Capstone Unit

This capstone unit provides an opportunity for students to integrate what they have previously learned in the major area of study, in other course units that formed part of the degree, and in their life experiences beyond the formal course of study.  It enables students to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning across the curriculum, to consider its application in future life situations, and to plan further learning experiences designed to complement and extend their current levels of understanding. It normally introduces little new content although it may introduce new methodologies and techniques.

The class sessions include scaffolding students through the synthesis of their prior knowledge.  They provide students with frameworks for planning, reflection, analysis, and synthesis.  Sessions might include

  1. development of realistic and feasible topics
  2. advice on the types of projects that could be undertaken and opportunities to discuss projects
  3. guidance on development of plans for achieving outcomes and on completing projects or reports
  4. assistance with working effectively and collaborating in a team
  5. risk management associated with students’ participation in authentic professional and industry settings

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. Capstone generic units help students synthesise their learning across each semester of the program into a coherent whole. A capstone unit looks forward as well as back – having synthesised their studies, the capstone unit assists students consider the implications of their studies for the next stage in their vocational life and to consider further learning experiences that will consolidate and extend their current knowledge, skills, and values. These units help foster a culture of life-long learning, peer interaction and the integration of new technologies into the learning process.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



72 Credit points

Learning Outcomes

A capstone unit may develop in many ways.  It has the potential for various learning outcomes.  The learning outcomes below are examples of typical learning outcomes.

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interrogate the disciplinary assumptions and intellectual history of their major area of study
  2. reflect upon and articulate their personal reasons for studying and practising their particular area of theology and ministry
  3. consider their personal experiences in studying theology and ministry in a broader social and critical context with a view to their future life experiences
  4. engage in debate about the significance of theology to public discourse, and the relative merits of a formal education in studies in theology and ministry
  5. construct an original argument in relation to a field of scholarly debate
  6. support arguments with textual evidence using appropriate the critical skills
  7. conduct formal textual analysis of works within their major area of study
  8. consolidate higher-level applied communication skills (written, oral, interpersonal, professional presentations)
  9. apply theory to practice, work effectively in employment-related teamwork situations, and effectively use professional networking opportunities
  10. demonstrate of early professional dispositions and ethical stance.
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