You may do this only once in your life; you may do this three times in your life – for a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, or a Ph.D. But you will do this – a capstone project. If you have not produced such a project before, you are in for some work. But we have made the process easier for you with this guide. Read on!
When you reach your final semester or year of a degree program, you may very well have to produce a capstone project. It may be called a thesis or a dissertation, or something else, but it all means the same thing. You will need to take one specific topic area of your coursework and produce an original research work on that topic area.
The other important aspect of a capstone project is that it will involve a research question – one that you devise and that your advisor approves. Your research will be a project that answers that research question.
Choosing a Topic
Choosing an appropriate topic will involve several questions:
Steps in the Process
Once your topic has been approved, you will need to follow a very structured process.
Other Points to Consider
Be certain that you stick precisely to the topic at hand. Determining in advance will prevent you from venturing into areas of research that are not really related.
Don’t leave this project to the last minute. There is no way it can be produced well unless you begin several months in advance, even more for a doctoral dissertation or thesis.
Meet with your advisor often. This is the one way that you can ensure your final draft is going to meet with approval.
Don’t take your focus off of the need for scholarly writing and tone. No capstone project will be acceptable without proper grammar and soundness of academic style.
If you should have any questions or concerns or are in any way unsure about how to write a capstone project, be certain that you get the assistance you need in advance of proceeding. There is nothing worse than completing a section or chapter only to find that it will not meet the standards of your department. It is critical to stay in close communication with your advisor throughout the process.
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