Capstone Prospectus

Introduction:

The prospectus is the capstone proposal that details the goals and expectations for your project. It contains information including the project plan, expectations, rationale, methods, timelines, and proposed outcomes. It is essential that the prospectus is approved prior to starting the project itself. This protects you by providing a common, agreed-upon goal.

Note: Work performed on contract for a third party or for an employer is their property. You must obtain their permission to include the work. Your work will not be evaluated until the appropriate form or forms have been provided as a separate attachment:

The IT Capstone Waiver-Release Form: Complete and submit with your Capstone work.

The IT Capstone Employer Release Template: Complete this form to obtain authorization if your Capstone project is based upon or includes restricted information. Submit this form with your Capstone work.

Task:

Develop a prospectus for your project in which you complete the following:

A. Summarize in an abstract (suggested length of 200 words) the important prospectus points. Include the following points:

1. Business/IT problem under investigation

2. Plan

3. Research methodology

4. Implementation proposal

5. Proposed outcomes

B. Summarize in an introduction (suggested length of 6–9 pages) the capstone’s highlights. Include the following:

1. The scope of the project

2. Your rationale for choosing this project

3. A problem statement

4. The background of the problem

5. The need for this solution

6. Your reasons for the chosen approach

7. The organization of the prospectus

C. Summarize in a business statement or an IT problem statement (suggested length of 3–5 pages) the components of the problem. Include the following:

1. Background information of the problem

2. Causes of the problem

3. Business impacts of the problem

4. Cost analysis

Note: The cost analysis should deal with the costs of the implementation of the solution, not the costs incurred because of the problem.

5. Risk analysis

Note: The risk analysis should deal with the risks of the implementation of the solution, not the risks incurred because of the problem.

6. Assumptions about the problem

7. Limitations of the problem

8. Technical terms used in the statement

D. Explain (suggested length of 4–6 pages) why a technology solution is needed.

1. Discuss the business drivers (i.e., important and relevant business factors).

a. Justify the importance of the business drivers.

2. Discuss what could happen if no technology solution were implemented.

3. Justify the technology solution within business priorities.

E. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.

Capstone Written Report
Introduction:

For this assessment, you will provide a detailed report of the result of executing your project. This task covers all aspects of the project plan from analysis (systems and process audit) to post-implementation support. The report has thirteen sections that receive formal grading according to the rubric provided.

Task:

Develop a capstone project that includes the following sections:

A. Abstract (suggested length of 200 words)

1. Summarize the most important points of the project. Include the following in your summary:

• Business/IT problem under investigation

• Plan

• Research methodology

• Implementation proposal

• Proposed and actual outcomes

B. Introduction

1. Summarize the capstone’s highlights. Include the following in your summary:

• Project scope, including problem definition

• Defense of the solution

• Methodology justification

• Explanation of the organization of the capstone report

C. Systems and Process Audit

1. Explain the audit that occurred prior to the project design and development phase. Include the following information in your explanation:

• Audit details

• Clear problem statement

• Problem causes

• Business impact of the problem on various organizational units

• Cost analysis

• Risk analysis

D. Detailed and Functional Requirements

1. Explain what is required to execute the project. Include the following in your explanation:

• Functional (end-user) requirements

• Detailed requirements

• Existing gaps that a successful project would fill

E. Project Design

1. Create a project plan to design, develop, test, and implement a solution that addresses the problem statement. Include the following information in your plan:

• Scope

• Assumptions

• Project phases

• Timelines

• Dependencies

• Resource requirements

• Risk factors

• Important milestones

• Deliverables

F. Methodology

1. Explain your approach to resolving the problem. Include the following in your explanation:

• Different potential approaches for project phases

• Shortcomings (if any) in your approach

2. Defend your approach. Include the following points in your defense:

• Justification of the scalability of the chosen approach

• Justification of the long-term success of the chosen approach

G. Project Development

1. Explain the process for developing your project. Include the following in your explanation:

• Hardware

• Software

• Tech stack

• Architecture details

2. Justify the resources used.

3. Discuss the final output.

H. Quality Assurance

1. Discuss your approach to quality assurance. Include the following in your discussion:

• Specify the quality assurance criteria.

2. Explain how you tested your solution. Include the following in your explanation:

• Justification for test cases and scenarios

• Acceptance criteria

I. Implementation Plan

1. Discuss the plan for implementing the project. Include the following in your discussion:

• Strategy for the implementation

• Phases of the rollout

• Details of the go-live

• Dependencies (if any)

• Deliverables

• Training plan for users

J. Risk Assessment

1. Discuss quantitative and qualitative risks associated with your solution.

2. Develop a cost/benefit analysis for each risk by addressing the following:

• The risk of a benefit shortfall and what a shortfall will cost (e.g., If you predict a 50% decrease in malicious attacks on a particular system, what is the cost of not meeting that benefit level?)

• The risk of a cost overrun and its consequences (e.g., Would a cost overrun result in forced reduced staffing?)

3. Explain how you would mitigate these risks. Include the following in your explanation:

• Rollback plan

• Alternatives to the original implementation plan, with pros and cons of each

K. Postimplementation Support and Issues

1. Discuss postimplementation support for the solution.

2. Discuss the resources needed for postimplementation support.

3. Develop a plan for short- and long-term maintenance.

L. Conclusion, Outcomes, and Reflection

1. Summarize the project.

a. Discuss the deliverables that you are submitting (e.g., program listings, flow diagrams, site plans).

b. Discuss the outcomes (e.g., How did those affected react? Was your project actually implemented? How do you feel about your work?).

2. Reflect on what you learned from the process.

M. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.

Oral presentation
A. Prepare a multimedia presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote) about your project (suggested length of 10–15 slides and approximately 15 minutes) by doing the following:

1. Provide a short self-introduction.

2. Present an overview of your final capstone project, including the following information:

• Why you chose your project

• An overview of the problem discussed in your project

• What your project consisted of

• Any special strategies you used

• Successes in achieving the milestones outlined in your project

• Any issues or obstacles you encountered

3. Discuss the following topics:

• What you learned in each of the following domains of study:

– Cyberlaw, regulations, and compliance

– Leadership and professionalism

– Security planning and management

– Systems security

• How you will apply what you learned to your professional work.

B. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

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