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ISM 498: Individualized Studies: Math/Science/Technology Capstone 1

Course Description

Students who have selected an Individualized Studies concentration are required to complete a capstone experience in which they demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of their concentration. For students who are completing an Individualized Studies concentration in Math/Science/Technology, ISM 498 is the first of a two-course sequence in which students fulfill the capstone experience requirement. In ISM 498, a five-week, one-credit course, each student will develop a proposal for his or her capstone experience project. The project being proposed may take one of several formats: a research paper, scholarly essay, portfolio, presentation of creative work, business plan, case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student's interest and experience. In ISM 499, a ten-week, two-credit course, each student will complete his or her project as proposed in ISM 498. Entrance into ISM 499, Math/Science/Technology Capstone 2, requires successful completion of ISM 498.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of all coursework requirements in the student's concentration.
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The student who successfully completes this course will:

  1. Identify and justify the outcomes to be addressed in his or her capstone project and relate these outcomes to specific courses or other academic experiences in the concentration.
  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.
  5. Develop a proposal for his or her project to be undertaken in ISM 499 that is approved by the instructor of ISM 498.

Course Activities and Grading

ISM 498 is a pass/fail course. In order to receive a grade of Pass a student must successfully complete a project proposal that earns the approval of the instructor. Successful project proposals will fulfill the requirements and demonstrate the competencies stated in the "Course Policies" area of the Blackboard course shell.

Assignment

Weight

Capstone Project Proposal

100%

Total

100%

Required Text

  • None

Recommended Resources

  • Students should have an up-to-date reference guide for citation methods used in the discipline of their primary concentration area.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Assignments

1

1-5

  • Review course syllabus, policies, and documents in Blackboard course shell
  • Post to the class discussion board a personal introduction, a summary of the course, and a description of your concentration
  • Review student learning outcomes in course catalog for the appropriate subject area and select those appropriate to your concentration. If subject area is not included in COSC catalog, conduct a search of other college catalogs
  • Consider topics and format for project

2

1-5

  • Review structure requirements of proposal found on Course Policies page of Blackboard shell
  • Select format for project
  • Submit initial draft of project proposal to instructor

3

1-5

  • Write full draft of proposal based on instructor's feedback on initial draft
  • Post full proposal draft to discussion board
  • Read and post comments about peers' proposals (optional)

4

1-5

  • Write a revised draft of proposal based on feedback of peers and instructor
  • Submit revised proposal draft to instructor
  • Post revised proposal draft to discussion board
  • Read and post comments about peers' proposals (optional)

5

1-5

  • Submit final proposal to instructor for grading
  • Post final proposal to discussion board
  • 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.