The capstone project is one of two options students can select for the culminating experience in the Master of Science in Health Sciences. The capstone project provides an alternative for those students who prefer to present their culminating experience in a format other than the thesis format required by the College of Graduate Studies.
Projects may be focused on production of manuscripts for submission for publication, curriculum guides, instructional materials, websites, program proposals or evaluations, meta-analyses of the literature, or other concerns relevant to the student. However, all projects must include some element of evaluation or assessment (either qualitative or quantitative).
The project form is available online.
To undertake a project, students should take the following steps:
1. Develop a proposal
Ideally, this will be accomplished during Seminar (HSC 504). All proposals MUST include:
2. Identify a project advisor and two readers
The advisor and readers should be identified WHILE the proposal is in preparation, so they can assist with project development. The advisor is the primary contact for students during the project process; readers will approve the project, read at least one draft of the final project prior to the final manuscript/product, and will serve as resources during project implementation. The project advisor must be a graduate faculty member of the School of Health Sciences. Readers must be graduate faculty members of Cleveland State University. The advisor and at least two other committee members must be voting members of the Graduate Faculty in order for the project/thesis to be accepted by the College of Graduate Studies.
3. Submit a project form
Prior to actual implementation of the project, student should submit the attaché form to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
4. Obtain IRB approval
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW APPROVAL MUST BE OBTAINED FOR ALL RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS, AND RESEARCH MUST NOT BE STARTED UNTIL APPROVAL IS SECURED.
5. Undertake the project
Students should work closely with their advisors, and should check in regularly with project readers.
6. Submit the final project outcomes
b. If there is another product in addition to the final report (e.g. the video, website, etc.) this must be submitted along with the written report.
FORMAT AND GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETED PROJECTS
The following are guidelines for the formatting of the written document that should be provided for the Department upon completion of the MSHS Project:
1. The document should be bound with a clear front cover and a dark blue back cover. The binding should be thin spiral and can be done at Kinko’s or other copy centers. At a minimum one copy of the completed project must be submitted to be stored in HS 101 for Department use. Consult your advisor as to whether copies for the advisor and committee members should also be provided.
2. The format of the project is flexible. In other words some projects may be in the form of a manuscript, others may resemble a thesis, others may be in the form of a report. Consult closely with your advisor regarding the format of the document. Regardless of the format that is recommended by the advisor, the following components should be included to keep the projects relatively similar.
Not all projects would require an abstract page, or formatting as suggested above. Consult your advisor about whether an abstract page will be required, and if so, in what format