Corporate Connections - Student Projects
Since its inception in 1974 the MIS program at The University of Arizona has been at the forefront of applied research with its pioneering work in group decision making, big data management, artificial intelligence, and security among others.
Project Market Value
Master’s team projects are an incredible opportunity for firms and not-for-profits to engage a team of highly educated and experienced professionals that have been vetted by a top ranked academic program. Each team will contribute at least 450 work hours towards the client project. Using very moderate contracting numbers, this is equivalent to $35,000 in consulting value, plus an opportunity to observe potential employees in action.
Student Team Profile
The faculty selected student teams typically have five (5) student members who are selected so that each team will have a balanced mix of skills and talents. These students will have the benefit of a rigorous semester of core training in database, data communications and networking, enterprise data management, and business communications. In addition, they may also be enrolled in courses in business intelligence, web analytics and business foundations.
Students have outstanding academic records and substantial prior work experience consistent with admission to a MIS program. Past experience and education, Eller education, and faculty mentoring result into formidable professional teams that can be leveraged to create significant value for the client.
The success of the projects depends on the active engagement and commitment of clients and the student teams during the project scope formation, execution, and closing. Clients are asked to:
- Provide any data, resources, and background information necessary to complete the project
- Provide a primary contact person(s) that are available for regular status reports, consultation on issues that may arise, and
- Attend a final presentation of the project report
The Eller MIS department is committed to a “no surprises” engagement for the client and constructive feedback for the students. This mandates effective bilateral communication throughout the engagement.
Examples of Projects
- Technology selection and evaluation
- Feasibility studies and proof of concept for new products and services
- Data analytics projects related to demand estimation, diagnostic systems, market
- Competitive intelligence capture and analysis using advanced web crawlers and analytics
- Work flow analysis and design, process improvement
- Business intelligence/OLAP analysis and design
- Web-based portals and dashboards
Projects last one semester (15 weeks). Although each project will have its own specific contracted deliverables, all projects will provide the client with a written report of approximately 60-100 pages that gives an overview of the project objectives, the analysis or work done, and the results. There is also a final formal presentation with accompanying slides at the end of the semester.
Each project will be based on a signed project contract that will include the following:
- Project/Problem Statement
- Goal Statement
- In Scope
- Out of Scope
- Project Deliverables
- Project Timeline (not to exceed 15 weeks and coinciding with the semester dates)
- Communications Plan
Each student will have approximately 8 hours per week allocated towards the project. This implies a total of approximately 600 man-hours. Project contracts are finalized during the first two weeks of the semester.