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David Steven Goldstein
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

SUMMER 2011: 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 relationship 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 verbally and in writing. The course will conclude with an exhibit-poster session for all graduating IAS students.

***This course will be in hybrid format. Roughly half of our work will take place in person, and roughly half online.***

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. The learning atmosphere will be in a seminar format, with a lot of discussion and collaborative work.

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.

You will need frequent access to the Internet outside of class (at home, work, campus computer lab, or public library, etc.).

Class assignments and grading

We will write a couple of short essays. The major assignments will be preparing (1) a reflective or learning portfolio, with a writeup, and (2) a professional or graduate school portfolio, which presents your work to a potential employer or graduate school.

Contribution (i.e., participation): 20% Short essays: 10% Comments on others' writing, posters, and presentations: 5% Learning portfolio with reflection: 25% Professional or graduate school portfolio write-up: 25% Presentation and Poster: 15%


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.
IAS Degree Portfolio Information
Last Update by David Steven Goldstein
Date: 04/06/2011