Capstone: A Synthesis of Program Learning Outcomes (Revision 1)
A capstone course is the culminating event of a course of study, usually taken at the end of a program. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that has been learned in the program.
Capstone experiences are superior examples of engagement through the integration of learning, knowledge, and application.
Capstone courses promote:
- Coherence among a variety of course materials
- Integration and connection between electives, options, and majors
- Synthesis of thought
- Development of organizational skills and critical thinking
- Integration of personal reflection and experiences into the curriculum
- Preparation for future study
- Effective planning strategies for life, work, and study
Because this course is intended to demonstrate all of the learning outcomes in the Human Services major, professor approval will only be given when the student is within the last five courses of completing their degree. It is strongly recommended that HSRV 489 is the last or next to last course in the student's program.
The 5 steps below comprise the HSRV 489 capstone.
Step 1 Getting Started
You will first skim through the materials and then arrange a learning contract with your tutor. You will make decisions about how you will put your material together by strategizing your approach to the development of your capstone project.
Step 2 Foundations: Identifying relevant program outcomes
Next you will revisit the program's learning outcomes, and select several of them for further use.
Step 3 Making Meaning of Chosen Program Outcomes
You will then apply personal reflection and critical thinking to the relation between the program's expectations as derived from its program learning outcomes and your individualized learning.
Step 4 Synthesis and Integration of Individualized Learning
This step consolidates your individualized learning, integrating and synthesizing it into a final form.
Step 5 Communication of the Synthesis
The capstone learning process culminates in a communication of what has been learned.
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
All course materials will be accessed online.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, June 13, 2013.
Updated June 22 2017 by Student & Academic Services