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.
As you are completing your undergraduate coursework in IAS, you are likely to be thinking about how you got where you are now and about how what you have done will get you where you want to go next. Your portfolio capstone course will allow you to address these questions by providing you with time and a structure within which 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, 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.).
Become articulate about linkages between your learning portfolio and professional portfolios.
Develop your capacities to present your work orally and in writing to various audiences.
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 a polished piece of writing that reflects on your learning in IAS as it relates to your future ambitions.
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. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
Class assignments and grading
We will write four short essays around the IAS Learning Goals. The major assignments will be preparing (1) a reflective framing essay with supporting evidence from your archive of undergraduate work that might serve as a professional or graduate school portfolio, which presents your work to a potential employer or graduate school. We will end the quarter with a poster-exhibition session.
Participation and timely submission of assignments: 15% class participation; 30% for the four short essays, annotated bibliography of student work, graduate school/job application letter: 10% Draft Learning portfolio with reflection: 25% Professional or graduate school portfolio write-up: 20% Presentation and Poster.