Course Syllabus

This 6-unit course is the companion course to 08-607 Privacy-by-design Practicum, also known as the MSIT-PE capstone project. The purpose of this course is to help guide students through the capstone project as well as to improve students’ project management, group work, and presentation skills.


This course meets weekly in GHC 6501.

Each sponsoring organization has identified a contact person, whom you should meet with (virtually) on a weekly basis. In addition, we have assigned a faculty advisor to each project. You should meet with the advisor on a weekly basis as well and CC your advisor on all emails with your sponsor.

The semester goes by quickly so you will want to develop a plan and timeline for your project quickly and stay on schedule. It is important that you get off to a good start and identify any obstacles early on so that you have time to address them. If you are running into problems with your group members, your sponsor, access to resources, etc. please let your advisor or the 08-606 faculty know so they can help you address them.


Grades will be based on your attendance and active participation in class, and on the work you present in class. This will be separate from the grade you receive in 08-607, which will be based on your final project deliverables, final report, final presentation, and how well your deliverables satisfied the sponsor’s needs.


Schedule   Tentative, subject to change




ASSIGNMENT (to be done before class)

August 31

Projects introduced. Go over logistics and expectations.  

September 7

Presentation tutorial, Nisha Shanmugaraj, Associate Director, Global Communication Center

Submit project preference forms at by midnight August 31. Team assignments will be distributed on or before September 7.

September 14

5-minute presentations with project description, milestones, and timeline

  • Hold kickoff meeting with sponsor and advisor by September 12
  • Set up weekly meetings with sponsor and advisor
  • Draft project milestones and timeline
  • Prepare 5-minute presentation

September 21

Project update presentations

Prepare 5-minute presentation

September 28

8-minute presentations on related work

  • Prepare initial literature review to share with your advisor and submit in class
  • Prepare 8-minute presentation on related work

October 5 - in GHC 7501 today

Project update presentations

(Norman out of town)

Prepare 5-minute presentation

October 12

Project update presentations

Prepare 5-minute presentation

October 19

Project update presentations

Prepare 5-minute presentation

October 26

Discuss expectations for presentations and final reports

November 2

Project update presentations

Prepare 5-minute presentation

November 9

Review slides in class

First draft of presentation slides due in class

TUESDAY, November 14, 1-3 pm (no class November 16)

Practice talks

Draft report due to faculty and advisor

November 23

Thanksgiving, no class

November 30, noon-3 pm, GHC 4405

Final presentations

  • Final report due to faculty, advisor, and sponsor
  • Self and peer evaluation


Course Summary:

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