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Martha Groom
BIS 499
Bothell Campus

Portfolio Capstone

Focuses on developing a learning and professional portfolio, advancing skills of critical thinking and interdisciplinary synthesis, and honing writing and presentation capacities for appropriate audiences. Stresses collaboration with other graduating students. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

This course caps your experience in IAS, providing an opportunity to reflect on on your education and its relation to your future goals. You will step back from the learning you have done in individual courses, focusing on the connections among those courses and the links between your overall academic accomplishments and their diverse contexts, to us as individuals, to our careers, and to our communities. We will meet to discuss common readings, to share reflections, and communicate with one another orally and in writing. The course will conclude with an exhibit-poster session for all graduating IAS students.

Student learning goals

Create a final learning portfolio that draws from your work completed in the program, and use the portfolio-building process to integrate and reflect on your undergraduate education as a whole.

Develop skills in drawing on evidence in your portfolio to support reflections and claims for various audiences (friends, family, employers, graduate school admissions committee, etc.).

Develop your capacities to present your work orally and in writing to various audiences.

Become articulate about linkages between your learning portfolio and professional portfolios.

Work collaboratively with other students to enrich your understanding of interdisciplinarity.

General method of instruction

BIS 499 is an opportunity for you to share your "best work" with others, to learn from what others have accomplished in the IAS program, and to create a learning and professional portfolio of which you will be proud. That portfolio will include polished writing that reflects on your learning in IAS as it relates to your future ambitions.

Recommended preparation

BIS 499 is designed to culminate the program's learning and professional portfolio process. Students will take the course during their final quarter in the program.

Class assignments and grading

20% Participation & Peer Review (in-class discussion, activities & peer-review sessions); 25% Weekly assignments (annotated bibliography, learning objective mini-portfolios, graduate school or job application letter); 10% Draft portfolio; 20% Poster/Exhibit; 25% Final portfolio


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Martha Groom
Date: 02/18/2012