INFM 211-10
Informatics Culminating Project
Summer 2020 Syllabus

Jason Kaltenbacher
Office Hours: By appointment. Appointment can be via telephone or online.

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Course Description

All Informatics students are required to complete a culminating project for the MS in Informatics degree program. The culminating project demonstrates mastery through the application of knowledge and skills developed in the Informatics program. Students select from two options: (1) an Organizational Consulting Project with a real-world partner to address a specific Informatics-related problem; or, (2) a personal e-Portfolio that presents a program-based assessment of all program learning outcomes (core competencies) learned during the MS in Informatics degree program.

Course Requirements

The Organizational Consulting Project (OCP) is the culminating project for the Informatics degree. This is a practice-based project where each student demonstrates problem-solving and analytical abilities as well as project management and self-management skills. Each student will liaise with a client to identify a project, gather data, diagnose issues, and implement solutions.
Upon instructor approval, students may complete an alternative instructor-led e-Portfolio project which will fulfill the culminating project requirement of the MS in Informatics degree.
Students will be expected to complete the following course requirements depending on which culminating project selected:
Client Project
  • Project Updates to Instructor
  • Culminating Project Report
  • Culminating Project Presentation
Alternative e-Portfolio Project
  • Project Updates to Instructor
  • e-Portfolio - 6 written competency statement papers describing completion of Program Learning Outcomes, with associated coursework evidence and introductory, conclusion and affirmation sections
  • e-Portfolio - Project Presentation
Course Calendar
All culminating projects must be completed by Friday, August 7, 2020, 11:59 pm (Pacific Time). 


  1. This is a Credit/No Credit course. No letter grade will be awarded for this class.
  2. The culminating project and all related course assignments must be completed by the last day of the class.
  3. No late assignments will be accepted.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

Completion of all required curriculum, INFM 200-208 (18 units), by the end of the semester prior to enrolling in INFM 211

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualize and design informatics applications for specific challenges and contexts to demonstrate a broad understanding of informatics as a technical skill set focusing on user-centered systems that balance legal and ethical considerations and measures.

SLOs and PLOs

This course supports Informatics SLO 1: Conceptualize and design informatics applications for specific challenges and contexts to demonstrate a broad understanding of informatics as a technical skill set focusing on user-centered systems that balance legal and ethical considerations and measures.

SLO 1 supports the following Informatics Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • PLO 1 Apply technology informatics skills to solve specific industry data and information management problems, with a focus on usability and designing for users.
  • PLO 2 Evaluate, manage, and develop electronic records programs and applications in a specific organizational setting.
  • PLO 3 Demonstrate strong understanding of security and ethics issues related to informatics, user interface, and inter-professional application of informatics in specific fields by designing and implementing appropriate information assurance and ethics and privacy solutions.
  • PLO 4 Identify user needs, ideate informatics products and services, prototype new concepts, and evaluate a prototype's usability.
  • PLO 6 Conduct informatics analysis and visualization applied to different real-world fields, such as health science and sports.


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This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes will only be awarded in the case of serious medical or family issues (with appropriate documentation supplied).

University Policies

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