INR700 - Capstone Research Project I

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Subject Title
Capstone Research Project I

Subject Description

In this first of two capstone courses, students plan and begin to create a final project of their own design. Working under the mentorship of a faculty member, students have the opportunity to build on prior learning in research methods, examine scholarship in areas relevant to their project, and apply learning from previous courses to carry out an original, culminating project in their area of academic and/or professional interest. Successful completion of INR700 prepares students to finish their final project the following semester in the course Capstone Research Project II (INR800).

Credit Status
Required course for students in the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge from prior courses to a capstone project.
2. Analyze the topic of the capstone project from an interdisciplinary perspective.
3. Contextualize the project within broader ideas and societal circumstances.
4. Apply research methods and methodology (either qualitative or quantitative) to design a capstone project.
5. Create a project that is appropriate, well defined, and valid.
6. Use critical thinking and problem solving to address challenges related to the project.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with ethical guidelines pertaining to research in general and to the capstone project in particular; and complete Seneca College's Research Ethics Board (REB) application process, if necessary.
8. Locate high quality primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative sources relating to the capstone project.
9. Write a literature review that synthesizes appropriate sources and ideas relevant to the capstone project.
10. Compose a formal written report of the capstone project, appropriate to an academic or professional audience.
11. Collaborate with peers and the instructor in the project development process by giving and receiving feedback appropriately in meetings.
12. Demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills in presentations and team meetings.
13. Work independently according to the project timeline.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

INR300 or equivalent.

Mode of Instruction

Development of the critical concepts associated with this course is accomplished through an interactive and applied learning process. Specifically, this involves mini interactive lectures embedded in interactive seminar discussions, guest presentations, online discussions, a class wiki/blog and collaborative group work. Independent and peer group work is encouraged throughout the project work, during which students will investigate sources and discuss their projects with the class.

Prescribed Texts

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned.  
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

Proposal        (10%)
Draft               (10%)
Final paper    (30%)
Ethics submission/assessment (10%)
Process evaluations (presentations, progress updates, peer-reviews, planning) (40%)

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. As students are being graded on form as well as content, marks may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood