IND 299 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

IND 299 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

Overview

In this course, you will explore the value of the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BA.GST) degree and how the vast knowledge gained in this diverse educational program gives you an innovative edge professionally, personally, and for civic engagement. As you prepare for your future beyond this degree, it is crucial that you be able to articulate, in a professional manner, how your experience has prepared you for the opportunities you seek. To help you practice the skill of formally defending your experiences, skills, and goals, you will create an academic plan of study for the final project in this course. In this document, you will have the opportunity to illustrate your personally designed strategic plan for achieving your goals and earning a BA.GST degree.

 

Your academic plan of study will begin with SMART goal planning strategies. You will highlight the diversity of knowledge and skills you plan to attain through the domains of study that supplement the achievement of the goal statement. The next step is defending your concentration, which is a focused area of study and

knowledge that supports your completion of the goal statement. You will then compile a comprehensive list of the completed and planned coursework required to earn your degree by the anticipated graduation date. Finally, you will present an extended rationale for your goal and the steps you have outlined to reach that goal. Your perceived professionalism as you present your academic plan is just as important as the content of what you say. Be sure that you cleanly and

professionally format your plan and check your document for any spelling and grammar errors.

 

The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Three, and Five. The final product will be submitted in Module Seven.

 

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

 

  • Illustrate the applicability of academic learning by explaining its connections and value to personal and professional planning
  • Utilize relevant research in explaining how strengths and weaknesses can be leveraged to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Employ fundamental writing skills in articulating plans of study appropriate for academic and professional audiences
  • Apply fundamental goal principles and strategic planning techniques in supporting feasible plans of academic study

 

Prompt

Create an academic plan of study that will explain and support your intention to earn a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree. Begin by forming an

achievable goal statement. Then, discuss your prior and planned academic learning and how you can use it to direct your academic and professional planning. Finally, build a case for your plan of study by articulating its value to you moving forward. Remember that this is a formal, professional document that must be formatted and presented in a manner appropriate for academic and professional audiences.

 

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

 

 

 

  1. Goal Statement: In this section, you will introduce the career and/or personal goals related to achieving your GST degree. You will do this in a brief goal statement (one to two paragraphs). You will then develop a SMART goal related to your academic plan of study. Remember that your introduction needs to establish the basis of your decisions for your audience.
    1. Concisely introduce your academic plan of study with a goal statement that details your career and/or personal goals in a manner appropriate for academic and professional
    2. Develop a SMART goal related to your academic plan of

 

  1. Domains of Study: In this section, you will connect your academic learning to specific domains of study to determine the value of this knowledge and how it can be applied to your goal statement. Domains of study refer to categories that compartmentalize different areas where you have gained or intend to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities. These domains could be as broad as “critical thinking” or “technical writing,” or they could be as specific as “the history of Massachusetts as a ”
    1. Identify three domains that define any prior or planned academic learning, and name three courses that support each
    2. Explain how any prior or planned academic learning relates to personal strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to refer to the specific domains you are developing. Support your response using
    3. Explain how any prior or planned academic learning connects to your goal statement and academic plan of Be sure to address why this knowledge is valuable to your goals and how will it help you plan your future.

 

  • Concentration: To complete this section, you will need to choose a concentration in the general studies program using the provided list and then research what knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need to complete this
    1. Defend the concentration you have chosen based on how it will help you achieve your personal or professional Be sure to reference the knowledge you plan to gain in the concentration.
    2. Back up your assertions with research that supports your concentration
  1. Coursework: In this section, you will think about your domains of study and your concentration in relation to your goal, and you will plan out the coursework for your entire degree This should be a specific and detailed outline of the number of credits needed, the courses needed at each level (200-level, 300-level, etc.), the courses you have already completed, and so on.
    1. Provide an organized list of your degree requirements and your completed and planned Be sure to categorize courses by domains of study and your concentration where appropriate.
    2. Provide a brief annotation (one to two sentences) of each listed course, illustrating why the course is applicable to your personal or professional

 

Note: All students are expected to review the academic catalog for prerequisite courses that are required as part of their program. All courses and their prerequisites must be program applicable for financial aid purposes.

 

 

  1. Academic Rationale: In this section, you will articulate the value of the BA.GST degree using research and specific examples to illustrate the benefits of completing this degree
    1. Discuss the larger relevance of the general studies degree to achieving your Be sure to address the benefits of your general studies degree and the value of a diverse education to achieving your future goals.
    2. Incorporate research (e.g., course resources, scholarly articles, networking sites, webinar opportunities) that will support you in achieving your

 

 

 

 

 Milestone 1: SMART Goal

Milestones

 

In Module Two, you will introduce the career goals and personal goals that are related to achieving your BA.GST degree. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.

 

 Milestone 2: Domains of Study

In Module Three, you will connect your academic learning to specific domains of study to determine the value of this knowledge and how it can be applied to your goal statement. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.

 

 Milestone 3: Coursework and Concentration

In Module Five, you will select the concentration for your academic plan of study, as well as plan out the remaining coursework for your degree program. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Three Rubric.

 

ACTION: If you have not already done so, be sure to declare your concentration by completing the Undergraduate Program Modification form.

 

 Final Submission: Academic Plan of Study

In Module Seven, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Rubric.

 

Deliverables

Milestone Deliverable Module Due Grading
One SMART Goal Two Graded separately; Milestone One Rubric
Two Domains of Study Three Graded separately; Milestone Two Rubric
Three Coursework and Concentration Five Graded separately; Milestone Three Rubric

 

 

  Final Submission: Academic Plan of Study Seven Graded separately; Final Project Rubric

 

 

 

Final Project Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Your academic plan of study must be 6–8 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and written in APA format. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least three references cited in APA format.

 

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Goal Statement: Goal Statement Meets “Proficient” criteria and demonstrates sophisticated ability to detail career and/or personal goals in a manner appropriate for academic and professional audiences Concisely introduces the academic plan of study with a goal statement that details career and/or personal goals

written in a manner appropriate for academic and professional audiences

Introduces the academic plan of study with a goal statement that details career and/or personal goals, but introduction is not concise, is illogical, or is not

written in a manner appropriate for academic and professional audiences

Does not introduce the academic plan of study with a goal statement that details career and/or personal goals 8.34
Goal Statement: SMART Goal Meets “Proficient” criteria and demonstrates an advanced

ability to utilize goal principles in supporting feasible plans of academic study

Develops a SMART goal related to the academic plan of study Develops a SMART goal related to the academic plan of study, but goal is illogical or irrelevant Does not develop a SMART goal related to the academic plan of study 8.33
Domains of Study: Identify Three Domains Meets “Proficient” criteria and makes cogent connections between domains of learning and associated courses Identifies three domains that define any prior or planned academic learning, and names

three courses that support each domain.

Identifies three domains that define any prior or planned academic learning, and three courses that support each domain, but courses do not logically support the domains, or identifies less than three courses and/or domains. Does not identify domains that define any prior or planned academic learning, or three courses that support each domain 6.25

 

 

Domains of Study: Strengths and Weaknesses Meets “Proficient” criteria and makes cogent connections between prior or planned academic learning and personal strengths and weaknesses Explains how any prior or planned academic learning relates to personal strengths and weaknesses, and refers to specific domains being

developed

Explains how any prior or planned academic learning relates to personal strengths

and weaknesses, but does not refer to a specific domain, or response is cursory or illogical

Does not explain how prior or planned learning relates to personal strengths and

weaknesses

8.33
Domains of Study: Prior or Planned Academic Learning Meets “Proficient” criteria and demonstrates sophisticated understanding of how any prior or planned academic learning connects to the goal statement and academic plan of study Explains how any prior or planned academic learning connects to the goal statement and academic plan of study, including why this knowledge is valuable to goals and how it will help plan the future Explains how any prior or planed learning connects to the goal statement, but not the academic plan of study, or does not address why this knowledge is valuable to personal goals, or explanation is cursory or illogical. Does not explain how any prior or planned learning connects to the goal statement and academic plan of study, and does not address why this knowledge would be valuable to personal goals. 6.25
Concentration: Defend Meets “Proficient” criteria, and level of support provided demonstrates thorough

understanding of how the chosen concentration will help achieve personal or professional goals

Defends the chosen

concentration based on how it will help achieve personal or professional goals, supporting the defense by referencing the knowledge to be gained in the concentration

Defends the chosen concentration based on how it will help achieve personal or professional goals, but defense is cursory or not

supported by referencing the knowledge to be gained in the concentration

Does not defend the chosen concentration based on how it will help achieve personal or

professional goals

8.33
Concentration: Research Meets “Proficient” criteria, and support provided demonstrates thorough understanding of

knowledge and skills needed in chosen concentration

Backs up assertions with research that supports concentration choice Backs up assertions with research that supports concentration choice, but research is cursory or does not adequately support need to acquire particular knowledge Does not back up assertions with research that supports

concentration choice

8.33
Coursework: Degree Requirements Meets “Proficient” criteria, and level of detail provided demonstrates thorough

understanding of all degree requirements

Provides an organized list of degree requirements and completed and planned coursework Provides a list of degree

requirements and completed and planned coursework, but list is incomplete or unorganized or contains inaccuracies

Does not provide a list of degree requirements or completed and planned coursework 8.33
Coursework: Annotation Meets “Proficient” criteria and demonstrates sophisticated understanding of why each course is applicable to personal or professional goals Provides a brief annotation for

each course listed that illustrates why the course is applicable to personal or professional goals

Provides a brief annotation for

each course listed that illustrates why the course is applicable to personal or professional goals, but annotations are illogical

Does not provide a brief annotation of each course listed that illustrates why the course is applicable to personal or professional goals 6.25

 

 

Academic Rationale: Relevance of the Degree Meets “Proficient” criteria and makes cogent connections between the relevance of the degree in achieving goals, the benefits of the degree, and the value of diverse education in achieving future goals Discusses the larger relevance of the degree in achieving goals, including the benefits of the degree and the value of diverse education in achieving future goals Discusses the larger relevance of the degree in achieving goals, including the benefits of the degree and the value of diverse education in achieving future

goals, but discussion is cursory or illogical

Does not discuss the larger

relevance of the degree in achieving goals

6.25
Academic Rationale: Research Meets “Proficient” criteria, and research provided illustrates a sophisticated awareness of

research that will support achievement of goals

Incorporates relevant research

that will support achievement of goals

Incorporates research, but it is cursory or not entirely relevant to goals Does not incorporate research that will support achievement of goals 8.33
Articulation and Presentation: Citations, Grammar, Spelling, or Syntax   Has no major or minor errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, and/or syntax that affect the clarity of the submission Has several minor errors and no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, and syntax that affect the clarity of the submission Has major errors related to

citations, grammar, spelling, and syntax that significantly affect the clarity of the submission

8.34
Articulation and Presentation: Organized Meets “Proficient” criteria and demonstrates masterful use of fundamental writing and organization skills Is organized in a professional and easy-to-read format Is partly organized in a

professional and easy-to-read format, but some sections are unclear or illogical

Is not organized in a professional and easy-to-read format 8.34
Total 100%

 

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