Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

The Living Lab

CIT 48500 / 1-6 Cr.

The Living Lab allows students to apply networking, security, database, website, and application development concepts and techniques learned from prior CIT courses to internal and/or external projects. The Living Lab emulates an industry IT department in which students work on one or more projects as part of an IT team.  This course meets the IUPUI RISE challenge in Experiential Learning.  

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  • Work on a team in a real world environment (CIT d)
  • Reinforce IT skills and learn new ones (CIT h, j)
  • Design and implement projects to meet client specifications (CIT j, k, l)
  • Learn to consistently meet project deadlines on time (CIT n)
  • Develop and/or improve project management skills (CIT n)
  • Develop and/or improve client management skills (CIT g)
  • Develop and/or improve project presentation skills (CIT f)
  • Understand the need for continuing professional education (CIT h)

CIT Student Outcomes (What is ABET?)

(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal. (e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

(h) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

(j)  An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies

(k) An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems. 

(l)    An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment. 

(n) An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan