Capstone Project: Urban Planning & Real Estate Development
The capstone for SLU's degree in urban planning and real estate development is a professional document required by the program in lieu of comprehensive examinations.
Additionally, the electronic portfolio is a collection of the work you completed during your graduate program. It represents a deeper presentation of your skills.
The Capstone and Electronic Portfolio are designed to demonstrate your individual mastery of the following professional competencies and contribute to your overall Student Outcome Assessment:
Content & Organization
Your capstone project integrate the skills and knowledge you have learned in your coursework. The final product should be organized as follows:
1. Executive Summary
2. Table of Contents
- List of figures
- List of maps
- Problem statement, research question (i.e. purpose).
- Summary of Context (location).
- Summary of methods used and overview of document.
4. Literature Review - Detailed Context of Planning Problem
- How the issue is framed in the literature?
- Detailed description of study area and planning problem.
- How are you framing the problem?
- How did you arrive at your question?
- What methods and data are you going to use to address the problem and answer the research question?
- What did you discover?
- Describe, in detail, what you learned in your investigation.
7. Policy Recommendations/Implications for Planning
- Based on your findings, what sorts of policy recommendations do you feel need to be developed?
- Based on your findings and policy recommendations, what sorts of implications do you foresee for your study area? For the larger community?
A copy of the database is required along with other supporting materials you wish to include.
- Clear Statement of purpose (problem statement) and focus.
- Link to the larger purpose, as demonstrated in the literature.
- Appropriate methodology and one in which you have experience.
- Demonstrates understanding of methods, link to concepts and the nature of data.
- Clear statement of findings.
Presentation and Language Style
- Grammatically correct.
- Appropriate and consistent research citation and documentation.
- Maps, appropriately generated and designed.
- Appropriate graphics to display data and the results of analysis.
- Visual materials to support presentation of the context of your problem.
This is a very general guideline. You will need to be in constant contact with your capstone advisor for exact deadlines pertaining to your candidacy.
Semester prior to Graduation:
- Select faculty advisors.
- Submit a clearly focused problem statement including your research question and general plan.
- Submit IRB application (if you plan to publish).
- Submit Capstone Proposal & preliminary bibliography.
- Complete candidacy procedures and application for degree.
- Submit rough draft of your capstone project.
- Make revisions.
- Submit penultimate draft of capstone project.
- Make revisions.
- Submit final, bound and edited, capstone and electronic portfolio.