Susan Juanita Harewood
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.
BIS 499 is an opportunity for you to examine your undergraduate experience with a view to thinking about your next steps. Your portfolio capstone course addresses these questions by providing time and structure to reflect 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 and audiences. BIS 499 is an opportunity for you to create a capstone portfolio of which you will be proud. That portfolio will include polished writing that frames your accomplishments and reflects on your learning in IAS as it relates to your future ambitions. Considering what it means to engage diverse audiences will be central to the work of this course; it is part of the design of BIS 499 that you will be working with students, faculty, and staff who are not intimately familiar with your area of specialization. As a result, you will need to think about and practice how to explain and frame your work and accomplishments for multiple audiences.
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