Capstone Unit in [Discipline]

The advanced 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.  Its integrative nature incorporates reflection (on what they have learned), introspection (on where their understanding is currently), and projection (where the study may lead). It thus 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 unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate awards.

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 to 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

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

  1. Identify and analyse the core disciplinary assumptions and principles of the range of units in their course Major;
  2. Assess the degree of alignment of these assumptions and principles with those of course units beyond their course Major;
  3. Formulate a statement of wholistic integration of their core learning across the curriculum;
  4. Establish a personal plan for the integration of their studies beyond the period of study;
  5. Design an approach for leading a specific group of people into the implementation of the major learnings from their studies.
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