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A snapshot of capstone courses in Australian business schools

van Acher, Liz, Bailey, Janis, French, Erica L., & Wilson, Keithia (2012) A snapshot of capstone courses in Australian business schools. In Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2012 Conference, 3 – 5 July 2012, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, TAS.

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Abstract

Capstone courses are compulsory units usually offered in the last year, and often in the last semester, of a degree program. Ideally, they incorporate, consolidate and apply previously acquired knowledge, skills and experiential learning, rather than providing new information and skills. This presentation reports on findings of an Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) Projecti that explores the teaching of capstone courses in university Business Schools. In particular, it analyses comprehensive data collected via a national audit of all business capstone courses conducted in 2010-2011, based on information on university websites. Using this data, we reconsider the capstone ‘model’, classifying capstones in a way that goes beyond simple typologies in the literature, and reviewing approaches to teaching them. Although there is a common understanding amongst lecturers about the aims of capstone courses and the need to make students ‘workplace ready’, this presentation will provide more detailed analysis demonstrating the diversity of actual practices with respect to assessment, format and new content. These are important concerns related to student success in the workplace.

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ID Code: 54203
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Capstone Courses, Australian Business Schools, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2012 09:32
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 22:51

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