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Capstone Cases


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


The Capstone cases course is intended to integrate the previous courses and allow students to deepen and apply their insights in a ‘Living Case’, i.e. applying it to solving a real problem in a real company. For this we will strive to work closely with a relevant, existing company, or present a realistic “virtual” company. In a series of company presentations (and, if possible, visits) and interview sessions, student teams will analyze real multi-faceted business issues in which ICT plays a central role. Based on their findings and supplementary research they will then present their results to the company’s management, who will judge the results in terms on quality, completeness, practical applicability and S.M.A.R.T. terms.

Course objectives

Deepen and apply students’ insights in ICT related issues in “real life” company situations.


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Mode of instruction

Company visits with presentations and interviews.

Assessment method

  • Presence is mandatory, because the interaction with company representatives plays a key role in the knowledge transfer. This applies to all three different capstone cases.

  • Depending on the capstone case, present findings and proposals (e.g. multifaceted business cases) or defend findings and views in role-play exercises.

  • In most cases the students will have to pretend to be part of the company involved, as such sharpening their business communication skills.

  • External matter experts, e.g. senior managers of the companies involved, will review the exercises and presentations. They will be assessed on depth of research, completeness, realism and creativity.

  • Capstone cases are not assessed with a rating but with a “pass” or “fail” rate. Invalid rates are issued due to lack of (mandatory) presence and/or lack of quality or quantity of delivered output, as judged by the external matter experts panel.

The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the exams will take place.

Reading list

Dependent on the case. Discussions and document distribution through Blackboard.


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

As of September 2020 the course Capstone Cases is 4 EC worth (it was 3 EC). Students who have followed a previous version of this course before September 2020 but have not yet passed it, can still get 4 EC (instead of 3 EC) under the condition that they take the extra two Consultancy classes that will be organized in the new Capstone Case course. Arrangements for this needs to be made via the programme coordinator.