Capstone Project in Translational Research

Course Description:

Capstone Project in Translational Research is a vehicle for learning to integrate knowledge and an opportunity to demonstrate new skills and competencies that are core-learning outcomes for the Masters in Health Science in Translational Research. This is an Experiential Learning course where students are guided in the development of their own project ideas and supported by the TRP teaching team and a committee of external advisors. The project course provides opportunities to network and develop professional contacts through student-initiated activities such as interviews, engaging contacts as mentors, and committee members and collaborators. Through capstone projects students gain skills and competencies to navigate ambiguity and deal with setbacks in real-world contexts. The Capstone Project in Translational Research is a vehicle for learning to integrate knowledge and an opportunity to demonstrate new skills and competencies that are core-learning outcomes for the Masters in Health Science in Translational Research. This is an Experiential Learning course where students are guided in the development of their own project ideas and supported by the TRP teaching team and a committee of external advisors. The project course provides opportunities to network and develop professional contacts through student-initiated activities such as interviews, engaging contacts as mentors, and committee members and collaborators. Through capstone projects students gain skills and competencies (Learning outcomes outlined below) to navigate ambiguity and deal with setbacks in real-world contexts. Translation spans a wide range of practices, from discovery science and clinical investigation to knowledge translation, commercialization and implementation, students may focus on a range of activities along the translational pathway. The projects must be novel, collaborative, focus on a specific unmet health science need, allow students opportunities to demonstrate program competencies, and may contribute to i) practice; 2) research (or scholarship); 3) implementation, and; 4) leadership in translational research or practice.

Learning Objectives:

In order to successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate the following competencies: Adaptability (open mindedness, to be open to new initiatives), Adaptability (open mindedness, ability to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty), Problem Solving (ability to discover, identify and assess problems, ability to pivot), Critical Thinking (ability to locate, assess, organize, analyze and synthesize the information), Effective Communication (ability to listen, ask pertinent questions, ask for and accept feedback, communicate ideas clearly and effectively), Initiative (ability to assess and take initiative independently, to champion new ideas, shows resourcefulness and effort), Leadership (ability to provide direction, encourage others, implement and monitors the plan of action, plan and manage time and resources), Continuous Learning (ability to learn from experiences, to identify personal strengths and areas for growth, to identify learning opportunities), Managing and Resolving Conflicts (capacity to negotiate effectively to resolve conflicts), Assessing and Managing Risk (ability to establish, implement and monitor progress and contingencies and to moderate uncertainty), Integrity (demonstrates honesty, integrity, personal and professional ethics, accountability and social responsibility), Relationship management (ability to establish and maintain professional networks, shows respect for others and alternative points of view), and Team Collaboration (accepts and provides feedback, shares information, work and expertise, contributes actively and effectively)

FCE Weight:

2.0 FCE

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