The Capstone Project Proposal will outline a management problem to be examined and solved. It will also outline areas of research you plan to pursue in looking for a solution, which course work seems most relevant to the problem and how you plan to use that course work in your solution.
The Project Outline will present a timetable between the Project Proposal and Rough Draft and specify the steps to be taken and the sections to be included in your report.
- Your capstone project will be one of your choosing and its goal is to help you become more familiar with contemporary management and organizational issues using your course work by:
- Defining a supervisory, management or leadership issue, problem, or opportunity to be solved or investigated in your present organization.
- Researching the issue in academic, professional, and popular business publications, on the Web, in library resources, and through observation and discussion (at least 5 sources).
- Determining a specific approach to take in addressing the issue.
- You will demonstrate an understanding of the general methods and informed ethical approaches for dealing with supervisory, management, and leadership issues by:
- Identifying methods that have and have not worked in the past and why.
- Assessing relevant approaches to dealing with supervisory, management, and leadership issues.
- Discussing relevant ethical issues.
- You will develop a potential solution to the problem or issue selected by:
- Identifying likely successful approaches, with at least three alternatives.
- Ranking and ordering a set of solutions.
- You will then develop a detailed plan to address this real world issue.
- Follow your detailed plan to solve the issue.
- Demonstrate the integration of your course work using key course concepts and pointing those out from at least five (5) of your required courses.
- Present the issue, plan, and implementation success in class.
- Include your Project in your academic portfolio for presentation to the professional community.
Things to know and what your professor expects:
- The Capstone Project paper will be submitted in three phases: proposal and outline, rough draft, and final draft.
- All topics described in the hierarchy above must be present in the outline and final draft.
- The paper must be in appropriate APA format and documentation style.
- The Capstone Project final draft must be a minimum of 10 pages not including the title page and references pages.
- A template for the final draft is available in the course site and must be used by each student.
- Students who submit a final draft that does not meet the full minimum 10-page requirement (not including the title and references pages) will automatically receive a zero for the assignment.
- Students may not write based on their own knowledge of their workplace environment. Sources must be provided.
- Direct quotes are not permitted.
- The Capstone Presentation portion of the project will be a summary of the final draft of the Capstone paper.
- Any presentation software or method may be used (the more creative the better).
- Sources for the presentation must be present.
- Any student who did not complete the Capstone paper cannot complete the Presentation portion of the project.
- Papers and presentations should be free of spelling, grammatical, and writing style errors and be formatted and documented according to APA style.