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A Guide to Writing Your Capstone Proposal*
Investing ample time in writing a clear proposal upfront will safe you lots of grief next
semester. Your absolute deadline for your final copy of your capstone project is a week
before the finals in the spring semester 2015.
1. What is your project all about? Write a brief overview. Is it a review of an
existing concept of body of knowledge? a comparison? an analysis? a clinical
correlation? a retrospective review?
2. Give your proposed project a clear, concise, and descriptive working title.
Note: this is a working title! Keep your working title in mind as you develop
each section of your project. Make sure the final title connects with the
elements of the project.
1. Clearly and concisely tell your readers what your project is, keeping in mind
that not all may be familiar with the terminology or jargon you use that is
unique to your field. Focus your project approach for your readers.
Background and Rationale
1. Tell your readers why you want to do the work you have proposed. What is
the origin of your project? Does it come from
a. your coursework?
b. an earlier opportunity or experience?
c. an idea that you have always wanted to pursue?
Objectives of the Project
1. Objectives can guide you during the project and they can shape the results of
your project. To help define you objectives, ask yourself:
a. What do I understand about this topic that I don’t understand now?
b. What specific aspects about this topic do I want to learn?
c. What do I want to know or be able to do when I complete this project?
d. What is my main question? Problem Statement?
1. What will you do? How will you do it? List each of your methods individually.
Be specific. Describe how you will achieve your objectives (see above).
Methods include a description of what you will develop, design, utilize,
create, analyze, collect, survey, observe.
1. The project result is the demonstration of your learning and can take a
variety of forms. For our purposes, you should focus on a research portfolio
or project (a scholarly paper)
2. Professional community service project (a report, excursion, or research
3. An internship/field research project (paper, report, or research portfolio)
Final Written Report
1. A typical research paper or report might include
a. Title page
b. Table of contents
c. Main body
ii. Literature review
iv. Findings and conclusions
*Adapted from the Program for Individualized Learning, College of Continuing
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