CAS Students Take on Real-World IT Challenge

Posted on: January 8, 2013

Via 20 teams of undergraduate IT students are hoping to assist mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits with their digital problems. As part of the final course in the information technology management specialization at MSU, students will be required to work in cross-functional teams on a real-world IT (information technology) project with an actual client. Currently, there is still a need for area “clients” to participate in this academic project.

TISM faculty member Constantinos Coursaris, who teaches the course, says that the students in the IT management specialization are capable of taking on a wide range of technology-related projects due to the students' wide variety of skill sets including telecommunications, computer science, and business.

A short list of successful projects recently completed by the specialization include:

Web Sites and Web-based Content Management Systems: Student teams designed and implemented “content management systems,” for organizations such as the Lansing Old Town Business and Arts Development Association and TechTown, Detroit’s research and technology development park along the Woodward corridor. These systems provide the organizations with a simple interface to keep their Web sites up to date themselves.

Database and Workflow Systems: Student teams also help with “back end” office operations. For example, one team designed and implemented a new membership database for the Michigan Kiwanis Club using Microsoft Access and another team used Microsoft InfoPath to design and implement a workflow system for a petroleum distribution company.

Wireless Web Access: A student team created a prototype for the Oakland County Mobile Services system to format Web site information for smaller screens on mobile phones and PDAs.

Video Production: Students produced promotional videos and DVDs for clients ranging from St. Johns Public Schools to Walnut Hills Country Club.

Social Media Management: Students created a comprehensive social media strategy, initial presence, and maintenance plan for Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub and other local companies.

Currently, Professor Coursaris is accepting proposals from area organizations (business, government, or non-profit) interested in participating in the project as "clients". Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Dr. Coursaris via e-mail at by January 21, 2013. 

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