Capstone

MIM Capstone Project Information Session Slides (Fall2017) – for students taking INFM 736 in the Fall 2017 and INFM 737 in the Spring 2018 semesters.

The MIM Capstone Experience is a core requirement of the MIM program. It consists of 2-full semester courses, totaling 6 credits. Students will work on an information management related project. The capstone project can be either research or design oriented and involves identifying an information problem in a real-world setting and developing the means to address this problem.

Note: Students are required to complete the MIM core classes (INFM 600, INFM 603, INFM 605, and INFM 612) prior to enrolling in INFM 736.

Goals of the Capstone experience:
  • Allow students to demonstrate skills and knowledge they have gained during their course of study.
  • Provide a rich environment for testing and developing the students abilities to recognize and capitalize on opportunities 
    that use information management techniques to efficiently improve organizations.
  • Provides students a variety of experiences tackling real information management challenges faced by organizations in all sectors of society.

The 2 Capstone courses involve the following components:

INFM 736 Information Management Experience (3 credits)
  • Must be taken prior to INFM 737

  • Offered only in the fall semesters

  • Curriculum covers:
  • Project Requirements Gathering
  • Project Planning

 INFM 737 Information Management Capstone Experience (3 credits)
  • Offered only in the spring semesters

  • Curriculum covers:
  • Project Execution
  • Project Conclusion

During INFM 736 the students will be presented with a list of the capstone projects offered during that academic year. Project assignments are made by the instructor, based on the information provided by the students and the clients. Students are encouraged to find their capstone project.
Note: Student submitted projects must be approved by the instructor prior to the fall semester. Examples of project deliverables are a market research paper, a functioning website, a product evaluation report, or a written report describing the project.

Clients work with the students to complete the requirements gathering and develop a project plan, including a full project definition and scope in the fall semester. In the spring semester the students work independently for 10-hours each week to complete their projects. Students are expected to schedule a 1 hour weekly virtual or in-person meeting with their clients,  to allow the student and the clients the opportunity to evaluate the progress and direction of the projects.

At the end of the spring semester, student projects are showcased at the iSchool Experiential Learning Expo, where the students present a poster about their projects. Current and potential clients are encouraged to attend the Expo, allowing an opportunity for the clients to meet the students and faculty at the iSchool, and view current student projects. 

More information can be found at http://projects.mim.umd.edu/ .

**Please note that as of Fall 2013, students must receive a B or better in each of their required specialization courses. Students who receive a B- or lower will be required to retake the course.