Capstone project - putting it all together
In a capstone project, students will focus on a specific area or issue, exploring it in detail while answering a particular question or set of questions. When choosing a topic, it’s a good idea to reflect on your coursework to date and think of any questions or areas of interest that came up for you. Key skills required and gained during the process are research and methodology, academic writing, project management and time management, teamwork, data analysis and reporting. The capstone project allows students to incorporate what they have learned theoretically, into a practical and focused project.
You will attain and display advanced knowledge or skills within your chosen topic. Therefore, it’s important to select a topic that you’re interested in and determine why it’s necessary or useful to study it. Regardless of the topic, you will need to include various essential elements.
There are several standard components required when putting together a capstone project:
Title page – This will serve as the first impression of your capstone project, and will give the reader an idea of what to expect. A strong title is essential for the purposes of information and presentation.
Abstract – An abstract provides a clear and concise summary and synopsis of your paper. It provides an overview of your whole paper, its scope and purpose, and should include the main area that is being assessed and the reason why it needs to be assessed.
Copyright page – This is a good idea to create ownership over your work and make sure that nobody copies or reuses it.
Introduction – The introduction is the first part of your actual project, and as such, it familiarizes the reader with the topic and sets the scene for what is to come in the rest of the paper.
Research methods – The methods of research that you utilize will obviously depend on your individual project, but there are several methods available including questionnaires, interviews, and data analysis. Let your reader know what methods you have used in your research.
Research results – Display and explain your results and findings that you have gathered using your various research methods.
Limitations – Make your reader aware of the limitations and difficulties in your research.
Conclusion – Summarize and analyze your results and findings and what your paper has added to the area of study, drawing conclusions and tying everything together.
References – Make a references page that includes all sources used for your paper.
Acknowledgements – A personal page to thank anyone that helped you during the process.