University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

Capstone Requirement

UH West Oʻahu students are required to complete a capstone course in their specific degree and concentration area. A capstone course is the culminating scholastic effort and experience that asks students to incorporate the terms and concepts learned in their various classes to demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned in their area of study. This experience varies depending upon the student’s interest area and is completed in the final semester of the study.

While students are encouraged to participate in other work, research, or field experience opportunities such as internships when they are sophomores or first semester juniors, earning credit for the capstone requirement is limited to the student’s last semester before completing their degree requirements. This allows the student to integrate more classroom learning during the Capstone.

Students should visit and/or contact their UH West Oʻahu Academic Advisor to go over graduation requirements and project their graduation date.

Capstone Course Registration

Refer to the UH West O‘ahu General Catalog for program requirements and specific course description and prerequisites.
Special approval and registration approval overrides are required for registration into a capstone course. Refer to the information listed below for concentration specific contacts and information.

When preparing for registration and graduation, students should also contact and/or visit their UH West O‘ahu Academic Advisor to go over graduation requirements and project a graduation date.

Capstone Options

Senior Project

Students complete a research paper based on original or library research related to a particular problem or issue in their concentration area. The objectives of the senior project are to develop research and information retrieval skills, refine communication skills, and other research related competencies. Students will then share their research demonstrating their understanding theories and practices. Although the senior project is usually in a student’s concentration, students may select topics that require multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary study. Senior Project topics are subject to faculty approval.

SENIOR PROJECT GUIDELINES (PDF)

Senior Practicum

The goal of the practicum course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience through field-based coursework within the workforce and apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom. Students will then report on their experience using their understanding of theories and practices. In doing so, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to adapt to professional situations.

Students will complete field-based coursework related to their concentration area, such as an internship. Education majors will complete Student Teaching where they will be assigned to a school and classroom to teach in the grade level and content area related to their licensure area(s). Student Teaching Seminars are co-requisites.

Senior Practicum Guidelines (PDF)

Forms

A Practicum Affiliation Agreement form and Student Practicum Agreement form are required for students to complete a practicum course. Copies of these forms are distributed only to students who have registered into a 490 Practicum Course.

Contact the Capstone course instructor or program contact (see below) for the required forms.

Program Options and Contacts

Applied Science

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Creative Media CM 490 Creative Media Practicum
CM 491 Senior Project
Sharla Hanaoka
Director, Academy for Creative Media at UH West O‘ahu
shanaoka@hawaii.edu
Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing APSC 486J Senior Project – HIHH Dr. Kau’i Baumhofer
nicolekb@hawaii.edu
Health Information Management Student must take both:
HIM 490 HIM Practicum & RHIA Exam Prep
APSC 486H Senior Project
Dr. Lynette Williamson,
RHIA, CCS, CPC, FAHIMA
lwill3@hawaii.edu
Health Professions APSC 486P Senior Project
APSC 490P Senior Practicum
Dr. Rebecca Romine
rromine@hawaii.edu
Respiratory Care APSC 486R Senior Project
APSC 490R Senior Practicum
Dr. Kristina Lu
kguo@hawaii.edu
Sustainable Community Food Systems SCFS 490 Senior Practicum Dr. Albie Miles
albie@hawaii.edu
Culinary Management
Facilities Management
Information Security and Assurance
Information Technology
APSC 486α Senior Project
APSC 490α Senior Practicum
Marnelli Joy B. Ulep
Business Division Capstone Coordinator
uhwobusa@hawaii.edu

Business Administration

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Accounting
Facilities Management
Finance
General Business Administration
Hospitality & Tourism
Management
Marketing
BUSA 486α Senior Project
BUSA 488α Senior Case Studies
BUSA 490α Administrative Practicum
Marnelli Joy B. Ulep
Business Division Capstone Coordinator
uhwobusa@hawaii.edu

Creative Media

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Communication and New Media Technology
Design and Media
Game Design and Development
General Creative Media
CM 490 Creative Media Practicum**
CM 491 Senior Project**
**Prerequisite:
CM 489 Pre-capstone Experience
Sharla Hanaoka
Director, Academy for Creative Media at UH West O‘ahu
shanaoka@hawaii.edu

Education

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Elementary Education EDEE 492, Student Teaching Seminar
EDEE 490, Student Teaching
**corequisites, that must be taken in the same semester
Dr. Stephanie Kamai, Field Experience Coordinator
shkamai@hawaii.edu
Middle Education EDEE 492, Student Teaching Seminar
EDEE 490, Student Teaching
**corequisites, that must be taken in the same semester
Dr. Cathy Ikeda, Assistant Professor
cathyi@hawaii.edu
Secondary Education EDEE 492, Student Teaching Seminar
EDEE 490, Student Teaching
**corequisites, that must be taken in the same semester
Dr. Cathy Ikeda, Assistant Professor
cathyi@hawaii.edu

Humanities

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Creative Media CM 490 Creative Media Practicum
CM 491 Senior Project
Sharla Hanaoka
Director, Academy for Creative Media at UH – West O‘ahu
shanaoka@hawaii.edu
English ENG 490 Senior Practicum
ENG 491 Senior Project
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Hawaiian Pacific Studies HPST 490 Senior Practicum
HPST 491 Senior Project
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
History HPST 490 Senior Practicum
HPST 491 Senior Project
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Mathematics MATH 491 Senior Project Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Philosophy PHIL 490 Senior Practicum
PHIL 491 Senior Project
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.

Natural Science

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Applied Mathematics NSCI 486α Senior Project
NSCI 490α Senior Practicum
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.

Public Administration

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Community Health PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Dr. Camonia Graham-Tutt
camonia@hawaii.edu
Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Dr. Jason Levy
jlevy@hawaii.edu
Health Care Administration PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Dr. Kristina Lu
kguo@hawaii.edu
General Public Administration PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Anita Tanner
atanner@hawaii.edu
Justice Administration PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Lorinda Riley
lorindar@hawaii.edu
Long-Term Care PUBA 486α Senior Project
PUBA 490α Administrative Practicum
Dr. Lisa Spencer
lisaspen@hawaii.edu

Social Sciences

Concentrations Capstone Courses * Contact
Early Childhood Education SSCI 490C Social Sciences Practicum Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Psychology SSCI 486P Senior Project Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Anthropology SSCI 486α Senior Project
SSCI 490α Social Sciences Practicum
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Economics SSCI 486α Senior Project
SSCI 490α Social Sciences Practicum
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Political Science SSCI 486α Senior Project
SSCI 490α Social Sciences Practicum
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
Sociology SSCI 486α Senior Project
SSCI 490α Social Sciences Practicum
Contact instructor for advising and registration approval override.
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