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Introduction
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program prepares students to be IT professionals, be well versed on application installation, operation, development, maintenance and administration, and familiar with hardware installation, operation, and maintenance. (CMO 53 s. 2006) Capstone project is required for the BSIT program. It should be in the form of a systems application or an enterprise resource plan (CMO 53 s. 2006). The skills, methods and theories learned by the students in their stay in the BSIT program are applied in this output-oriented course. This is a very special course in the BSIT program. Students do it in the final year of studies and it is their opportunity to demonstrate that they can indeed meet the levels of performance expected of an IT professional. The Capstone Project includes project proposal, feasibility studies, intellectual property, teamwork, budget, schedule, management, professional communications (i.e. reports, presentations), planning, design, implementation, deployment, and testing. Students will be expected to do much more than “get something working”. They will be expected to meet a number of strictly enforced milestones and to take considerable initiative in realizing specific goals. Moreover, the Capstone Project is a way of determining whether students are ready to graduate. The Capstone Project has a number of educational objectives. Although each Research / Capstone Project is different and the relative emphasis will vary, the subject will involve students in: * Bringing together and integrating knowledge and skills in the course as a whole; * Reinforcing and developing competencies that have not been sufficiently emphasized in the fundamental subjects; * Defining a substantial engineering study or design task and carrying it to completion within a specified time and to a professional standard; * Completing a comprehensive written and bound report that places the Research / Capstone Project in context, defines its objectives, and describes the work done with the resulting conclusions or recommendations; * Bridging the gap between the undergraduate studies and the professional future, and demonstrating professional competencies and capabilities; * Demonstrating initiative and creativity, taking pride in the achievement of a difficult task. Through this course, students are prepared in their respective careers. The bulk of the work (i.e., the Research / Capstone Project work itself) is to be done outside of the classroom. I. Research / Capstone Project Agenda

The Research / Capstone Project agenda/thrust of the College of Information and Computer Studies (CICS) in this university includes the following:
* Business and Industry Development
* Business Studies
* Industry Studies or Ancillary Studies
* Spatial Studies
* Socioeconomic Development Component
* Poverty Studies
* Education Studies
* Good Governance Studies
* Poverty Alleviation and Reduction of Income Inequality
* Addressing Urban-Industrial Spatial Imbalances
* Promoting a Globally-Competitive Service Sector in Central Visayas These are aligned with the Zonal Research Center (ZRC) established in the University of San Carlos (USC) through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) which spans to member institutions in Cebu and Bohol and aligned with the national research roadmap. It is expected that the students capstone projects / researches shall be in parallel with the already laid down priority areas of UC, ZRC and the Philippines at large. II. IT Research by ACM

The academic discipline of Information Technology can well be characterized as the most integrative of the computing disciplines. One implication of this characteristic is that a graduate of an IT program should be the first one to take responsibility to resolve a computing need, no matter what source or description of the problem, and what solution that...
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