Developing Capstone Experiences

This guide was developed from a report, Capstone Experience (2009), prepared by the authors for the Faculty of Economics and Commerce (Holdsworth, Watty and Davies, 2009). The guide provides an overview of the key features and considerations in developing capstone experiences, and it offers practical advice and examples on incorporating capstone experiences in curriculum design. We encourage users of this guide to consider the variety of experiences that can be designed to enhance student learning as part of their undergraduate or graduate study. Effective capstone experiences should be tailored for specific disciplinary requirements, be mindful of student cohort size, and provide a variety of assessment tasks.

The guide is divided into four sections. The first two sections explore the notion of a capstone experience and discuss this in relation to the objectives of the Melbourne Model and the concepts of knowledge transfer and generic attributes. This is followed by a section outlining common ways in which capstone experiences are integrated into the curriculum, and a section on key issues for consideration in designing and implementing a capstone subject. A capstone template, checklist and examples are provided in the appendices.

Authors: Annie Holdsworth, Kim Watty and Martin Davies.

Published: 2009

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Curriculum design

Curriculum design