The Capstone Project is designed to give the students an opportunity to conduct significant, independent work on a technology related research paper, or a technology related hands-on project. One of the main objectives of this project is for students to have an opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to research or solve real-world problems. For most students, the Capstone Project is an opportunity to showcase their skills and construct a comprehensive written report or a portfolio that can be presented to future employers. Students will conduct independent research or design and implement a project that is relevant to their interest in the technology field.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
There is a fair degree of flexibility in the range of topics that the students can choose from. Some suggestions for the types of work that can be conducted are as follows:
Each student will conduct background research, formulate project goals and outcomes, and complete a final paper and presentation at the end of the spring term. There will be at least one peer-review presentation during the spring, where the students will have the opportunity to present and share their work with the rest of the class to obtain feedback from their peers and the instructor.
Students are required to meet with the instructor each month to discuss their project, reflect on their submitted progress report, and ask for advice. Three subsequent individual meetings will be scheduled and posted on Blackboard under Individual Mtg Schedule tab. Each student or group will have about half hour to showcase their work and progress. Depending on the nature of the work students may show a demo of their in-progress code or project, or they may discuss the draft of their research paper. If students are late to their meeting time, they will have a shorter time to present their work.
Students should submit a 2-page report on their chosen topic. Students who plan to work on hands-on projects are encouraged to work in groups of 2. The submission requirements for this assignment will be posted on Blackboard.
Students are required to submit a two-page report (a full page) on the progress that they have made during the period that precedes the corresponding deadline. This one-pager should include the following:
Students are required to provide a two-page report on the timeline for the completion of the project. The following should be included:
i.e. research XY, design XY, implement XYZ, etc.
Make sure that your goals are tangible and reflect the overall objectives of the project
i.e. I plan to read report X, I plan to interview Y, I will write code X to perform analysis Y, etc.
Use either MS Office or another PM software that you might be familiar with, to draw your timeline
Your grade for this submission will depend on how much effort you put into planning and organizing this project. The level of detail that you put into your timeline reflects how much you have thought about your project, how realistic your goals are and how good your plan is for achieving these goals. You don’t want to put every little detail in the goals and your timeline, but you want to have achievable and tangible goals and a realistic timeline to complete this project. Make sure to think carefully and spend some time on this assignment, as it will set the tone for the rest of the project.
This paper draft is meant to help students shape the structure of their final paper. Since most of students are still in the investigation mode, this draft does not have to be more than 10 pages long (1.5 spaced) but it should serve as a guideline and road map for the final paper. More details will be provided later in the term about the structure of this paper. Paper format will vary depending on the nature of the project.
This course uses a percent based grading schema, as shown below.
|Assignment Type||Point Value Per Assignment||# Assignments||Total|
|Timeline & Goals||10||1||10%|
The grading scale below, based on %, determines your final letter grade.
|100 – 93: A||92 – 90: A-||89 – 87: B+|
|86 – 83: B||82 – 80: B-||79 – 77: C+|
|76 – 73: C||73 – 70: C-||69 – 67: D+|
|66 – 63: D||62 – 60: D-||<59: F|
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Please review GW’s policy on academic integrity, located at.Students should familiarize themselves with the Code of Academic Integrity for GW and all graded work must be completed in accordance with this Code located at: http://studentconduct.gwu.edu/code-academic-integrity. In this code, academic dishonesty is defined as “cheating of any kind, including misrepresenting one’s own work, taking credit for the work of others without crediting them and without appropriate authorization, and the fabrication of information”. This extends beyond written work and includes material of any kind found on the Internet. Commitment to academic honesty upholds the mutual respect and moral integrity that GW’s community values and nurtures. To this end, The George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity has been established and must be honored by all members of its community.
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