BTR490 - Investigative Research Internship

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Subject Title
Investigative Research Internship

Subject 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.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • 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

Essential 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.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.