Spring 2025  |  PA 8081 Section 012: Capstone Workshop -- Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (65045)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Online Course
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Mon 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Learning Objectives:
1. Articulate a public problem/opportunity statement and develop/manage a scope of work that supports the needs of a public or nonprofit client
2. Prepare and execute a research/project plan to strengthen theoretical and practical grounding in leadership, public policy or program analysis, and reflective problem-solving to inform action on a public problem.
3. Collect and analyze data from a variety of research methods to deepen understanding of social conditions and produce information and evidence-based recommendations that will improve understanding and enable effective public action.
4. Develop ideas and recommendations responsive to the needs expressed by your client and the terms of your agreement.
5. Communicate findings and recommendations - both orally and in writing - with confidence and professionalism to influence decisions and inspire action that advances public objectives and interests.
6. Work effectively with others with diverse experiences and perspectives to forge professional relationships with a governmental or nonprofit client and Capstone teammates.
7. Develop a better understanding or your own learning process through reflection.
Individual grades will be based on in-class participation (15%) and the four reflections (20%).
Team grades will be given at mid-term based on the status report (15%) and on the final presentation and report (50%)
1. Readings: The readings will be posted to the course Moodle site.

2. Class discussion: Participation in class includes attendance and active engagement with your team and other teams.

3. Team Assignments
a. Memorandum of Agreement in draft and final form between your team and your client
b. Work Plan in draft and final form that describes your plan for meeting the deadlines for completing your work and the unique roles of team members, if any.
c. Mid-term Status Report Presentation (not a prose report)
d. Preliminary Findings and Recommendations for instructor and peer comment
e. Draft Report for instructor and client comment
f. Project Presentation in draft and final form
g. Final Project Report

4. Individual reflections: There will be four short individual reflection papers of 750-1000 words in which I will ask you to comment on the progress of your learning and your work with your team and your client at the contract
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/kelle644_PA8081_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 February 2018

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