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67-373: Information Systems Consulting Project Course

In the Information Systems Consulting Project Course, small student teams collaborate with community-based organizations to develop useful information system solutions to meet real management needs. Each project team proposes, defines, designs and implements a working information system or application with the project client. Teams act as consultants working 'with' and not 'for' their project clients. At the completion of the project, each team must provide a sustainable solution that fits the client's objectives, organization constraints and capabilities.

Real world client partnerships are an important part of the program's educational mission, giving students and project sponsors a significant opportunity to work together towards a common goal. For additional information please contact Professor Joe Mertz, (412) 268-2540, or joemertz@cmu.edu or Professor Jeria Quesenberry, (412) 268-4573, or jquesenberry@cmu.edu.

Recent Community Partners

  • Auberle
  • Beaver County Humane Society
  • Best of the Batch
  • CMU Athletics
  • CMU Professional Development Services
  • CMU Spring Carnival
  • Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
  • International Living Future Institute
  • Kodiak Island Borough School District
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council
  • Phipps Conservatory
  • San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
  • Software Engineering Institute
  • The Education Partnership
  • Wesley Family Services
  • YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Testimonials

❝ 373 was an incredible opportunity to engage with a client, enter into a problem space, and then deliver a solution. It definitely gave me a sense of confidence in my ability to tackle real-world technological challenges. But more importantly, it solidified my belief that I can use my education to help make a difference for non-profit organizations across the country.❞

- Student

Meghana Valluri

❝The course offers a great opportunity for students to develop their skills while benefiting the society, particularly as the work involved enriches their learning experience and civic responsibility. Personally, it brings me great joy to see my students flourish as young professionals, all while providing meaningful community service.❞

- IS Professor

Sara Moussawi

❝ 373 challenged me both in the technical aspect, but mostly in the collaboration and client relations aspect. There were higher stakes in our project than usual class projects, but the impact of our solution for our client motivated my team to put worthwhile effort in. At the end of the semester, I can definitely say I was proud of the deliverable, but mostly the entire process that semester.❞

- Student

Sophie Zhao

❝ 67-373 follows a service-learning model, but student teams act as consultants working “with” and not “for” their clients. Students do not merely provide technical support or software development. Instead, they work in partnership with their clients to solve an organization problem with an IS solution.❞

- IS Professor

Jeria Quesenberry

❝ 373 was the most useful and applicable course I took at CMU. It was a great learning experience in how to work as a team, and create a product for a real world client. It was also the most rewarding class I’ve ever taken because you really get to make difference by creating something for a Non-profit that does amazing work for our community. ❞

- Student

Erin Dieringer

❝ 373 was an invaluable opportunity to get real-world consulting experience while working with a non-profit organization. It was a great experience in navigating organizational requirements and team based consultant work, and it really prepares students well for internships, where they are similarly faced with an unfamiliar organization and an unfamiliar problem to solve.❞

- Student

Connor Hanely