This capstone course concludes with a research-based Course Project that starts during the first week of the session and continues throughout the duration of the course. It culminates with the submission of a formal, written report in Week 7. In addition to the final outcomes, students will also conduct a peer evaluation of another student’s project in order to provide feedback that enhances the work in a collaborative environment.
For the project, each student will identify and explore an emerging technology. This will be a technology that may already exist but is drawing attention because of new applications, anticipated impacts, or potential controversies. Examples could include, but are in no way limited to, the following subjects.
Genetically modified organisms
Remote or robotic surgery
The student will address the historical, social, cultural, moral, and ethical issues presented by their selected technology.
The primary focus of this assignment is for the student to research and assess the issues associated with a specific emerging technology. It requires that students submit an APA-formatted, 10-page paper during Week 7 of the session. Students will also conduct a peer evaluation of another student’s work and must prepare a 5- to 10-page presentation communicating their thoughts on the work. Details on this assignment are discussed below, and detailed grading rubrics can be found on this LAS432 Course Project Details document.