Capstone course

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A capstone course, also known as capstone unit, capstone module, capstone project, capstone subject, or capstone experience, serves as the culminating and usually integrative experience of an educational program.[1] It may also be referred to as senior seminar (in the U.S.) or final year project (more common in the U.K.).

Universities and colleges often award a Capstone Award[2][3] or Capstone Prize[4] based on merit in the capstone course.

The term derives from the final decorative coping or "cap-stone" used to complete a building or monument. In higher education, the term has been in common use in the USA since the mid-twentieth century, although there is evidence that it was in use as early as the late 1800s.[5] It has gradually been gaining currency in other countries, particularly where attention has focused on student outcomes and employability in undergraduate studies.[6] National grant projects in Australia[7][8][9] and the U.K. have further raised the profile of the capstone experience.[10]

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  1. ^ Marcus Ford; Marcus Peter Ford (2006). Beyond the Modern University: Toward a C. IAP. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-59311-405-3.
  2. ^ "General Studies". Capstone Awards. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Capstone Award Winners". University of Washington. Information School. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Capstone Project Best Design Prize". University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  5. ^ Hauhart, R. & Grahe, J. (2015). Designing and teaching undergraduate capstone courses. San-Francisco: Jossey-Bass.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Capstone Project Definition: What is Capstone". Archived from the original on 5 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Business Capstones". Australia. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Curriculum renewal in legal education: Capstone experiences in law". Australia.
  9. ^ "Capstones across disciplines and the capstone network". Australia.
  10. ^ "Rethinking final-year projects and dissertations: Creative honours and capstone projects". U.K. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017.