Capstone Project

Summary

The purpose of the course is that the student, based on previously acquired knowledge, develops insight into and practical experience of what it is like to lead and work in an innovation project that focuses on a reality-based challenge without any specified solution.

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 180 credits in the subject of computer science or related and relevant subjects. Examples of such subjects include informatics, computer and information science, information systems, interaction design, human-computer interaction and media technology.
  2. At least 15 credits in programming, system development or equivalent.
  3. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 at the Swedish upper secondary level
  4. At least a passing grade on the courses: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Digital Society and Emerging Digital Technologies.
In addition to the above formal entry requirements, it is also assumed that the student has knowledge from the course Designing and Evaluating Innovation.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2021

Course Code:
DA624E revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Capstone projekt
Level of specialisation
A1N
Main fields of study:
Computer Science
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
26 August 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Technology and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
25 March 2019

Entry requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 180 credits in the subject of computer science or related and relevant subjects. Examples of such subjects include informatics, computer and information science, information systems, interaction design, human-computer interaction and media technology.
  2. At least 15 credits in programming, system development or equivalent.
  3. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 at the Swedish upper secondary level
  4. At least a passing grade on the courses: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Digital Society and Emerging Digital Technologies.
In addition to the above formal entry requirements, it is also assumed that the student has knowledge from the course Designing and Evaluating Innovation.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the programme Computer Science: Innovation for change in a digital society and can be included in a Master's degree in Computer Science (120 credits).

Purpose

The purpose of the course is that the student, based on previously acquired knowledge, develops insight into and practical experience of what it is like to lead and work in an innovation project that focuses on a reality-based challenge without any specified solution.

Contents

Each student is part of an innovation project. The project members develop a solution based on a reality-based challenge. The team is jointly responsible for understanding the problem, investigating the needs, finding suitable solutions, prototyping, evaluating solutions etc. based on their knowledge from previous courses. The team presents and documents the results appropriately, through e.g. pitches, product presentations, results description, project planning, division of responsibility and experiences/reflections. At the end of the course, each student compiles a report with reflections on the processes, methods, teamwork and solution.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Once the course is completed, the student shall be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • central concepts and methods used to create sustainable change through innovation in a digital society, and
  • what is needed to participate in and lead an innovation project, including, for example, social relations, conflict management and leadership.
Competence and abilities
Once the course is completed, the student shall be able to demonstrate:
  • the ability to critically and creatively assess and manage complex situations with limited information,
  • competence and ability to apply appropriate methods and tools to construct a solution to a reality-based challenge that is tailored to needs and the target group,
  • the ability to verbally and in writing clearly describe and discuss his or her conclusions in dialogue with different groups, and
  • competence and ability to plan, implement, manage and evaluate innovation processes within predetermined time frames in a team.
Evaluation abilities and approach
Once the course is completed, the student shall demonstrate the ability:
  • to make assessments and relate to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects,
  • to make judgements and relate to economic, ecological and social sustainability,
  • to reflect on his or her role and development in relation to the processes, methods, team and solution, and
  • to identify his or her own need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for his or her own development of knowledge.

Learning activities

A few lectures/workshops/seminars are carried out during the course, which will otherwise consist of independent work, project work and supervision.

Assessments

Grading is based on oral and written examination, including active participation, through the following elements:

  • Project work - 5 credits - UA
  • Reflection task - 2.5 credits - UA
Requirements for a passing grade (A-E): Pass in all elements. Final course grade is weighted according to:
  • Project work: 1
  • Reflection task: 1

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Recommended reading:
  • Cook, Peter (2013). The New Rules of Management: How to Revolutionise Productivity, Innovation and Engagement by Implementing Projects That Matter [Electronic resource]. Wiley
  • Ramfelt, Lena, Kjellberg, Jonas & Kosnik, Tom (2014). Gear Up: Test your Business Model Potential and Plan your Path to Success. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons
A collection of scientific articles will be added to the above mentioned literature.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who are taking or have completed a course with the opportunity to share their experiences of and opinions about the course in the form of a course evaluation that is arranged by the University. The University compiles the course evaluations and notifies the results and any decisions regarding actions brought about by the course evaluations. The results shall be kept available for the students. (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

When a course is no longer given, or the contents have been radically changed, the student has the right to re-take the examination, which will be given twice during a one year period, according to the syllabus which was valid at the time of registration.

Other Information

The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology.

Further information

Application

29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program