HSE 499: Applied Behavioral Science Capstone

Course Description

This capstone course aimed at facilitating students interested in focusing on issues and concerns of interest to the human service practitioner. The human service practitioner is a professional who acts as an agent to assist and or empower individuals, groups, families and communities to prevent, alleviate or better cope with crisis, change and life stressors. Students are required to complete a Capstone Project, which demonstrates an understanding of key concepts, issues and theories pertinent to his or her concentration, while applying knowledge of a human services related topic of interest. Student will also demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of their area of study concentration. The capstone project may take one of several formats: a research paper, scholarly essay, electronic portfolio, presentation of creative work, or a case study. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned to meet the requirements of the concentration and successfully complete the course. (3 credits)


  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and justify the concentration outcomes to be addressed in the capstone experience project and relate these outcomes to specific prior courses.
  2. Articulate the cohesiveness of the concentration.
  3. Provide evidence of content mastery in each subject area in the concentration.
  4. Write at the senior level of college writing.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading



Discussion Boards (Weeks 1-8)


Topic of Interest Paper (Week 1)


Initial Proposal Draft (Week 2)


Full Proposal Draft (Week 3)


Journal Entries (Weeks 3, 4, 6 & 7)


Project Draft 1 (Week 4)


Project Draft 2 (Week 5)


Final Project Draft (Week 8)




Required Text

  • There are no required textbooks for this course.

Additional Resources

  • Students should have an up-to-date reference guide for citation methods used in the discipline of their primary concentration area.
  • Additional readings will be provided by instructor as needed.

Course Schedule



Readings and Exercises




Topic: Introduction to the Human Services Capstone Experience

  • Reading:
    • Review course policies
    • Review learning outcomes of the concentration.


  • Consider topics and format for project
  • Engage in discussion board #1 (Graded)
  • Begin project work
  • Select format for project
  • Submit Topic of Interest Paper (Graded)



Topic: Initial Proposal Draft

  • Engage in Discussion Board #2 (Graded)
  • Submit an Initial Draft of project proposal and send to Instructor (Graded)



Topic: Final Proposal Draft

    • Submit Journal Entry # 1 (Graded)
    • Submit full final draft approval of proposal based on Instructor's feedback on initial draft (Graded)

Note: The Project Proposal Draft must be approved by the Instructor in order for students to begin work on the Capstone project.



Topics: First Project Draft, Peer and Instructor Feedback

  • Submit Journal Entry #2 (Graded)
  • Submit Project Draft #1 to Instructor (Graded)



Topic: Second Project Draft

  • Engage in Peer Review Discussion Board #3 (Graded)
  • Submit Based on peer and instructor feedback Project Draft #2 to Instructor for feedback (Graded)
  • Continue work on project



Topic: Project Discussions with Capstone Mentor

  • Engage in final discussion board #4 (Graded)
  • Submit Journal Entry #3 (Graded)



Topic: Finalizing the Project

  • Engage in final discussion board #5 (Graded)
  • Submit Journal Entry #4 (Graded)



Topic: Course Conclusion

  • Engage in final discussion board #6 (Graded)
  • Submit final project to Instructor (Graded)
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.