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OEL 695: Capstone Seminar (Graduate Level)

Course Description

The Capstone Seminar provides an opportunity for students to complete their research projects and present and receive feedback on their research projects. The projects will be evaluated by peers and faculty. It also provides students an opportunity to reflect upon and integrate their course learning with their life and work experiences and to relate their learning to effective ness within their organizational work environments.


  • Minimum completion of nine courses in the M. S. in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Program including OEL690 Applied Research Project.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge gained in the functional areas of organizational effectiveness and leadership in the context and framework of their respective research projects.
  2. Apply the appropriate knowledge, tools, and models to demonstrate advanced problem solving skills including the ability to recognize the root cause of problems, analyze uncertain situations, interpret and use data in drawing conclusions, develop solutions, and adapt and innovate in the context and framework of their respective research projects.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate well-developed practical skill sets including the use of the internet, research databases, report writing software, process improvement tools, and project management tools in the context and framework of their respective research projects.

Applicable Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

3. Develop professional communication skills.
5. Construct organizational leadership strategies.
7. Design and implement organizational change processes.
9. Develop strategies that support the advancement of organization's vision and mission.
14. Formulate, propose, and develop a plan utilizing appropriate tools and interventions to implement.

Course Activities and Grading


Discussion Questions: 8 Discussion Questions @ 20 points each


Interim Project Submissions: 5 @ 20 points each, 1 @ 40 points


Final Project Submission-Report: 1 @ 500 points each


Final Project Submission-Presentation (PowerPoint): 1 @ 100 points each


Final Project Submission-Presentation (Oral presentation): 1 @ 100 points each


Total Points


Required Textbook

This manual will be provided electronically at no cost to students in the OEL695 Capstone Seminar Blackboard Course Shell. There will be no required textbook to purchase.

  • Charter Oak State College. Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Capstone Project Handbook. 1st ed. Charter Oak State College.

Supplemental Required Readings / Resources

  • Links to the supplemental readings and articles are provided in the course shells.

Course Schedule

WeekPLOsSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)




Topic: Planning the Project

  • Video Lectures:
    • YouTube Video- Project Management Tutorial
    • YouTube Video- Project Management tools-Work Breakdown Schedule
  • Gradable Assignment # 1: Discussion Question 1
  • Gradable Assignment # 2: Interim Project Submission # 1- IRB Approval Form, Human Subjects Training Certificate, Proposal from OEL690 updated with IRB corrections (40 Points)
  • Review Capstone Project Handbook
  • Review lecture material




Topic: The Literature Review

  • Video Lecture:
    • YouTube Video- Tutorial-Literature Review
  • Gradable Assignment # 3: Discussion Question 2
  • Gradable Assignment # 4: Interim Project Submission # 2- Draft Literature Review
  • Review lecture material




Topics: Methodology and Tools

  • Video Lectures:
    • YouTube Video- Project Management Tools-Mind Mapping
    • YouTube Video- Project Management Tools-Spaghetti Diagram
  • Gradable Assignment # 5: Discussion Question 3
  • Gradable Assignment # 6: Interim Project Submission # 3- Draft-Methodology
  • Review the lecture material




Topics: Conducting Analysis and Preparing Conclusions

  • Video Lectures:
    • YouTube Video-Project Management Tools-Process Flowcharting
    • YouTube Video-Project Management Tools Benchmarking
  • Gradable Assignment # 7: Discussion Question 4
  • Gradable Assignment # 8: Interim Project Submission # 4- Draft Findings and Conclusions
  • Review the lecture material




Topics: Preparing Recommendations and Reflection Analysis

  • Video Lecture:
    • YouTube Video-Tutorial-Reflective Writing
  • Gradable Assignment # 9: Discussion Question 5
  • Gradable Assignment # 10: Interim Project Submission # 5- Draft-Recommendations and Reflections
  • Review the lecture material




Topics: Professional Presentations

  • Video:
    • YouTube Video-How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint
  • Gradable Assignment # 11: Discussion Question 6
  • Gradable Assignment # 12: Interim Project Submission # 6- Draft-PowerPoint Presentation
  • Review the lecture material




Topics: The Final Product

  • Video Lectures:
    • There are no lectures / or supplemental reading this week. All focus needs to be directed to the creation of your final project and answering the discussion question.
  • Gradable Assignment # 13: Discussion Question 7
  • Gradable Assignment # 14: Final Project Submission-Report
  • Gradable Assignment # 15: Final Project Submission-PowerPoint
  • Review the lecture material




Topics: Final Project Submission & Course Wrap-up

  • Lectures:
    • Students will deliver their final oral presentation this week.
  • Gradable Assignment # 16: Discussion Question 8
  • Gradable Assignment # 17: Final Project Submission- Presentation (Oral Presentation-No Blackboard submission)

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