Program Structure

The MIS Honors Practicum is a special 2-semester version of the MIS Practicum (BUS119A).The honors class consists of BUS119H (counts as the BUS119A required course) plus uses one elective (BUS118H). The purpose of this opportunity is to provide you with real world experience working as a team on a significant MIS project and learning about all the issues associated its successful completion. You get to work within a team where everyone is smart and motivated. The class is small. You will get personal attention and coaching. See what past Honors students have said.

BUS119H is an advanced course on the Practice of MIS, particularly the implementation of information systems. Its purpose is to provide you with real world experience working on an application project and learning about all the issues associated with the successful completion of the project.

As a practicum, BUS119H provides the opportunity to learn a number of skills directly related to being successful in the workplace.

BUS119H provides an opportunity to:

  • Participate in a team to complete a significant IT project for an organization in the community.
  • Develop and practice the following key skills
    • using industry-standard project management tools and methods
    • applying technical skills to a business need
    • teamwork
    • leadership
    • communication
    • flexibility and adaptability

Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Act professionally as a team-member to plan, design, implement and deliver a real-world application project that is accepted by the sponsor
  • Identify issues associated with the development and management of MIS projects and formulate appropriate strategies for handling them
  • Create and use project management plans and updates in accordance with industry standards

How is this different from a regular 119A class?

  • The two-semester format allows bigger, more important and more interesting projects
    • Learn new technical skills
    • Learn deeper project management skills than in 119A
    • Gain a great addition to your resume
  • The small class size allows a level of coaching and personal attention that is impossible in regular classes.
  • The two-semester format allows use of class time for bonus activities such as
    • Guest speakers
    • Personal resume / career coaching
  • Only honors students are in the class
    • Everyone is smart, interested and motivated
    • No freeloading is tolerated
  • As a participant in the honors program, you have access to other honors-only opportunities
    • Honors-only study travel abroad
    • Special networking opportunities
    • Honors-only field trips to participating companies

Program Expectations

Students selected for the Honors Program are provided to companies/organizations in teams of at least 3 or more and are expected to work approximately 8-10 hours each per week on the project. The projects are two semesters long providing sufficient time to successfully complete complex real projects. The class meets on Mondays 6:00PM - 8:45PM.