American Heritage University of Southern California

MB-600 Capstone Experience

The course is a rigorous team-based and project-oriented course. The institutions capstone program seeks accomplish the following goals:

  • The application of higher-order thinking and multilayered decision-making while engaged in an experiential learning activity.
  • The c...more
  • Course ID: MB 600
  • Start Date: 05/03/2019
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Method of Instruction: Online

Units: 6

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The course is a rigorous team-based and project-oriented course. The institutions capstone program seeks accomplish the following goals:

  • The application of higher-order thinking and multilayered decision-making while engaged in an experiential learning activity.
  • The connection between curriculum and learning objectives.
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary understanding.
  • Visualizing the application of learned knowledge and skills to the workplace.
  • Reflecting on the issues involved in the transition into their next phase of education and/or their professional career.
  • Build life-long learning skills Develop the capabilities desired by future employers.

These goals are focused on the institutions program learning outcomes that a student is expected to have mastered at the completion of the capstone course.

Dr Ray Briggs Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Raymond P. Briggs is currently the principal partner of Briggs and Associates, an academic and applied consulting company, and an active professor at American Heritage Universi

  1. Critical Thinking: Students will clearly show the existence of actively conceptualizing, applying, evaluating the information gathered to various aspects of business challenges by showing dependable and well-thought perspectives that drive change.
  2. Technology and Analytical: Students will clearly show the existence of understanding how businesses use digital technology to succeed and how to use the same technology to solve business challenges.
  3. Communications: Students will be able to demonstrate effective and practical communication to business situations, generate professional business documents, effectively collaborate in a team environment, and prepare and deliver effective oral presentations.
  4. Application & Evaluation: Students will be able to apply critical thinking, technology and analytical and communication skills to business situations and formulate business strategies while effectively managing expected outcomes.

Capstone Learning Outcomes

Consistent with our mission and goals and program learning outcomes, American Heritage University of Southern California's capstone learning outcomes focus on the development of:

Business Knowledge

  • The final capstone shows understanding of Business content areas (business communications, accounting, marketing, finance, organizational behavior, legal environment of business, management information systems, and strategy).

Research

  • Capstone provides well-researched information, contain a broad range of credible sources, show familiarity with the conventions of academic research, draw heavily on peer-reviewed research, properly cite research.
  • In terms of research, a superior capstone uses a broad range of pertinent, current academic and professional sources; provides accurate and complete citations; and shows good judgment in its choice of sources and citations.

Critical thinking

  • Capstone is insightful and generates new knowledge or insights on a significant topic.
  • The capstone poses interesting and significant questions about its subject, it moves past facile and conventional treatments of the business challenges facing the subject.
  • The capstone will make connections that help drive a deeper understanding of the strategic situation in which the subject finds itself.
  • The capstone clearly shows the existence of actively conceptualizing, applying, evaluating the information gathered to various aspects of business challenges by showing dependable and well-thought perspectives that drive change.

Technology and Analytical

  • Capstone will demonstrate a well use of quantitative data. 
  • The capstone will analyze accurately and perceptively the data it collects.
  • The capstone will present data in words, tables, and diagrams to help the reader understand the data.
  • Graphs and other visual presentations are helpful, clear, and well designed.
  • In terms of writing, capstone uses clear, compelling, and accurate data; skillfully analyzes it; and presents the data in accurate, detailed prose and graphics that capture the reader’s attention and facilitate understanding. 
  • The capstone will clearly show the existence of understanding how businesses use digital technology to succeed and how to use the same technology to solve business challenges.

Communication & Writing skills

  • The capstone is well written/communicated.
  • The capstone encourages the reader/viewer to keep reading/viewing.
  • The material is well organized.
  • The introduction and conclusion serve their purposes well.
  • Within written chapters, the capstone uses well-prepared paragraph structure to help the reader follow the argument.
  • The capstone paragraphs/segments are coherent and cohesive.
  • The capstone uses introductions, conclusions and transitions between logical units to help the reader/viewer.
  • In terms of writing, a superior capstone is written clearly and concisely, in a style that emphasizes action and agency (clarity about “who is doing what”).
  • The capstone is clearly organized, chapter-by-chapter, section-by-section, and paragraph by paragraph.
  • The capstone applies effective and practical communication, research, and technological skills to business situations, presents professional business documents, works effectively in teams, and prepares and delivers effective oral presentations.

Ethical awareness

  • The capstone is ethically aware.
  • For Strategy capstones, the capstone shows a deep understanding of the ethical challenges the subject faces in doing business, both within the broad marketplace (in terms of how customers, partners competitors, and the external environment are treated) and within the organization itself (in terms of how employees are treated).
  • The capstone shows awareness of the subject's mission, vision, and core values, and the degree to which these are adhered to in the subject's operations.
  • For the Business Plan capstone, the capstone shows a broad understanding of the ethical challenges a new business and the entrepreneur will face, particularly in terms of competition, marketing, and building a business.
  • For other kinds of capstones, the capstone shows a deep understanding of the ethical implications of the topic being studied.

Application & Evaluation

  • The capstone applies critical thinking, technology and analytical and communication skills to business situations to formulate business strategies while effectively managing expected outcomes.

 

The Big Picture

How this course ties into your program outcomes:

Critical Thinking Technological & Analytical Communication Application & Evaluation
 
M M M M

Legend:
I = Introduced
D = Developed
M = Demonstrated at the Mastery level suitable for graduation