1. Capstone Resources & Proposal (Week 1)
Using the proper research tools will allow you to focus more on writing your Capstone proposal and ultimately your final deliverable. Choosing a good research question or topic sounds simple but is more than likely the most important step in the Capstone process.
Throughout MGMT 691, you may refer to this document for additional assistance with research and writing. There is no need for you to ever manually write an APA references section. There is software that will do that for you. There is also no reason why your document should not be properly formatted; there are websites that make formatting simple. These tips and more can be found in the below document:
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Note: You will be required to use MS-Word or a similar word processing program that can produce .DOC or .DOCX files. Embry-Riddle has partnered with onthehub.com to provide you with discounted software if the student does not already have access to recent MS-Office products. To access onthehub.com and receive a discount, you must click on the Software tab in ERNIE and access software through that tab. If you navigate directly to onthehub.com, you may not receive a discount.
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Identify sources of scholarly literature and evaluate the merit of different sources of information.
2. Utilize the Hunt Library to search scholarly databases using EagleSearch
3. Draft an Annotated Bibliography of scholarly sources in APA format on the proposed topic.
4. Draft a Capstone Proposal on a managerial problem or issue.
5. Understand the different types of plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism.
2. Capstone Proposal Submission (Week 2)
With the assistance of your course faculty member, it’s time to narrow in on a Capstone topic, setting, and research activity along with complete the Annotated Bibliography. This week is all about setting the stage for success in the coming weeks. Once your proposal is approved, it will serve as the guiding document for Weeks 3-7.
The purpose of conducting preliminary research before embarking on a complete research effort is to make sure that the project can be completed within the allocated time to the standards set forth in the Capstone Guide and grading rubric. You should be communicating often with your faculty member and revising your proposal (as needed) and finishing your Annotated Bibliography.
Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Create an Annotated Bibliography of scholarly sources in APA format on the proposed topic.
2. Create a Capstone Proposal on a managerial problem or issue.
3. Capstone Working Drafts (Weeks 3 – 6)
Weekly progress reports give you a milestone to work towards each week. The submission of a weekly progress report also allows your faculty member to provide multiple points of feedback as you progress through the Capstone process.
There are 5 weeks allocated to research and writing with the Capstone due at the end of Week 7. Students who follow a writing plan often budget time better and feel less stressed. In practical terms, this means that approximately 8-10 pages of quality work should be generated each week to finish on time. Weekly progress reports are required and each progress report should show substantial progress each week. Your faculty member will provide feedback after reviewing each progress report to further help guide you toward completion.
4. Final Capstone Submission (Week 7)
At the conclusion of this week, you will submit your Final Capstone deliverable for review and grading.
Week 7 has only one main activity; submitting your Final Capstone deliverable. At this point, it is helpful to reference the Capstone Guide to review the defense process, external assessment process, and course completion process.
5. Defense and External Assessment (Week 8)
The defense process is a scholarly process that was designed to show faculty that you can engage in scholarly discussion about your research. This process is less formal than the Capstone itself and is similar to a scholarly conversation.
During Week 8 you will receive defense questions from your faculty member and complete an external assessment. Both process are consistent with normal university activity when issuing a graduate degree and will be graded using the Capstone Grading Rubric. Also, during this period of time your faculty member will begin grading your Final Capstone deliverable.
Please check your e-mail often since rapid communication during this period is beneficial to all.
6. Course Completion (Week 9)
The final week of is dedicated to final grading, revising any noted issue with the Capstone, and wrap up any other loose ends within the course.
At this point, you should be finished with all deliverables and waiting for a final grade and feedback from your faculty member. For those who needed to revise their Final Capstone for whatever reason you should be working closely with your faculty member to ensure a completed Final Capstone is delivered no later than the end of this week.
Grading all of the Final Capstones does take time so please e-mail your faculty member if any questions arise.