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Capstone Experience

Individual Capstone Project

Access the Bridges Individual Capstone Proposal form

Access the Bridges Capstone Verification form

You will undertake a Capstone experience while at Duquesne. Most majors have Capstones embedded in them, but all students have the option to seek approval of an Individual Capstone project. If you have a Capstone embedded in your major, an Individual Capstone will enrich your learning and enhance your resume or graduate school applications. If your major does not include an embedded Capstone, you can use an Individual Capstone to satisfy this graduation requirement.

Individual Capstones must be approved by one of your School Designees by the fourth week of the current academic term. You are strongly encouraged to secure approval before then if possible. School Designees include department Chairs, program Directors, and Associate Deans.

Policies

  • The Bridges Capstone experience is a graduation requirement. If you have reached your senior year without having already met the requirement, speak with your advisor to solidify a plan for doing so.
  • For Capstones which are embedded in academic majors as requirements, the sponsoring academic department will demonstrate the integration of the Capstone learning outcomes and provide an assessment plan. For Individual Capstones, you and your Capstone Director provide explicit strategies for achievement of the learning outcomes and an assessment plan.
  • Each program should also offer guidance on the preferred year/term in which to complete a Capstone and on preferred options as applicable.
  • A Capstone must address a minimum of 3 Bridges competencies in its required learning outcomes (see the Individual Capstone Proposal Form for more details). The Capstone Developer is responsible for verifying that competencies are adequately articulated and assessed in drafting the syllabus or comparable document.

Bridges Capstone learning outcomes

Upon completing their Capstone learning experience students will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and experiences from different disciplines, modes of inquiry, and forms of experience, and infer new knowledge;
  2. Reflect cogently on their development as learners and their acquisition of Bridges competencies;
  3. Adapt and apply skills, knowledge, theories, or methodologies in new situations to solve complex problems or innovate.

Student responsibilities
You

  • complete the Bridges Individual Capstone Project Proposal, which includes a comprehensive description of the proposed project and identifies how it meets the learning outcomes as stated above (see question #1 and #2 on the proposal);
  • identify a Director of the ELO, who must sign the proposal;
  • submit the proposal to the student's School Designee;
  • register for any course that is related to the Capstone during the regular registration period for the academic term, if the Capstone involves a Duquesne course;
  • complete the Capstone and any corresponding activities/assignments, including the Verification Form below, by the last day of classes for the given semester to allow sufficient time for final grading or verification of the experience.

Director Responsibilities
The Director

  • assists the student in formulating a plan for their Capstone;
  • reviews the student's Individual Capstone Proposal and provides feedback;
  • signs the student's proposal;
  • monitors the student's progress during the project in a manner specified in the proposal;
  • verifies the student has met the requirements of the Individual Capstone Project and met all required Learning Outcomes and goals as described in the proposal by submitting the Verification Form below.

School Designee Responsibilities
The School Designee

  • reviews the Individual Capstone Proposal;
  • signs the proposal when it is satisfactory and provides copies to the student, Director, the student's advisor, and the Bridges Steering Committee;
  • notifies the student and Director in the event the proposal is not satisfactory, identifying areas for improvement.