Capstone: Sweet and sour experiences

David Copray, Jim Smith

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Capstone subjects are a feature of many built environment degrees. At Bond University the property, urban development, urban planning, construction management and quantity surveying specialisations share the integrative Capstone subject. Capstone students are given unique projects from industry clients who are interested in involving and releasingthe capabilities of final year students on a multi-dimensional project involving facets in the areas of town planning, environmental, financial, construction, sustainability, design, social and administrative capabilities and which can be completed in 13 weeks. The project is assessed by the capstone staff as having a high research content as well aspractical relevance and not just being a descriptive approach of a static situation. Students work in groups of 2, 3 or 4 (size depending on the task) with some groups working on the same client problem that has a number of dimensions and other groups working on an individual project where one analysis is sufficient. Emphasis is given to scope definition and the understanding as well as targeting of the client needs through a thorough literature review, data collection involving a range of techniques depending on the situation, analysis of the data and conclusions and recommendations. Client response to date after three years has been positive with clients requesting more involvement with this subject. Clients to date have included a major local property developer, Delfin Group, Mirvac, Billabong and Queensland Health. The positive experiences of Capstone are highlighted in this paper, which include high quality multi-disciplinary reports and presentations with student groups appreciating the benefits of integrated learning based on original research with a real project for a large private organisation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association - Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 27 Apr 201129 Apr 2011
Conference number: 36th


Conference36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association
Abbreviated titleAUBEA
CityGold Coast

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    Copray, D., & Smith, J. (2011). Capstone: Sweet and sour experiences. 536-549. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association, Gold Coast, Australia.