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Capstone Courses: What and Why
After four (or five, or six) years of work towards a college degree, most students are very anxious to walk across the stage, grab their diploma, and be on their way into the working world. But many students must complete one final thing before walking that stage: the capstone course.
What Is a Capstone Course?
A capstone course can have a variety of names, depending on where you go to school. A capstone might be called a culmination project, senior thesis, or a final exhibition. Don’t be confused—under any name, the capstone is just a final assignment to help you synthesize and demonstrate what you’ve learned through your studies.
Capstone courses vary in form depending on your major . If you’re an English major, you may have to write a long paper interpreting multiple pieces of literature. If you’re a design major, you may have to put together a show exhibiting theoretical magazines. If you’re an engineering major, you may be asked to put together a project to illustrate how a certain building or bridge could be built in a structurally sound way. The capstone course is intended to apply all of the knowledge and skills you’ve gained over a college career in one assignment.
A capstone course is not always a paper, though a paper is often a piece of it. Art students may put on exhibitions of their work, while other students will have to pass an oral examination, defend their thesis to a group of professors, or complete a book. A capstone is often multifaceted, meaning there’s a presentation or performance, a paper, and research that all come together to make the complete project.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the scale of the projects described. Most students spend an entire semester putting together their capstone and completing the necessary research.
Why a Capstone Course?
You may be asking yourself, “Why is the capstone necessary? It sounds like a lot of work.” Though daunting, most students find that the capstone is the most rewarding college project. Here’s a few reasons why the capstone course is important:
- Improves confidence and self-perception : Your capstone will not only help your professors see how much you’ve learned and accomplished—it will also prove your potential to yourself. Looking back upon a project that took you months of hard work and dedication is rewarding, and will help you realize how much you are capable of.
- Increases rigor of senior year: Some colleges use a capstone course to increase the rigor of the final year. Some students are able to finish their difficult classes by their junior year, bringing a cloud of senioritis and laziness in that final year. A capstone increases the stakes, helping students focus their energy towards a final project and the continuation of learning.
- Hones skills: As you apply skills and knowledge to a self-driven project, you are able to learn what you don’t know and ask questions before entering the professional world. The capstone is a safe, guided space to finish learning.
- Builds your résumé: Your degree is a stamp of approval from the college that you’re knowledgeable in a certain area of study, and your internships show professionalism and real-world experience. But your capstone shows motivation, drive, planning, and application of knowledge and skills. A capstone on your résumé is proof to future employers that you have the skills you say that you do.
- Demonstrates learning and knowledge : Most people have a moment during their careers when they are asked a question and think, “I took a class on that, but I have no idea what the answer is.” Just because you go to class doesn’t mean you learned something. A capstone allows you to apply the knowledge you have gained through college, so you’ll be able to answer those tough questions in the real world.
Now that you’ve got a grasp on what a capstone course is, we want to hear your thoughts. Do you have any other questions about capstones? Is there another way you would rather complete a culminating experience? Feel free to comment below!
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Accounting capstone, course details, course number, description.
Introduces the learner to industry certifications that will enhance employability. Learners will be given the opportunity to review for and earn the Certified Bookkeeper Designation. This certification provides verification that a bookkeeper has the proven skills and knowledge needed to perform key accounting functions, including basic payroll, through the adjusted trial balance. Learners will continue to build their employment readiness through soft skill development.
Prerequisites: 10-101-115 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING and 10-101-181 QUICKBOOKS 2. Pre/Corequisite: 10-101-110 ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
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Campaigns class is capstone course.
By NANCY MITCHELL Advertising department chairwoman
Sometimes the things that require the most work are also the most rewarding. That’s how advertising students seem to feel about the advertising and public relations campaigns course.
“This course was the most difficult class I have taken in my college career. But it was the most rewarding.”
“Overall, this class taught me greatly about working with others, trust and responsibility.”
These comments from course evaluations are typical of students’ responses to campaigns, the capstone course in the advertising/public relations sequence. On the first day of the course each semester, the instructor teaching the class tells students to hang on to their hats for the roller coaster ride they’re about to experience.
Campaigns is the culmination of the coursework in the advertising/PR major. The course permits students to participate in an agency-like setting and to take one of the roles found in advertising agencies: copywriter, designer, public relations specialist, media planner or account supervisor. The team works together for the entire semester on a project for a real client.
Professors who teach campaigns interview potential clients prior to the start of the semester. The teachers look for the educational potential of the project and for a well-focused communication problem that calls for an advertising and/or public relations solution. Clients for recent projects have included: the Lincoln Children’s Museum, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, the Nebraska Army National Guard, the Urban Indian Health Center, the Seniors Foundation and the Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Students meet with clients early in the semester and have periodic contact with them as they work through the project. The result is a plans book, which analyzes the client’s situation, summarizes and explains research pertaining to the project and presents advertising/public relations objectives and the creative solutions proposed by students. These books are presented to the clients at the end of the semester during a session attended by the clients’ key decision makers, the dean and associate dean of the college and interested faculty.
Some students claim the course is the most difficult class they take during their college career.
"It was a very different experience from other courses,” one student said on an end-of-semester evaluation.
The professor takes the point of view of a facilitator rather than an all-knowing teacher. The faculty believe that by the time students enter campaigns, they have all the skills necessary to complete an advertising or public relations campaign. Students integrate what they have learned in the previous classes and apply their ability to think analytically and strategically. They gain a fuller understanding of the advertising/public relations process and develop confidence that they can solve communication problems.
Learning how to work as a team is as important to the process as understanding fundamental advertising and public relations concepts. It is essential that students learn to work together, constructively criticizing and being criticized. Sometimes the instructor teaching this course has to be a skilled counselor.
Most semesters the student teams emerge as close-knit groups who, having survived all-nighters at the end of the semester, can proudly point to their plans books and talk about all their good and bad experiences together.
The real payoff for the students comes when they know they’ve done excellent work for their client, when they can include their work in a portfolio to show potential employers and when they see clients like the Lincoln Children’s Museum, the Seniors Foundation and the Urban Indian Health Center using the campaigns they created.
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Rush Medical College Capstone Course
Overview of library orientation.
- 1A. Off-Campus Access
- 2A. Effectively Searching the Library Databases
- 2B. PubMed Overview
- 2C. Scopus Overview
- 2D. Link Google Scholar to RefWorks
- 3A. How to Export Your References and Import to RefWorks
- 3B. How to Cite Your References Using RefWorks
- 3C. Additional Information about RefWorks
- 3E. Video Tutorials: RefWorks Citation Manager
- Module 4: Choosing a Journal for Publication
- Evaluation and Critical Appraisal Tools
- Test Preparation Resources
- Ask a Librarian
In this guide you will learn how to:
- access the library's electronic resources off-campus.
- effectively search the libraries electronic databases using controlled vocabulary (i.e. MeSH, CINAHL headings, and other thesauri).
- import and cite your reference in RefWorks Citation Manager.
You will learn what resources and services are available to you as student in the Rush Medical College.
How to Use this Guide
This guide has been designed in order to assist you with using resources in the Library of the Rush University Medical Center. Begin with Module 1, which reviews where items are located on the Library's website and how to access them. Module 2, provides step by step instruction for constructing an effective literature search in our most frequently used databases (i.e. Ovid, PubMed, and Scopus). Module 3, will provides information you need to organize your references, generate your in-text citations, and create a bibliography using RefWorks. Module 4, reviews how to choose a journal for publication.
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Capstone courses consolidate your academic experience and prepare you to move beyond your undergraduate studies.
About Capstone Courses
Capstone courses provide opportunities for students to work closely with senior faculty on projects that involve substantial research, leadership, and/or interdisciplinary components, so as to consolidate their academic experiences and prepare to move beyond undergraduate studies.
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VIC451H1Y Capstone: Learning Communities and Higher Education Professor Ira Wells M 2-4
The Colloquium provides instruction, support, and practical experience for developing and increasing leadership and mentorship skills, with in-course feedback and final roundtable presentation. Topics will include theoretical approaches to mentorship, isolation and mental health, the purposes and evolution of higher education, assessment and meritocracy, and what it means to participate in higher education communities in the 21st century. Since the Colloquium includes students working in a variety of Humanities and Social Science disciplines, the emphasis is on interdisciplinarity: you will have the opportunity to interact with first-year students in a variety of areas of study. This course will prepare you with strategies and skills for your practicum experience which will allow you to meet and work with a group of first year students assigned to you (the students will be enrolled in the VIC One Hundred series of courses (or similar).
Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
VIC476H1F Capstone Seminar in Foreign Policy Professor David Wright W 2-4
This senior seminar is offered as a capstone to studies in international relations and political science. It will focus on current issues in foreign policy from the perspective of the practitioner. Professor Wright was Canadian Ambassador to NATO and Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe. How are decisions taken in crisis situations and how are broad foreign policy directions determined? The period covered will be from the end of the Cold War to the present day. How has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed geopolitics? How can the rules-based international order be preserved and strengthened? What is the future of the struggle between democracy and autocracy? American and Canadian foreign policies will be analyzed and the role of domestic politics will be discussed. Any current crisis will be given historical and strategic context. There will be a good deal of debate and discussion in the class.
VIC493H1S (L0102) Vic Capstone Research Colloquium | Humanities & Social Sciences Professor Shaun Ross W 4-6
The Vic Capstone Research Colloquium is intended for students undertaking Independent Studies, research projects, or senior essay courses in Humanities or Social Science subjects. Though running in the winter term, it is open to students doing year-long or single term projects. The Colloquium provides instruction, support, and practical experience through the various stages of your research project, from the project proposal to work-in-progress feedback to presentation of results.
Since the Colloquium includes students working in a variety of Humanities and Social Science disciplines, the emphasis is on interdisciplinarity. You will learn to communicate your research to a multidisciplinary audience and gain insight into how data, theory, case studies, literature reviews, and methodology vary by discipline.
The course will include a number writing workshops, providing detailed guidance on how to distill research compellingly in a longer format, as well as on how to compose effective grant proposals and graduate school applications. It will also provide the opportunity to learn from current graduate students, to explore the publication process, and to reflect on the undergraduate experience with accomplished peers in a range of fields. As part of the class, each student will lead a work-in-progress session and prepare responses to the work presented by other students. In the final session, participants will present their research in a student-organized symposium.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
VIC493H1Y (L0101) Vic Capstone Research Colloquium | Science Professor Hakob Barseghyan F 2-4
This course is for students who would like to get a deeper understanding of scientific research. We will discuss the norms, practices and customs in research activities, from the point of view of those actually involved in research. We will examine the relationships among scientists, in the contexts of the publication system, competition and cooperation, ethics, and the application of science results. Relationships between scientists and the rest of society will be considered through questions of funding, public perception of science and public outreach. The starting point for all these discussions will be the individual research interests of the participating students. As a multi-disciplinary course covering all areas of the sciences, we will have the opportunity to compare research techniques, standards and customs across many different scientific disciplines in the physical, mathematical and life sciences.
Students will perform some research in parallel with this course, either by working in the lab of a Principal Investigator, or by themselves. They will present results in a mini-symposium and will engage in discussions about challenges and opportunities that arise in their work. This will give the opportunity to develop and improve scientific communication skills, an essential asset for a career in the sciences.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
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Whether they're called “senior capstones” or some other name, these culminating experiences require students nearing the end of their college years to create a project of some sort that integrates and applies what they've learned
This course was the most difficult class I have taken in my college career. These comments from course evaluations are typical of students' responses to campaigns, the capstone course in the advertising/public relations sequence
You will learn what resources and services are available to you as student in the Rush Medical College. The skills outlined in this guide are applicable to the research you need to complete as a student and throughout your career
Capstone courses provide opportunities for students to work closely with senior faculty on projects that involve substantial research, leadership, and/or interdisciplinary components