P181: Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy – Lessons learned from designing a capstone course
Capstone Courses are recognized as a High-Impact educational practice by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In the chemistry curriculum, these courses provide an opportunity to synthesize content from each chemistry discipline. They are also an opportunity for students to master critical skills including writing, presentations, chemical literature, laboratory record keeping, and specialized software. This talk will show how the design of a capstone course helps meet these goals and provide useful assessment data. The Widener University chemistry department implemented a new capstone course in 2011 based on assessment outcomes. The course was designed to integrate content from throughout the chemistry curriculum and provide an opportunity to assess student learning. The resulting course is now a critical part of our curriculum, it ensures that our students graduate with the expected knowledge and skills and it provides the department with valuable assessment information to improve our curriculum.