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Course Number: 95-822

Technology Consulting in the Community

Units: 12

In this course, the student develops consulting and management skills while collaborating on site with a community leader of a non-profit community organization. The student learns process consulting, project management, communication, relationship management, problem identification, and analysis.

The class meets twice a week for instruction and discussion. In addition, each student is partnered with a leader in a community organization who they will work with one-on-one 3 hours a week on-site.

The goals of the consulting partnership are:

1. to expand the capacity of the community organization to use, plan for, and manage technology

2. in a way that is sustainable

3. and leads to a new vision for how technology can support the organizations mission.
This class is different from the MISM project course in that it is one-on-one consulting and will not include substantial information systems development. The focus is on capacity building within the organization, not building systems, though some very small database development may be involved depending on the needs of the organization. One potential outcome of the student's consulting work may be a proposal for a follow-up MISM project course project.


Joseph Mertz