I am new to the this course and its process , how can I start ?
Read the quick start sheet at the following link.
CIS490 Quick Start Guide
How can I introduce myself on Webct as per our first course assignment?
You need to read introduction assignment instructions and apply them precisely and completely (including
adding a photo of yourself). You need to create a webct student homepage using available and simple webct tools
no later than Thursday Jan 27 , 2005. This is not a programming assignment . However , adding
every thing inside your webct homepage except for external links (dont link to an external homepage of yourself) . See
introduction instructions are also available via the link below .
Webct Introduction Assignment (CIS490)
Where can I find Spring 2005 projects ?
Please visit the following link :
When you are prompted to enter your password, please enter
How can I learn more about projects in Spring 2005 database ?
To learn about available projects , you can do one or more of the follwing :
1- Read projects descriptions carefully , visit sponsors websites and read their attachments (if
2- Contact project sponsor by an email , a phone call or a visit. All contact information is availble
in our projects database linked above. However ,you cannot reserve a project directly from the sposnor.
3- Attend sponosors presentations sessions from Jan 25-27, 2005 in class
4- Ask me about more details (if available). In many cases , I might be able to provide you with
additional information upon request.
How can I select a project I like ?
Since only project managers can reserve projects , you have two options :
1- Become a project manager , select and reserve an available project.
2- Apply to a project manager who has already selected a project you are interested in.
(Make sure that this project manager has vacanacies that match your skill set )
What if I have an additional project that is not in the Spring 2005 database list
We only accept industry-sposnored project or projects from students who apply to the enterpreneurship track
. However , we are totally booked for the Spring 2005 semester because of the overwhelming number of project
requests we received . Therefore , we cannot accept any more industry -sponsored projects for Spring 2005 . Yet , if
your employer or somebody you know wishes to sponsor a project in the future , we will be happy to accomodate
his/her needs for Summer or Fall 2005 . We may have a very limited room though for students enterpreneurs
in Spring 2005.
How can I apply for a Project Manager position ?
Deadline is approaching soon .Please apply by Friday Jan 21st , 2005 or before .
To apply please visit the following link .When you are prompted to enter your password , please enter :capstone
Project Manager Application (Click here)
Project Managers FAQ's
If I applied for a project manager position , how and when would
I know if I was approved or if there is something missing from my application ?
- I will send you an approval notice by email with instructions and guidenace
- You can visit View Project Managers Spring 2005 to see if you were among approved project managers .
- If you craeted an optional account for your application you can always access your account to view the
decision on your application (instructor section at the bottom of the application form).
Your application will be reviewed and processed ASAP (most likely within 48-72 hour of your application date)
How can I reserve a project ?
As mentioned above , only project managers can reserve projects . So , first of all you need to apply
to a PM position using the link above . Secondly , you need to use our reservation system on the webboard at
Just reply to my message "Reserve Your Project Here" by
a request for reservation and title your reply with the title of the project you wish
to reserve and the name of its sponsor .
How would I know which projects are reserved by others so I can either reserve available projects as a PM or apply to a PM who reserved a project I am interested in?
Three ways to get that (the first is the easiest):
1- View our Project Managers List , their Contact Info and their Reservations at
2- Reserved projects will be marked as (reserved by : PM Name) on sponsors proposals
forms available on our projects database [linked above]
3-Visit our reservationn system at :
Click on (Reserve Your Project Here) and see if your project was reserved or not .
I will also mark reserved projects on the online proposal form as reserved and provide the name
of the project manager who reserves any project on the same proposal form
How do I know that my reservation is confirmed ?
The first who reserves will usually gets the project .
This often takes place
except for three conditions :
1- We decided to postpone or cancel this project for some reason .This is not common
2- The project manager with his/her team decided to change the project (in the grace period of two weeks
before the semester or one week during the first two weeks of the semester ).
3- The team did not have the
skill set for this project as opposed to another team that was also interested in this same project at a later time
Can I change a project I have already reserved ?
After the beginnig of the semester , you have one week grace period to change your project (as long as this
happens before Feb 1st , 2005 ). After Feb 1st , you cannot change your project
I was in your CIS490 class in Fall 2004 as a
project manager , do I need to re-apply ?
This is abolutely required .If you were a project manager in Fall 2004 ,
you have to re-new this again or otherwise you have to choose a different role in the team . To renew , you have to re-apply
by following instructions above.Please note that your application may be approved or not depending on your performance in
What are project manager responsibilities after he/she gets approved
and reserves a project ?
Please see project managers FAQ's linked above for full details
How many people can form a team ?
This semester I am highly recommending 4 people in a team .Yet , max
of 6 people may be accepted -if necessary - with subtantially more workload and requirements.
What is the team formation process and structure ? What are the rules
for free riders ?
Please see attachment below to answer these questions.
Team Formation Process
How would I know that a team has available vacancies for team members ?
Projecct managers are required to annonce their vacancies via appropriate Webct discussion board and webct
email . They have to announce their approved project selection , the title of the position available and the skill set
How can I apply to a team as a team member?
You need to apply directly to the project manager via webct email . You can use your resume , your webct introduction and/or the team member position application to support your application
. The project manager should reply to you within 48 hours with a decision .The PM has to explain his/her decision if your
application is not approved (reason may include but not limited to availability and skill set required)
What if I applied to a team
but was not approved ?
Please re-apply to another team as soon as you
can . Team position applicants have to re-apply to other teams - if they were not accepted in their initial applications .They
need to keep trying until they find a job and get approved. Unemployment
rate should be set to zero in this class. Instructor will give extra help whenever necessary .You need
a team to continue with this class. This is a team-driven project class! We will find you a team if you could not find one
after 5 documented attempts. You have to be in a team by Feb 8th , 2005 as a final deadline .
What should we do after forming our team ?
Four things :
1- Submit your team certificate form online (password : capstonecertificate) . I will create a private discussion
board for your team as soon as possible .
2- Contact your sponsor , confirm to sposnor your approved project selection and start learning
about the problem and developing the phases of the solution .
3- Project managers have to report to me team progress via mandatory online progress reports (password : capstoneprogress )every other week starting from Feb 13 , 2005 and until the end of the
semester as indicated on our course calendar .
4- Start preparing for your first team presentation