ITM 90A/B Graduation Project
The graduation project (ITM 90A/B) is a full year project whose scope is the IS function of integrating business processes, functions, and technologies, as part of an enterprise solution. The focus is on the creation of functions, technologies and business processes, as part of an enterprise solution. Value creation through the integrated production and distribution of products, services, and information will be emphasized.
Throughout this project, students will learn to apply models and frameworks, to analyze and integrate business functions, processes, and technologies and communicate solutions concisely. Students will also learn to apply business strategic management capabilities to qualify the models and frameworks being used to integrate the business functions. The project will involve a real-life client organization.
Note: The school will no longer be hosting the Graduation Project Information Session.
Check out the Capstone Project Survival Guide, a comprehensive guide covering client identification, group formation, consulting and more! The book is packed with wisdom and insights from the course coordinator and past BTM graduates.
You are highly encouraged to form a group and secure a client organization prior to the start of the class. As a result, all students who are eligible or pending eligibility will be manually enrolled into the ITM 90AB Graduation Project Google Group, external link. This group is designed to aid you in finding group members for the graduation project. In addition, periodically available clients will be posted here as well.
It is imperative that all group members are enrolled in the same section of the course. In order to facilitate this you MUST complete the google formITM 90A - GROUP REGISTRATION FORM, external link. Once group registrations are confirmed, the school will ensure all members are in the same section.
The ITM 90A/B course (Capstone Project) spans two semesters. The very first step is to form a group with your peers and acquire a client.
ITM 90A (First Semester)
- Month 1: Complete an industry analysis.
- Month 2: Complete a process analysis within the company.
- Month 3: Develop a new process design or perform a process redesign.
- Month 4: An interim report is due during this month.
ITM 90B (Second Semester)
- Month 5: Complete a requirements analysis.
- Month 6: Complete a feasibility analysis and Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Month 7: Develop implementation plan.
- Month 8: Final report and presentations take place.
4 Year Program & Co-op Students
Successful completion of ALL REQUIRED courses in the first three years of the program and a minimum of 25 completed credits. It is strongly recommended that Professional Electives from Table I in Semester 5 & 6 are complete to meet minimum requirements.
2 Year Public Ontario College Diploma Students
Successful completion of ALL 10 courses in the 1st and 2nd semester of the curriculum.
Direct Entry Students
Successful completion of ALL Reachback courses listed on your Offer of Admission in addition to ALL Required (Professional/Professionally-Related) courses in the 5th and 6th semester.
Note to Students
As per the Ryerson Undergraduate Calendar, ITM 90A/B is a two-term course that starts in the 7th semester (Fall – ITM 90A) and continues through the 8th semester (Winter – 90B).
As such, please note that a Winter (ITM 90A) & Spring/Summer (ITM 90B) is not guaranteed and students should plan to complete any prerequisite courses accordingly.
During the course intention process for Full-Time Degree students, you will only be required to enroll in ITM 90A* and the Registrar’s Office will process the enrollment for ITM 90B.
Be sure to think about your future academic plans, when completing the course intention process. If you only have a few courses left and are planning to work in the day, then consider selecting ITM 90A (701E) during course intentions, as this will guarantee a spot in the evening section. While group formations happen in the months preceding the start of the course, ALL group members must be enrolled into the SAME section of the course. As a result, it is STRONGLY recommended to form groups with students planning to enroll in the same section (Day vs. Evening).
Part-Time Degree students have priority for ITM 90A(701E). However, you do have the option to form a group with Full-Time Degree students enrolled in the Day section of the course. Please note, in doing so you are giving up your priority enrollment for the evening section.
- Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, it is each student's individual responsibility to manage their course planning to ensure all prerequisites are met.
- Students should consult their Academic Advisement Report to view their degree requirements.
Companies Previously Studied
Below is a list of client organizations that have been used for the graduation project in the past three academic years. As a result, you are required to find a client organization that is not on the list. For large organizations, you can study the same company but not the same department that was previously done.
|Client Organization||Academic Year Studied|
|Ripley's Aquarium of Canada||2017-2018|
|Mazda Canada Inc.||2017-2018|
|Quick Flame Restaurant and Bar||2017-2018|
|CIBC - Enterprise Security Administration and Operations||2017-2018|
|International Financial Data Services (IFDS)||2017-2018|
|Royal Bank of Canada - Technology and Operations Division||2017-2018|
|Slalom Consulting ULC||2017-2018|
|Voice to Word||2017-2018|
|Ontario Clean Water Agency||2017-2018|
|AGVA Management Consultancy Ltd.||2017-2018|
|Ryerson University - Ryerson Career Centre||2017-2018|
|MES Hybrid Document Systems Inc.||2017-2018|
|Ryerson University - Sandbox by DMZ||2017-2018|
|SunLife Financial - Infrastructure department||2017-2018|
|Mortgage Alliance Commercial Canada (MACC)||2017-2018|
|Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) - Application Infrastructure Department||2017-2018|
|The Somcan Group - Ironstone||2017-2018|
|GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd.||2017-2018|
|Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club||2017-2018|
|H&H Quality Foods Inc.||2017-2018|
|Royal Bank of Canada - Finance, IT Department||2017-2018|
|Blue Marine & Co.||2017-2018|
|NewMidwest Auto Collision Centre||2017-2018|
|FlyFilms Aerial Cinematography||2017-2018|
|Great-West Lifeco (GWL)||2017-2018|
|Royal Bank of Canada - Claims Department||2017-2018|
|IFDS Business Analysis Training Team||2017-2018|
|Royal Bank of Canada - Direct Investment Department||2017-2018|
|Pizza Nova - 568 Church Street||2017-2018|
|ALCHEMY Digital Solutions Inc.||2017-2018|
|Air Canada - PMO Department||2017-2018|
|Nu Vision Metals||2017-2018|
|The Crooked Cue||2017-2018|
|Pathways to Education (P2E)||2017-2018|
|Astoria Shish Kebob House||2017-2018|
|Supreme Wire Products Ltd.||2017-2018|
|Bosley Real Estate||2017-2018|
|Green Birds Electric Solutions Inc.||2017-2018|
Industry Professionals & Future Clients
- Have our students solve a pressing problem in your organization at no cost.
- Gain different perspectives from young minds.
- Support and inspire a new generation of IT professionals.
- Support the Ryerson community and join its network of sponsors.
- Test-run talents for eight-months before hiring them.
- Have an active interest in the project.
- Willing to commit and work with students over two terms (eight months).
- Must be willing to share some confidential information about your company.
- Note: All students/group members will sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the privacy of your organization.
- Your company must be headquartered in Canada.
- Have at least 30 employees (including full-time, part-time or volunteer staff) OR have a comprehensive project in mind!
- Be open to using information technology to improve your operations.
Over the last 10 years, more than 400 organizations from major public corporations to owner-managed businesses, from large not-for-profits to small volunteer-driven charities, have worked with BTM student groups.
Many clients use the students’ work as a form of pilot before starting their own project. Others proceed to implement the students’ recommendations. At minimum, some are just happy to have provided an opportunity for students to carry out a worthwhile project.
If interested, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your interest in becoming a Capstone Client, along with a brief background of your company!
Are you a professional who is interested in joining the judging panel of Graduation Project presentations?
- Industry professional's with managerial experience in IT or related fields.
- Your insightful knowledge and critical feedback of presentations.
- Availability to attend BOTH presentation dates per class section or group.
- Meet new generation of BTM professionals.
- Evaluate students’ Capstone presentations.
- Share your expertise and inspire young minds.
- Advocate and promote your organization.
- Become a part of a network of Ryerson mentors.
- Be recognized by the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management.
Eligible panel judges will have the opportunity to select available time slots that fit their schedule. In order to ensure presentations are judged fairly, you must be able to attend both presentation sessions per class section and stay for the entire duration. Once approved, we will email you confirmation details.
We are very satisfied with the outcome of the capstone project executed by the ECHO student team at OPTIS Consulting.
The team was challenged by OPTIS in the extent of the scope, the complexity of the subject and by the importance of the topic to our company. The team responded by delivering a very thorough analysis of our requirements and conditions, the state of the art, a proposed future state that was grounded on our priorities and biggest deficiencies, an analysis of the market for potential solutions, a business case for change and an organizational and implementation plan that put it all together at a level of detail which will allow us to effectively execute and realize the value of this project.
Throughout the two school terms that composed the duration of the project, the team members behaved in a professional manner, displayed interest, actively participated in meetings and contributed with innovative ideas.
The quality of their project deliverables speaks for itself as does the fact that one of the team members is joining our Consulting practice at the end of the school year – the true sign of our satisfaction with the project.
"It is truly a gift to have such a capable and passionate team step up to take on such an important initiative in support of a small, grassroots nonprofit organization like us. This was much more than a graduating year project. What you have produced and achieved will make a significant difference to the amount of funds that we are able to raise, our reach in the community, and most importantly the number of children with congenital heart disease that we are able to send to summer camp."
"The student team demonstrated great initiative and energy from the initial approach right through to delivery of the final report. The team’s deliverables were consistently of high quality and their communications with the various departments were thoughtful, well-planned, and professional at all times. The final solution shows a payback period within 15 months of use, and an even higher rate of return if we can invest the savings as planned. This project is an example of the high quality work that these students can deliver; it’s also a good example of the benefits that can be achieved through University/Business partnerships."