Overview of Capstone

The Capstone Experience aims to provide an authentic and practical interdisciplinary learning experience where students:

  • Apply academic discipline in a real-world context
  • Engage communities and organizations in planning, implementing and communicating their ideas and concepts
  • Develop collaborative and leadership skills, cultural competency and an awareness of civic values

The learning experience is reflected in well-researched and thoughtful situational analyses, learning journals, written reports and presentations. Although the actual experiences may take a variety of forms, they must satisfy two basic requirements: (a) have a strong academic grounding, and (b) result in some benefit to a community or organization.

The Capstone Experience is worth 4 credits. From Semester I 2015-2016, students can take the module for a letter grade, with a S/U option. Each team working on a project comprises three to five students with one academic advisor. The recruitment of students and the formation of teams usually take place in the month before the semester starts. Information on upcoming Capstone projects will be shared through the CAPT website.

Students should have completed/almost completed UTCP. But they may apply to read the Capstone module if they are concurrently reading a remaining module to complete UTCP within 2 years’ residence. There are limited number of places offered. The Capstone module is an elective that cannot replace the five modules in the University Town College Programme (UTCP). If a Capstone clashes with UTCP, the UTCP module must take priority. The Capstone can usually be taken as an unrestricted elective (subject to approval by your home faculty).

Please refer to the module outline for more details on the academic requirements and assessment components for the Capstone Experience. You may also click here to find out more about previous Capstone projects.


You might also want to look into the Student’s Guide to Ethics Review.

Capstone Experience FAQ

How do I qualify to do the Capstone?
Students intending to do the Capstone should be resident in the College at the time of the Capstone, and must have completed / are concurrently taking a Senior Seminar. Exceptions may be made for CAPT alumni to take the Capstone if they have completed the UTCP, and if at least half of the team are CAPT residents. For example, two members of a team of three should be CAPT residents.

Must I take a Senior Seminar? Can a Junior Seminar count?
Sorry, you must have taken or are concurrently taking a Senior Seminar. Being in a Senior Seminar helps prepare you for the Capstone in terms of knowledge gained and friendships made (your classmates may be your Capstone team members!)

Can I do the Capstone if I am doing an internship or Industrial Attachment?
Unfortunately, no. If you are doing an internship or Industrial Attachment, this will probably leave you with no time to do a Capstone. The Capstone requires a high level of dedication and interaction with peers and partners. It would not be fair to these stakeholders if you are not able to commit the time and effort required for the Capstone project.

How is the Capstone project assessed?
There are both individual and group assessments. Currently, the capstone has five assessment components as follows: (1) Individual Situational Analysis – 15%, (2) Group Report and Presentation – 40%, (3) Individual Reflective Journal – 20%, (4) Tutor’s Appraisal – 15%, and (5) Peer Appraisal – 10%.

Can I come up with my own topics for the Capstone project?
Yes, students can propose their own topics (and partners they would like to work with) as long as they take into account the academic components needed for a Capstone project. Speaking to a Teaching Fellow at the College (who may eventually be your Academic Advisor) can help you to define the scope and see how your ideas can be developed into a Capstone project.

Can the Capstone project be done in either semester?
The Capstone project can be done in either semester. Preparations should start a month before the semester to ensure that the team has sufficient time. For example, if you plan to do your Capstone in Semester I (starting in August), you should identify the topics/partner and define the scope of the project in July. Similarly, for Semester II (starting in January), the initial groundwork should start in early December.

How does the Capstone help me to fulfill my academic requirements?
You can take the Capstone to fulfill your requirements for Singapore Studies (SS), an Unrestricted Elective (UEM) or ULR Breadth. However, please note that the Capstone module is an elective module outside of the UTCP. It is not deemed as a Senior seminar. If you have already read a Senior seminar that is SSU-coded, the Capstone module may be used to fulfill UEM, subject to approval by your home faculty.

Can I get a grade for the Capstone?
From Semester I 2015-2016, students can take the module for a letter grade, with a S/U option.

Can I do the Capstone twice?
Sorry, we know the Capstone experience can be addictive but you can only do the Capstone once.