Pencils Down! Phones Up! An Interdisciplinary Capstone Project.
Journal of Computing Science in Colleges
information systems; computer and information science education; real-time and embedded systems; public policy issues; Computer Science; Information Systems
Databases and Information Systems | Instructional Media Design | Management Information Systems
This paper introduces the case of a new public service technology. We believe it is an ideal project for a CS capstone experience. The case is based on a text messaging mobile-phone emergency service called "E711" (or "IMOK") which forwards wellness and location information about the caller. The proposed E711 messages are delivered as guaranteed SMS packets to an emergency registry operated by a fictional public safety organization. Entries in this registry could be accessed by the public in a variety of ways. Additionally non-guaranteed SMS copies of those messages can be forwarded to family and friends. Successful implementation of this capstone project will require students to integrate concepts and skills from many different areas of the CS curriculum including web and embedded programming, networking, databases, security, and systems analysis and design.
Matos, V., Grasser, R., & Blake, B. (2008). Pencils down! Phones up! An interdisciplinary capstone project. Journal of Computing Science in Colleges, 24(1), 67-75.
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