The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
of New York University
The IT Projects course was designed by Professor Arthur Goldberg in 1995 to provide an opportunity for advanced graduate students to bridge the gap between classroom experience and real-world problem-solving. Students in the Computer Science and Information Systems graduate programs are organized in teams to address well-defined technical problems pertaining to the assessment, development and deployment of Internet, Intranet, and web technologies.
The IT Projects course is a hybrid of three typical graduate school experiences: the lecture, the seminar, and an internship. The students convene once each week in a classroom setting to consider topics such as the project specification process, project management techniques, technology assessment, performance evaluation, project review-and-revision cycles, and developing effective communication channels and presentation techniques. Project status reports are also presented in this setting over the course of the semester.
In addition to the weekly classroom meetings, students are expected to spend time (approximately one day) each week with the client on-site (or in special cases via electronic means), to help refine project specifications, gather data, review progress, test solution strategies, and, ultimately, to present the final results. The life cycle for a project is generally twelve to fourteen weeks, not including the initial organizational stage.
Specifications for a project are established jointly by the client and the course instructor, working with the project team. Students in some instances have been placed under terms of non-disclosure agreements, and potential conflicts-of-interest are screened in advance.
Any products or features produced in the context of the course, unless otherwise stipulated, are fully owned by the client, though generally it is best to specify projects that are not considered “mission critical” and do not include proprietary technology. As this is primarily an educational experience, not a commercial undertaking, there are no guarantees of results. However, the track record for previous projects is very strong.
A sample of recent clients and projects includes:
Projects are selected based upon factors such as the technical character of the problem, the match of the problem to the skills and interests of the graduate students, resource availability, and how the project might further the education and experience of the students.
In exchange for our assistance, clients must provide adequate resources for students to learn and to succeed on the project. A client-side project manager will spend one half to one day a week supervising and/or interacting with the students. The client is also required to provide facilities, such as computers, software and office space, as needed.
To learn more about the program please contact Michael Lewis, who will organize the course for the Spring 2001 semester. Prof. Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.