Information Systems Undergraduate Degree Project: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Final Year Project Module

Patricia Roberts, Sunila Modi, Francois Roubert, Boyka Simeonova, Angelos Stefanidis

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The place of an individual project in the final year of Information Systems (IS) undergraduate degrees at UK universities is well established. In this paper we compare the final year project modules at four UK universities: the University of Brighton, the University of South Wales, University of West London and the University of Westminster. We find that the aims of the projects are similar, emphasising the application of the knowledge and skills from the taught element of their course in a complex development project, often including interactions with a real client. Although we show in this analysis that projects serve a similar purpose in the IS degree courses, the associated learning outcomes and the assessment practice varies across the institutions. We identify some gaps in the skills and abilities that are not being assessed. In further work we are planning to consult final year students undertaking their projects and their supervisors, in order to gain an understanding of how project assessment criteria are actually put to use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems: Development, Applications, Education
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319243665
ISBN (Print)9783319243658
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015
EventInformation Systems: Development, Applications, Education - Gdansk, Poland, September 25, 2015
Duration: 1 Sept 2015 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


ConferenceInformation Systems: Development, Applications, Education
Period1/09/15 → …


  • final year project
  • capstone
  • undergraduate degree
  • information systems
  • teaching
  • IS education
  • IS curriculum


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