In the Information Systems Consulting Project Course, small student teams collaborate with community-based organizations to develop useful information system solutions to meet real management needs. Each project team proposes, defines, designs and implements a working information system or application with the project client. Teams act as consultants working 'with' and not 'for' their project clients. At the completion of the project, each team must provide a sustainable solution that fits the client's objectives, organization constraints and capabilities.
For organizations interested in designing or redesigning their website a strong engagement opportunity is through the project-based course “Mobile Web Design and Development.” This course is taught in the Fall semester and emphasizes design and user-experience with either a web or app interface. In Mobile Web, small student teams work with partners over 6 weeks to rapidly solidify the project vision and deliver multiple solution prototypes. The students leverage a user-centered approach to designing wireframes, capturing client feedback, and implementing the prototype. Through this process, clients gain clarity about the direction and priorities for their website or app interface. Engagement in this course serves as a great precursory step for a full-semester Spring engagement in the Information Systems Consulting Project Course.
For information on becoming a community partner for either course, contact Julia Poepping, Associate Director of Partner Development (email@example.com).
For more information on the Fall Mobile Web Design Course, contact Professor Sara Moussawi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on the Spring Student Consulting Course and the Information Systems program, contact Professor Joe Mertz (email@example.com).
❝ 373 was an incredible opportunity to engage with a client, enter into a problem space, and then deliver a solution. It definitely gave me a sense of confidence in my ability to tackle real-world technological challenges. But more importantly, it solidified my belief that I can use my education to help make a difference for non-profit organizations across the country.❞- Student
❝The course offers a great opportunity for students to develop their skills while benefiting the society, particularly as the work involved enriches their learning experience and civic responsibility. Personally, it brings me great joy to see my students flourish as young professionals, all while providing meaningful community service.❞- IS Professor
❝ 373 challenged me both in the technical aspect, but mostly in the collaboration and client relations aspect. There were higher stakes in our project than usual class projects, but the impact of our solution for our client motivated my team to put worthwhile effort in. At the end of the semester, I can definitely say I was proud of the deliverable, but mostly the entire process that semester.❞- Student
❝ 67-373 follows a service-learning model, but student teams act as consultants working “with” and not “for” their clients. Students do not merely provide technical support or software development. Instead, they work in partnership with their clients to solve an organization problem with an IS solution.❞
❝ 373 was the most useful and applicable course I took at CMU. It was a great learning experience in how to work as a team, and create a product for a real world client. It was also the most rewarding class I’ve ever taken because you really get to make difference by creating something for a non-profit that does amazing work for our community. ❞- Student
❝ 373 was an invaluable opportunity to get real-world consulting experience while working with a non-profit organization. It was a great experience in navigating organizational requirements and team based consultant work, and it really prepares students well for internships, where they are similarly faced with an unfamiliar organization and an unfamiliar problem to solve.❞