Full course description
Throughout your career at UCV, you have developed your own curriculum. This curriculum is more than the sum of the individual courses you took. Its coherence and significance to your future has been a frequent discussion between you and your Academic Advisor. The word capstone refers to a wedged stone connecting two sides of a curved stone bridge. Your capstone serves as a connection between the various important themes in your curriculum. Capstone is the culmination of a student’s academic work at UCV and is comparable in function to a bachelor thesis.
It is a full semester module for which students receive 20 ECTS. During the first weeks students will work on writing a proposal in which they formulate their individual goals and determine a topic and format appropriate to their topic. In addition, students will choose and approach an advisor. The advisor provides the student with advice and guidance on the content of the Capstone product and will be the first examiner of your Capstone.
Students work on Capstone individually. There will be meetings with the tutors, fellow students, and the coordinator. These meetings support the individual work on Capstone, by way of presenting one’s own work to other students and giving and receiving feedback. Furthermore, the meetings are intended to monitor the progress and writing process. Students will meet with their individual advisor separately from the group meetings. Those meetings are intended for discussing the content of the Capstone and for receiving individual feedback on the work in progress and the final product.
An outline is handed in at the start of the second period of Capstone. A complete draft is handed in before the third period of Capstone. Both the outline and draft are discussed with the advisor. The last period is reserved for completing and revising the Capstone.
- To enable students to express their individual academic profile through a scholarly project during their last semester at the College.
- To further develop the ability to give an independent, systematic and clear treatment of a certain topic.
- To train the ability to independently identify and analyse relevant literature, theories and knowledge.
- To make systematic use of an appropriate selection of theories and methodologies in approaching questions and problems.
- To train the ability to independently acquire and handle academic knowledge through independent studies of relevant literature, and to cultivate the ability to critically evaluate and briefly account for the central elements in a large literature base.
- To assist senior students in the transition from undergraduate education to a master programme or the labour market.
To participate in Capstone students should be in their last semester at UCV and have at least 140 ECTS at the start of Capstone.
Note that Capstone encompasses the regular two skills trainings, two courses and project of a UCV semester. Participating in Capstone as part of the regular workload at UCV is doable, but demanding (i.e. next to the two courses throughout the semester). Therefore, having a higher workload due to e.g. additional courses, skills trainings and/or projects is not recommended.
There is no preassigned literature for Capstone. Students will search for their own literature based on their capstone topic.