Capstone philosophy

Capstone philosophy

This portfolio project is the capstone project for the  course; please work hard to produce a high-quality  portfolio that effectively documents your achievements  in this course this term. This handout provides  instruction about what you need to do. This  assignment counts for 30% of your course grade.

Your portfolio should be organized into three main  sections:

  1. Analytical Skill Building. To what extent has your  work in this course helped you to improve your critical  reading, writing, and thinking skills?
  2. Knowledge Acquisition. To what extent have you  gained significant knowledge of central concepts,  ideas, and perspectives of Western philosophy?
  3. Practical Application. To what extent have you  learned how to connect course material to your own  life?


Each section of your portfolio should include a  narrative assessment that gives your honest and  incisive reflections on how well you have not made  progress in these areas. Your comments should  include both an overall evaluation and reflective  comments about your progress. For example, in the  first section you might describe exactly how much  your writing skills have improved this term and then go  on to discuss work habits contributed to your success.  Your discussion should be objective and balanced; for  example, if there are factors that have made it difficult  for you to achieve a certain course goal, please  include them in your reflections!

Each section of your portfolio should also include  specific evidence that documents your reflective  narrative. For example, if you believe that your writing  skills have improved you might want to document this  observation with examples of weaker writing from your  first reflection paper and with examples of stronger  writing from your third paper. Likewise, if you observe  that you took the writing process very seriously, you  might want to document this by including examples of  outlines, rough drafts, reading notes, etc.

The documentary evidence you include in your  portfolio can be anything related to the course:  papers, message board messages, your own notes or  reading diary, course-related e-mail, etc. You don’t  need to have documentary evidence to back up every  point you include in your reflections, but you should  include evidence that documents the most important  claims you make.

You have two options for synthesizing your narrative  evaluation and documentary evidence. One option is  to give the narrative and then give a separate listing of  evidence. If you do this, you will need to carefully  organize your presentation of evidence so that it is  clear to your reader which items of evidence relate to  which claims in your narrative. The second option is to  integrate documentary evidence into your narrative


There is no absolute length requirement; your job is to  do what it takes to present clear and effective  narratives and documentary evidence in all three of  the areas listed above. This is a challenging task that  requires a significant submission. For example,  your  narratives + documentary evidence would require 3-4  pages per section, or around 9-12 pages total.  (If,  however,  you can get the job done in  fewer pages,  that is fine, and it is also fine to submit a longer  portfolio as long as you do not “pad” your work with  material that does not contribute to the objectives  described above.)

Submitting your portfolio as a Word document is  probably the simplest option. If, however, you would  like to format your portfolio in a more creative way,  please consult with your professor in advance to see  whether that is acceptable. (Creative options might  include submissions in HTML, PowerPoint, Flash, or  other multimedia formats.)


Your portfolio will be graded according to how well you  (1) present thoughtful and clear reflections about your  work in the course and (2) how effectively you gather,  present, and organized specific evidence that backs  up and supports your reflections.

What matters most is that your reflections are  thoughtful and accurate and that they are backed up  by specific evidence. Your grade is NOT simply a  function of how well you say you did meeting the  goals! For example, if you can thoughtfully explain why  you did NOT make good progress on a certain goal,  this will earn a higher grade than a perfunctory or  unpersuasive assertion that you did well on everything.






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Taking part in this class has been an eye opener for me. During the duration of the course, we have done different types of assignment that have helped me to hone my skills as a critical thinker. I have to admit when I joined this class, several things were not in black and white. I of course knew about critical thinking and that it helps readers evaluate the credibility of an argument. However, that was all that…………..


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