The Capstone Course
The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the goals for learning established by their educational institution and major department. The course should be designed to assess cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning and to do so in a studentcentered and student-directed manner that requires the command, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge and skills. The capstone course described in this chapter integrates learning from the courses in the major with the courses from the rest of the academic experience. It is a multifaceted course that requires the application of knowledge to course requirements that serve as instruments of evaluation in all three modalities of learning. The course fosters interdisciplinary partnerships among university departments and helps cultivate industry alliances and cooperation. The chapter outlines a rationale for the capstone course and a review of the course design that involves four different capstone experiences.