ITEC4000 - Independent Research Project in Information Technology.
ITEC 4000 - "Independent Research Project in Information Technology" is a for-credit ITEC course for 4th year students. Students who take ITEC4000 spend a period of time working on a research and/or development project under the supervision of a faculty member of the School of Information Technology. The exact work and required deliverables and deadlines vary depending on the supervisor and the project nature. They often include - but are not limited to - literature reviews, development of tools, instruments and example applications, data collection and analysis or research reports and presentations. ITEC4000 is graded like any other course, based on the performance of the student in the project. The title of the ITEC4000 project (max length of 40 characters) will appear in the student's transcripts.
Why do an Independent Project
By doing an ITEC4000 students have a unique opportunity to be exposed to how advanced research and development takes place. Depending on the project, students may develop new technical skills, learn how to acquire and analyze data, learn how to search the literature or become better at preparing scientific reports and presentations. Such experience is most important when a student is strongly interested in applying for graduate school such as for the MAIST (Master's of Information Systems and Technologies) offered by the School of ITEC. Both the experience and skills developed in ITEC4000 and the supervisor's exposure to the quality of the student's work strengthens the grad application potential.
Meeting the Prerequisites.
To be able to enroll ITEC4000 you must meet the course's minimum prerequisites. These include the General Prerequisites (1st and 2nd year courses) and many of the 3rd-year courses such as ITEC 3210, ITEC 3220 and ITEC 3230. Please check the detailed prerequisite listings by searching for the course in the Courses Web Site.
In addition to the minimum prerequisites, the supervisors may also have other qualifications to consider an application, such having taken additional courses (often above a grade level), have certain skills, meet GPA requirements etc.
Finding a Project
To be able to enroll ITEC4000 you have to first find a faculty member willing to supervise them. Faculty members typically advertise ITEC positions in the ITEC4000 projects list which can be found here. Each position offers at a minimum a project description and a list of qualifications.
Should you be interested to know more or apply for any of the projects you can simply contact the project supervisor directly or, preferably, by using this form.
Agreeing with Supervisor and Registering
As ITEC4000 are very demanding, supervisors have to make sure that you qualify for the project, prior to allowing you to enroll. They may ask you for additional information such as transcripts and CV and they ask want to interview you (even if they know you from their class). Once a supervisor has agreed to admit you for ITEC4000, the ITEC4000 registration form needs to be completed. Complete the parts that are relevant and known to you (Name, St. Number, etc.) and email it to the supervisor. The supervisor will then complete it, sign it and give it back to you for submission to the ITEC main office, which will complete your registration.
More Information and Contact
Students interested to learn more about ITEC4000 are strongly encouraged to view the current projects list and contact the corresponding faculty members. Questions on administrative aspects should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with "ITEC4000 Query" on the subject line.