General Requirements of the Capstone Project
The Capstone project is a requirement for graduation. The Capstone is an opportunity for students to work on project that is of particular interest to them. The goal is for the students to apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a problem in a professional setting.
Completion of the Capstone Project requires both written and oral components. The project is done under the direction of a faculty member. All students must complete the Capstone Information Form to tell us how you will complete the written and oral requirement. In order to satisfy the written component, a student must write a paper. While there are no formal guidelines on its length, it should follow the guidelines of the American Psychological Association, Publication Manual.
A proposal for the Capstone project should be submitted to your Faculty Capstone Supervisor before beginning your project.
Presenting your project as a formal presentation to a committee satisfies the oral component. Students are required to give a 20-minute oral presentation summarizing their Capstone Project that should include visuals such as a PowerPoint presentation.
The Capstone is typically done during the last four modules before graduation under the direction of your Faculty Capstone Supervisor.
Possible Capstone Projects
Grant Proposal or Research Plan
The Capstone Project could simulate a grant or research proposal. The project would include a clear statement of the research question, the specific aims of the proposal, review of literature, study design, methods of analysis, implications and significance of the work. The research question would be one that is encountered in professional work.
The Capstone Project would involve the collection, analysis and interpretation of data to address a particular issue. Make sure you choose a subject broad enough to find adequate research information, but narrow enough to exclude huge amounts of previous data. The project would include sections on the research question, study design, data collection procedures, data analysis, interpretation and significance of findings. Please note that the appropriate approval will need to be obtained for such a project.
The Capstone Project would involve the development of a plan to implement an initiative. The initiative will include critical issues such as management, fiscal, ethical and logistical aspects.
Analysis of a Problem
The Capstone Project would be an in-depth analysis of an important issue. The project will include sections that clearly describe the problem, assess the problem and its magnitude, evaluate its causes and determinants, and discuss prevention and intervention strategies and implementation and evaluation.
Capstone Project Paper Structure
Like the Thesis, the Capstone Project Papers consists of distinct sections as follows: executive summary, title page, approval page, table of contents, list of figures, list of tables, list of appendices, chapter one (introduction), chapter two (review of the literature), chapter three (method), chapter four (results and findings), chapter five (discussion), references, and appendices. The content of the chapters are further described below.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ This is the first section of the paper but it is written when all other sections of the report are completed. It provides the reader an overview of the sections of the paper below.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Introduction ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Describes the relevant context for the issue being studied (e.g., organization, political, social). Describes the significance of the issue or the project and presents a clear and concise statement of the research question as well as the anticipated outcome of not addressing the problem.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Review of the Literature and Analytic Framework ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Presents a full and balanced review of theoretical and practice oriented concepts drawn from the appropriate scholarly and professional literature. This section compares and contrasts different perspectives and analyzes their application to the research question. The purpose of the literature review is to develop an analytical framework that establishes the elements of the project, lays out the theoretical basis of the project, and integrates the project into the larger body of systematic knowledge about the field of study.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Methodology ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Articulates the specific question or hypothesis to be addressed by the project. This section also identifies the project approach and technique(s) (see above). In addition, the student must carefully describe the specific steps taken to ensure the validity of the research design or project methodology and the credibility and utility of the research results.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Findings ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Describes the findings relative to the hypothesis or research question with analysis of the data or evidence collected.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ Conclusion ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ Discusses the potential impact of the research in the field of study. Relates findings to previous research and existing theory and practice. Identifies areas for future research. Presents implications and recommendations derived from the findings.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ A complete and accurate list of references must be included, in the style of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual.