Computer Science (COMP) 697_698_699

Integration Project (Revision 1)

COMP 697-698-699 Course Cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized Study Online

Credits: 9

Area of Study: Integration Project

Prerequisite: Professor approval. Students must contact the MSc (IS) Administrative Assistant to obtain permission to register in any of the Project courses

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: School of Computing and Information Systems

Instructor: Dr. Larbi Esmahi

**Note:  This is a graduate level course and students need to apply and be approved to one of the graduate programs or as a non-program School of Computing and Information Systems graduate student in order to take this course.  Minimum admission requirements must be met.  Undergraduate students who do not meet admission requirements will not normally be permitted to take this course.

MSc IS students will have 6 months to complete COMP 697. Also, MSc IS students will have 6 months to complete COMP 698. For COMP 699 students will have six months to complete the manuscript plus two months for review and required revisions. If you are not able to complete the full version of the manuscript within six months, you should apply for a course extension.

Please note that effective September 1, 2007, students registering in COMP 697 with a September 1, 2007 or later start date will be required to complete an oral defence. The oral defence will be required when completing COMP 699.

This requirement will affect only students registered in COMP 697 with a September 1st, 2007 or later start date. The oral defence requirement does not affect students currently registered in COMP 697, COMP 698, and COMP 699 (prior to Sept 1 2007).


System integration is a pervasive aspect of IS practice. After completion of the foundation and core courses, MSc IS students need to synthesize what they have learned. Each project shall be in an area directly related to IS/IT and must have a research component.

Project Route (Integration Project): require the completion of one elective course (3 credits) plus the integration project (9 credits). The integration project should provide a useful demonstration of a novel capability using existing technology, or explore a novel implementation technique. The project should be articulated around a well-defined research problem or hypothesis.


The Integration project consist of three 3-credits elements, namely, COMP697, COMP698 and COMP 699. These elements are not conventional courses; however, they are treated similarly for administrative purpose.

The project topic must have the approval of a supervisor before the start of the term. The student submits detailed proposal, schedule, progress reports and final report to his supervisor. A copy of the detailed proposal and the final report should be sent to the course coordinator, who will be managing the review of the report by the supervisory committee or additional reader. The additional reader and supervisory committee members may be a faculty member or an industry resource person approved by the Program director.


To receive credits for the integration project, the student must obtain a PASS grade for each of the required courses.

Course Materials

The course materials is available in electronic format and include: a Integration Project Handbook that provides guidelines and explains the project stages, and the MSc IS Style Guide.

Special Course Features

Students are expected to obtain and pay for all materials used in the projects. The MSc IS program does not currently offer funding for students to conduct their projects, however, information on Athabasca University Graduate Research fund can be found on the Research Centre's website.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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