IT Service Learning

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dr. Thompson Cummings

Course Director Name: Dr. Thompson Cummings

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:  Tel#: 473-444-4175 Ext. 3178; Email:

Course Director Contact Information:  N/A 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  By appointment, emails and Mondays: 1.00 4.00 PM. Tuesdays and Thursdays:1.00 – 3.30 PM  

Course Director Office Hours: N/A

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Building D (Leeward Hall) Top Floor

Course Director Office Location: N/A

Course Support: Mary Celestine, Ext. 3726

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide Information Technology students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they would have acquired in the classroom to the community's needs. The Service learning is approximately 160 hours of workplace employment or research work that will benefit the community. Students will perform on-the-job assignments given by their workplace supervisor.  Students are expected to keep a log of activities performed.

Course Objectives: 

  1. To provide an excellent opportunity for students to put concepts, knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and lab while serving with a community partner.
  2. To provide a stepping stone to (i) full-time employment in the Information Technology (IT) industry or (ii) research at the graduate level.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful mastering of the material in this course, students will be able to:

  • apply the IT knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to the organization in which the service learning program is carried out.
  • to gain relevant workplace experience and exposure to IT in organizations and/or in the community.
  •  acquire the skill set necessary to enable them to undertake successful IT projects.
  • Carry out research and report on it. This applies to students undertaking research.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

Demonstrate professional and ethical responsibilities.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

S >= 69.5

U < 69.5

Course Materials:

Text: Prescribed Text(s): No prescribed text but the book Systems Analysis and Design. 9th. Edition. Kendall and Kendall. Prentice Hall can be helpful.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: The Internet

Course Grading Requirement:

Course Assessment

Workplace supervisor evaluation: 70% 

Academic supervisor evaluation - Presentation and Reports: 30%

Course Requirements:

Attendance Policy

You are required to be present for at least 90% of classes or if arranged otherwise.

Plagiarism Policy


Papers and presentations are expected to be your original work, with appropriate credit given to the sources used as references. 

Sources should be documented using the APA Style Manual.

Plagiarism and other instances of academic dishonesty will result in failing the course along with possible disciplinary action by the Dean of Students’ Office.

Online behavior

When using Sakai you are expected to communicate and behave in an ethical manner.  Ethical behavior includes but not limited to:

  • You must not be involved in the practice of insulting, disrespecting or attacking another student.  When expressing your disagreement on a subject matter please do so politely.
  • You must not shout – avoid using all capitals in words because all-caps are considered ‘shouting’ when communicating online.
  • You must avoid using offensive language and making racist or sexist comments.
  • You must not commit illegal acts online.
  • You must respect fellow students and others intellectual property.

Please read “Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics” at 

Course Schedule

Tentative Course Schedule: Not Applicable

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Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.