BTR490 Course Outline

Course Code: BTR490
Course Name: Investigative Research Internship
Offered Date: Summer - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This research internship will take place over a summer semester and will be conducted off-campus with Web-based support from an advisor. In this course students will be required to research opportunities for the use of information technology in business, in government, or in not-for-profit organizations. Students will work on their own with online support from an advisor and from standards and resources published to the Web. Students will identify the need for a computer system in a selected organization, analyze the preliminary requirements of the system, and then create a system development proposal according to published guidelines. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor will meet online with each student at regular intervals to review the student's progress, answer questions and give feedback on work performed to date.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the BSD / IFS program.
Prerequisite: BTS430 and (BTP400 or BTI420)
Mode of Instruction: Three hours activity-based learning per week. 1 hour online or in person interaction with instructor
Learning Outcomes:
  • Complete self-directed Web-based tutorials on some or all of the following topics: Overview of Organizational or I.T. system Operation; Holding Professional Meetings; Requirements Gathering Review; Proposal Writing; ROI Guidelines
  • Choose to communicate project status to the course advisor in a professional manner, via online meetings
  • Analyze the operation of an organization or system in order to create a development proposal showing how information technology could be used to improve operations
  • Create a project proposal in writing according to a given format
  • Create and follow a proposed schedule of self-directed work, setting, adjusting and meeting deadlines for required deliverables
  • Create an accurate, professionally formatted, analysis based upon investment research of a system's or an organization's operation that allows for the determination of potential costs and benefits of a proposed information technology based solution.
  • Choose to interview organizational employees to gain an understanding of the operations of the organization and create online interview reports for each interview, following a specific report format
  • Choose to negotiate project proposal content with the course advisor and create a change report, following a specific report format, for each change negotiated
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction to the Course and the Process of Requirements Research
    • Students will meet with the instructor in a classroom environment to discuss client communication, research techniques, and course deliverables, and to become familiar with course processes.
    • Student teams will identify milestones and work with the instructor to create a schedule for research activities and deliverable submission.
  •     Research Activities
    • Student teams will work with clients to develop a series of course deliverables including draft requirements and cost benefit analyses. Students will also submit weekly time sheets and will track acti
    • Deliverables will be submitted to the instructor online and an instructor-team discussion of the work will take place either online or in person.
  •     Final Deliverable
    • The final requirements document, created using an agreed upon template, will be submitted to the instructor online for final grading.
Prescribed Text(s):
  • None
Reference Material:
  • To be provided by instructor
  • None
Promotion Policy:

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the final exam
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and all other assessments


Systems Development Proposal 100%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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