Course-Based Projects FAQ
What is a Course-Based Project?
Course-Based Projects bring together small- and medium-sized businesses, along with Niagara College faculty and students to provide solutions for a specific industry need. Short-term projects provide an opportunity to integrate real-life industry scenarios into course curriculum. Through these projects students are given the ability to have an increase in contact with a specific industry, and present their fresh ideas to you – the client. In other words, everyone benefits from the collaboration.
Types of projects?
We are looking for project ideas that will help your business achieve greater success. For example, one project involved the development of administrative templates using Excel to increase efficiencies in a business, such as spreadsheets for client tracking, quoting, budgeting, or inventory/data management.
How do I get started?
After identifying your specific project need, the Course-Based Project Co-ordinator and the faculty member who will be implementing the project into their course will meet with you to determine if the project concept is suitable for their course learning objectives. If the project is a good fit, it will be approved and move forward accordingly.
Is there a cash contribution?
Unless materials are to be donated to the project, there is no cash contribution required.
What is my time commitment?
Typically there is a loose time commitment these projects. The minimum requirement is to be available in person three times throughout the project.
- To introduce your company and project concept to the class.
- For a mid-point meeting or interim presentations with the class to ensure that they are on the right track.
- For final presentations at the end of the project.
You may be required for additional phone calls or emails throughout the semester, all of which are co-ordinated and vetted by the Course-Based Project Co-ordinator.