Project ISO


Course Objective

The objective of Project ISO is to gain skills required to perform a
business project.
Students work as business consultants in project teams on a real problem
of a real client. They clarify the problem and come up with a solution
in the form of a design or advice.
After successful completion of the business project, the student:
- knows how to manage and run a project (i.e. make a work breakdown
structure, plan and replan) in a team, (Applying knowledge and
understanding) (Making Judgements) (Lifelong learning skills)
- is capable of translating an ill-defined problem into specific
requirements, (Making Judgements) (Applying knowledge and understanding)
- is able to apply and extend the knowledge that they acquired in their
studies in a real-world situation, (Applying knowledge and
- is able to present his/her work to a non-scientific audience (both
written and in an oral presentation). (Communication) (Lifelong
learning skills)
- communicates well in a professional and team context. (Communication)
(Lifelong learning skills)

Course Content

During the course Project ISO, students gain skills required to
perform a business project. The business project has four special
1. The project takes place at a real company with a real IT-related
problem. Students can contribute to a (partial) solution of this
2. Initially the company only has a global idea of their problem or
opportunity. The students help the company to articulate their question,
while negotiating about a possible solution path. The main challenge is
to understand the ‘business question’ that is behind the ‘information
question’. The point is to learn to understand the client and create a
relationship with them.
3. The group will work with a delivery scheme agreed upon with the
client on a basis of planning and co-operation. The team will then
analyse this problem and make a design for its solution, possibly
including a mock-up or prototype. Full implementation of the design is
not part of the project. However, recommendations for its implementation
are made.
4. The students work as a team, which implies internal organisation,
effective communication and conflict resolution.

Teaching Methods

The participants work in project groups of 4-6 people. The teams are
composed by the coordinator. Each team arranges all project meetings.
This includes meetings with the client, the the supervisors and with the
team itself.

Every other week you plan a meeting with our supervisor at the
university. You attend the first lecture, and the last evaluation
lecture. In between there are voluntary seminars where you can ask for
help of the coordinator and fellow students.

Method of Assessment

Both the business project supervisors and university supervisors assess
the project process and quality. Each contributes 40% to the final
grade. Peer assessment within the groups determines the other 20% of the

The university supervisors will look at:
- The produced documents,
- The methods used,
- Communication and cooperation,
- Planning.

The clients of the business project rate:
- the quality of the results.

The course coordinator always has a last say on the grade in order to
ensure consistency across groups.

Entry Requirements

The students should have not more than 12 ECTS left to complete their
bachelor programme in addition to this course.

Target Audience

BSc Information Sciences (year 3)

Recommended background knowledge

Business Modelling and Requirements Engineering

General Information

Course Code XB_40004
Credits 9 EC
Period P4+5+6
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. mr. M. Milo MSc
Examiner dr. mr. M. Milo MSc
Teaching Staff dr. S. Lusini
dr. mr. M. Milo MSc
dr. E.M. Maassen MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture