The MIS Capstone course consists of a student-executed Information Systems design project providing an in-depth, practical experience. The central challenge for Management Information Systems professionals is to productively design, implement, and manage information systems in a timely fashion. Management Information Systems challenges typically require an integrated and balanced set of perspectives, techniques, and methods to be effectively dealt with. The capstone course addresses that need by focusing on a real-life information systems design and development project that students execute using an Agile methodology. The project will typically cover the conceptualization, analysis, design, and production of a working, functional prototype of the system that serves as a proof of concept.
Students are expected to bring knowledge from the MIS core courses, their chosen electives, and their own experience into this course. Students must apply their knowledge, practice with different tools and techniques, examine a variety of points of view, critique the readings and each others' views, stretch their thinking, and ultimately to learn how to be effective MIS professionals. Students will finish the course with a clear recognition that there is no "one right way" to engineer and implement an information system.
Current Capstone Projects
Fall 2018 - Project 1
Client: FITGirl Inc.
Project: The FITGirl “EmpoweredU” is a web application that will serve both as a personal wellness trainer and social networking website so that its members can communicate with each other. The website will include tasks, challenges, and rewards based on their age levels and across four areas of wellness: physical, mental, relational and nutritional. Through this website, girls will be able to set goals for themselves like exercising half an hour a day and they will be offered rewards for achieving their goals. FITGirl “Empowered U” will have access to instructional videos, healthy recipes, and forums through which girls can benefit from and help other girls learn about the same.
Fall 2018 - Project 2
UNO Community Partnership
Project: UNO Community Partnership Initiative is a web application that will provide information about all the community activities taking place at UNO. It will facilitate the users to find new partners and projects by helping them establish an association between each other. The main goal of this project is to take advantage of Data Analytics and Data Visualization capabilities and to better understand our engagement with the community.
Recent Capstone Projects
Since its inception in 2008, the MIS capstone class has been successful in delivering working prototypes to the clients. The projects taken up by the capstone class are community-based projects aimed at helping the local community. Some of the projects that the MIS Capstone class has taken up are listed below.
Spring 2018 - Project 1
Client: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Medicine
Project: This project was an extension of the WebChart application done in Fall 2017. WeChart is a web application that will streamline the process of treating emergency care patients. The initial objective of this application was to allow medical students to triage patients and their instructors by providing feedback electronically and do away with the labor-intensive paperwork.
Spring 2018 - Project 2
Together for a greater good (TAGG)
Project: TAGG was created to provide businesses with a unique way to build loyalty and create marketing opportunities through supporting and giving back to the local community. The objective of the web application was to streamline and track all donation requests at one place and finding prospective donor organizations to the clients that need donations.
Spring 2018 - Project 3
Client: Council Bluffs Human Services Advisory Council
Project: Council Bluffs Human Services Advisory Council asked students at UNO to develop a professional looking website with minimal coding, that reads data from google sheets and enables them to maintain or add any future enhancements without any outside support (need for a professional web designer). The main challenge for the team was to find a solution that is simple enough and yet meets all the client requirements.
Spring 2018 - Project 4
Client: Omaha Fire Department and DOTComm
Project: A UNO Capstone team worked with the Omaha Fire Department and DOTComm to significant enhancements to the Fire Fighters Wellness application including tracking Fit Tests, immunizations, TB Tests, etc. This allows Firefighters and the Department to have one place to track Health and Wellness Records. The application eliminates the need to file and maintain paper records.
Peer-Based Benchmarking Tool
Project: Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha built an Open community web application called Peer-Based Benchmarking Tool (PBBT) for Higher Education that allows administrators to use the PBBT to simultaneously compare resources and performance between a couple, dozen, or even hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities. The PBBT relies on data that schools report to the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS). The primary goal of this application was to enhance the quality of UNO programs, services, operations, and processes.
Project: WeChart was built to assist medical students to increase their patient charting proficiency without having to fill-out actual patient information. This allowed students to learn a necessary skill set needed to ensure the best care for the patient which they currently either do not have access to or have very limited exposure to. The developed application allowed students to chart patient information in a system mimicking the system used in the real world. It also allows instructors to view the chart and provide feedback.
The project was a collaborative effort between the physicians at The University of Nebraska Medical Center and students of The Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis at The University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Spring 2017- Project 1
Client: New Cassel Retirement Center
Project: the UNO Team Marvel worked with the New Cassel Retirement Center to build a
Spring 2017- Project 2
Client: Omaha Fire Department and DOTComm
Project: a UNO Capstone team worked with the Omaha Fire Department and DOTComm to develop the Fire Fighters Wellness application. This allows Firefighters and the Department to have one place to track Health and Wellness Records. The application eliminates the need to file and maintain paper records and the costs associated with this.
Fall 2016- Project 1
Client: DoD Defense Accounting Agency
Project: The Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha worked on building a system for inventorying of skeletal elements which include capturing related information such as DNA, Biological Profile, measurements, zones, pathology, trauma, anomaly taphonomy, pairs, and articulations. Human remains that are commingled are often encountered in archaeological and forensic contexts. The system was able to provide a bone by bone inventory which is an important step in determining the minimum number of individuals, this process is necessary to determine the individual identification of the humans.
Fall 2016- Project 2
Client: Junior Achievement of the Midlands, Inc
Project: This project was a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) 2016 Fall Capstone Team and Junior Achievement of the Midlands, Inc. (client). To help the client, students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha built a website that provides secure authorization and authentication for all educators and volunteers to express their interests in the programs and to connect with the organization. Also, the website supports donation through PayPal for different events and teams that will participate in each event. Furthermore, the website facilitates user role management, frequently asked questions, and provides the list of all available programs and schools.
Spring 2016- Project 1
Client: Douglas County Emergency Management Agency (DCEMA) and DOTComm
Project: the UNO MavConnect team worked with the DCEM and DOTComm to select a chat tool and then used it to develop a mobile friendly “Livelog” chat application to assist coordinators and first responders coordinate activities during an emergency.
Spring 2016- Project 2
Client: Partnership for Kids
Project: The UNO MavRaptors team worked with the Partnership for Kids organization to add three major enhancements to an existing student reporting application. These enhanced features included a student staff alerting function using text messaging, an easy to use attendance features that can be done on
Spring 2016- Project 3
Client: Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)
Project: Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is one of the major providers of home care services, which includes companion care, skilled home care, IV therapy, Home Health Technology, Hospice, and Palliative care. VNA has to deal with frequent schedule changes of the caregivers and patients, to overcome this problem the students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, built a website that provides a secure access for all patients and caregivers regarding their upcoming and previous schedules. The solution has completely automated the client's process by providing in-depth data integration with the third-party systems, frequently asked questions, user role management, and schedule change notifications. The application is also integrated with Google Maps to provide directions to the appointments and PayPal to allow easy donations.
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Education Department (Spring 2015)
MS in MIS Capstone Team, known as MavMailers worked with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) College of Nursing (CON) Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) department to develop a mass mailing prototype application that can be used by the College of Nursing and other colleges within UNMC.
UNMC CON CNE collaborated with the Capstone students at UNO’s MS in MIS program to develop an application to streamline their mass emailing process, eliminate use of third party email systems, minimize wait times, establish audit and control measures and finally reduce the direct IT support required in the mass emailing process.
The Mass Electronic Mailing Application provides UNMC CON CNE with a secure, web-based application for sending mass emails to their stakeholders. The application also encapsulates various other functionalities like profile management, e-blast workflow, cloning of mass mails and audit logging that makes the application highly user friendly.
The working prototype of the application was delivered to the UNMC CON CNE’s Information Technology team for implementation in their environment.
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