04-980   MSIT Independent Study

Location: Africa

Units: Variable

Semester Offered: Fall, Spring

Course description

This Independent Study is for students selecting the professional focus for their MSIT. Max 15 units can count towards MSIT.

Study needs to be supervised by a faculty member and can only be performed in 2nd, 3rd and/or 4th semester of MSIT.

Students selecting this course (and the MSIT professional) cannot take 04-990 Research Project

Course registration

MSIT Independent Study is for students selecting the professional focus for their MSIT. It offers the possibility for students to learn about an unfamiliar topic not covered in an existing course, as well as performing original study work.

Up to 15 total units of MSIT Independent Study credit can be counted toward the MSIT degree.

Study needs to be supervised by a faculty member and can only be performed in 2nd, 3rd and/or 4th semester of MSIT.

Students selecting this course (and the MSIT professional) cannot take 04-990 Research Project. 

MSIT students must undertake an independent study project under the guidance of a CMU-Africa faculty member.  The student and faculty member should define the nature and scope of the project, and agree upon the expectations, deliverables, and the number of units to be earned for the research project. Approved Independent Study project descriptions will be kept on file by the Student Services Coordinator.   It is the responsibility of the faculty member to monitor the progress of the student and grade the project at the end of the semester.  The number of units can be 3-15 units for the semester, where each unit of credit should correspond to approximately one hour of work per week throughout the semester.  

The Independent Study Approval Form should be submitted to the Director before the end of the second week of the semester with the following information: 

  1. Names and email addresses of the student and study advisor (a CMU-Africa faculty member). 
  2. The number of units (3-15) and the total expected hours to be worked over the semester.  The number of units should correspond to the average number of hours to be worked over the entire semester (15 weeks), but the student can allocate the hours of work as agreed upon with the faculty member. 
  3. The study objectives, methods and anticipated results 
  4. Signature of the student and the study advisor. 

The Director will review each study proposal and send an email to the student and study advisor confirming that the study has been accepted, or will send suggestions for changes that should be made to the study proposal to make it acceptable.

Student assessment

Students will be required to do a public presentation of results of their study at the end of the semester.

Prerequisites

First Semester Completed