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MIS 374 Sees Increased Course Enrollment

I’m happy to report that MIS 374 (Business Systems Develop) had quite the productive Spring semester.  The Spring course consisted of 70+ students broken into 17 teams, which is the largest enrollment we’ve had in some time!  We’re seeing the recent increase in MIS majors start to flow through the course, which is daunting but exciting too!  Due to the increase in students, we had to recruit heavily over the holidays for good projects and fortunately we found 17 unique projects!  Our clients spanned all types organizations such as non-profits (e.g. Goodwill, Center for Child Protection, Austin Technology Council Foundation), start-ups (Mimic Labs, latakoo, RAF Ventures), local businesses (e.g. Custom Sounds, Freeze Technologies, Elite Turfcare), and even some groups on UT campus (e.g. Undergraduate Business Council, Jester West Front Desk, Laser Safety Program).  Here is a bit more detail!

  • Laser Safety Program – Our teams created a database, admin reports, and web portal to allow labs to submit required regulatory information online to the LSP team.  To the Team, Professors, and McComb's: Thank you for helping us maximize our efforts in laser safety. The time and effort required to collect, assimilate, and review laser safety program information has been significantly reduced, leaving more resources for lab hazard evaluation and control.” – Laser Safety Program client
  • Elite Turfcare – The team built this company’s first website ever and connected it into Salesforce.com.  This has been one of the best business experiences we have had outside of the actual function of our business. These students were so incredibly smart and intuitive.  This is an incredible program! Its a definite win / win for all of us.” – Elite Turfcare Owner
  • Latakoo – The team built a report dashboard for this company’s application that will later be deployed for client usage reporting.  The team was so professional, very thorough, and clear on their boundaries/ setting expectations which I really respected (especially given their age!). We were really impressed with the students and the leadership they are getting from you- many thanks!” – Latakoo Leadership

Each team worked on analyzing, designing, building, testing, and deploying their own unique solutions using what they learned in the course about the system develop life cycle, requirements gather, agile development methods, project management, and more. As we continue to update the course materials we are happy to get feedback from graduates that say they are using much of what they learned in their current jobs. We continue to make the material for MIS 374 publicly accessible so students can come back to the class materials (e.g. templates, reading, examples) any time.

Over the 2016 Summer we’ll be working on updating the website examples and materials so students that have graduated and students that will be taking the course in Fall can benefit from the latest and greatest materials. We’ve also implemented a Knowledge Management page on our site that allows students to share knowledge they’ve acquired like how to utilize Saleforce.com API’s, how to use PHP MVC Frameworks, and what are tips for styling using Bootstrap.  We’re excited about this because it allows each semester to “pay it forward” and help grow the knowledge-base of the class. 

If you think you have a good project for a student team and you are able to commit at least 1-2 hours a week, consider submitting your project on our Project Portal (https://secure.mccombs.utexas.edu/MAS/Bridge/Welcome.aspx) or email me below.

Hook’em!

-Clint Tuttle
clint.tuttle@mccombs.utexas.edu