INR700 - Capstone Research Project I

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Subject Title
Capstone Research Project I

Subject Description

In this first of two capstone courses, students plan and begin to create a final project of their own design. Working under the mentorship of a faculty member, students have the opportunity to build on prior learning in research methods, examine scholarship in areas relevant to their project, and apply learning from previous courses to carry out an original, culminating project in their area of academic and/or professional interest. Successful completion of INR700 prepares students to finish their final project the following semester in the course Capstone Research Project II (INR800).

Credit Status
Required course for students in the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge from prior courses to a capstone project.
2. Analyze the topic of the capstone project from an interdisciplinary perspective.
3. Contextualize the project within broader ideas and societal circumstances.
4. Apply research methods and methodology (either qualitative or quantitative) to design a capstone project.
5. Create a project that is appropriate, well defined, and valid.
6. Use critical thinking and problem solving to address challenges related to the project.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with ethical guidelines pertaining to research in general and to the capstone project in particular; and complete Seneca College's Research Ethics Board (REB) application process, if necessary.
8. Locate high quality primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative sources relating to the capstone project.
9. Write a literature review that synthesizes appropriate sources and ideas relevant to the capstone project.
10. Compose a formal written report of the capstone project, appropriate to an academic or professional audience.
11. Collaborate with peers and the instructor in the project development process by giving and receiving feedback appropriately in meetings.
12. Demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills in presentations and team meetings.
13. Work independently according to the project timeline.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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