Integrating Issues: The Environment ITM490 (SLP1)

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Integrating Issues: The Environment

The purpose of the Session Long Project in Trident University classes is to give you the opportunity to explore the applicability of the Module to your own life, work, and place in space and time, and to experiment with the Module to see how the otherwise academically rigorous presentation of a topic may, with more or less work and/or trauma, become "up close and personal".  This is done in a number of different ways -- sometimes cumulative papers, sometimes practical hands-on experimentation with a tool of some sort, sometimes reflections on a place of work or life.  The common thread is personal application, aimed at demonstrating a cumulative knowledge and understanding of the course's material.  The main purpose of the written parts of the assignments is to show that you've had some experiences doing the project, that you've thought carefully about what they mean for your own education, and that you can make some personal applications of this meaning to your own professional and/or personal understanding. Demonstrating this understanding is actually considerably more important than carrying out any specific step in the project instructions.

For this course, the Project will take the form of reading and reviewing the latest white papers, case studies, web casts and product information from Business Week’s Technology Research Library and writing an analysis of what you find.  Specific instructions for each module are found below.

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So -- that's the general SLP approach for this course.  If you have questions at any point about what to do or how to strategize your exercises, please contact your instructor for illumination and assistance. 

For Module 1:

The following reference sites provide a wide variety of white papers, case studies, web casts or product information relating to information technology management in practical contexts. You’ll be using these sites in all the SLP assignments for this course, so it might be helpful for you to begin with a general reconnaissance of all the sites to get a feel for what they contain:

Business Week’s Technical Research Library, found at

TechRepublic’s White Papers site, found at’s TechTarget Library, found at

For this Module, please select at least two white papers, case studies, web casts or product information items dealing with the general environment within which information technology decisions are made and/or external and internal constraints on IT decision making (that is, this module’s general topic).  Your aim should be to find some resources or information that will help you write a better case paper for this module.

Then, in 2-3 pages, address the following questions:

What your white papers, case studies or webcasts were all about

Why you selected the ones you did

What you learned from your experiences that was relevant to your case paper

Any things that you learned from this experience that should help you do the same thing in future modules


Please note:

Your grade is not dependent on the specific materials you select. Obviously, your learning will be greater the more you are able to accomplish; but the major factor in grading the Project will be the work that you invest in it and the energy that you apply to learning from the experience, whatever it might be.

SLP Assignment Expectations

LENGTH:  2-3 pages typed and double-spaced

The following items will be assessed in particular:

  • The degree to which you have carried out the assignment completely, or clarified why you could not and investigated alternatives
  • Your ability to focus on the overall purposes of the assignment, not just its specific steps
  • Your use of some in-text references to what you have read; please cite all sources properly


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