Welcome to the CS capstone course!

Course Goals

Note that you must complete your e-portfolio in taskstream (artifacts and reflections for every area including the ICC and CLA) to pass this course.

These items must also be completed before you can graduate.

There is no class on Wednesday November 6. Instead we will attend the ithaca Web People meet-up on Tuesday, 5 November, at 5:30 at the Foundary (416 State Street)


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Transfer students: if you have received an Associate Degree your ICC and CLA requirements are complete. You do have to complete the e-Portfolio, however, including uploading all artifacts and writing all reflections including the ICC and CLA reflections. You will have to retrieve artifacts (papers, project reports, etc.) from your community college courses.

Required event!

The class will be attending a meeting of Ithaca Web Developers on Tuesday, 5 November, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Funkhaus, 416 E State St. Suite 101 ยท Ithaca, NY. See https://www.meetup.com/ithaca-web-people/?_cookie-check=Ha5TUQ0Lprud03dM

Job opportunity at Raytheon! See jobs.raytheon.com and search for job requisition 139811BR (Massachusetts locations Tewksbury, Woburn and Marlboro) or job requisition 145727BR (Portsmouth RI location)

Instructions for setting a reviewer in Taskstream are here

Generic portfolio summary form is here. Portfolio summary documents folder is here.

ICC Assessment Rubrics

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Coming up...

  • As of Thursday, 14 November, I've checked all requirements (except the ICC essay and the CLA) for the portfolio and made comments on your Google Sheet. Please check this out; you must complete the portfolio to pass this course.
  • Reflective exercise 4 is due on Nov 20. This is the last reflective exercise; there is no reflective exercise 5. Reflective exercise 4 will be used for your ICC essay for your portfolio.
  • Don't forget that for those of you who started in 2016 must add an artifact and reflection for your academic writing course to the portfolio.
  • Remeber that you must complete the CLA portion of your portfolio. See the instructions below. We will discuss this after break.
  • See the syllabus for guest speakers the rest of the semester


To complete your portfolio, you must complete the CLA section of the portfolio. Like other items, you must add an artifact (e.g., a paper from the course) and two reflections (on the learning objectives and your theme).

The objectives of the CLA are either:

A) Analyze - apply concepts, theories, methods or skills to analyze new questions or complex problems; or

B) Synthesize - address a topic, issue, problem area, or human challenge using a combination of concepts, theories, and/or methods from multiple perspectives or fields of study.

To complete the CLA portion of your portfolio you must:

  1. Provide one or more artifacts from your CLA which best exemplifies your ability to meet the CLA learning objectives.
  2. Complete the "ICC Form for CLA" that includes two reflections that address the following questions:
    • Based on the courses you used to complete your CLA, how have you been able to meet one of the CLA learning objectives? This reflection must be between 200 and 400 words long.
    • How does this artifact(s) show your achievement of CLA learning outcomes? This reflection must be between 250 and 500 words long.
  3. You must also provide both of these (they're listed under the second reflection in the ICC Form for CLA):
    1. the assignment from your instructor which led to the creation of your artifact or an explanation of what it was; and
    2. a description of why you think this artifact is the best example of your ability to analyze or synthesize, in order to meet the CLA objective A or B. (250-500 words)

Past Items

  • There will no class on Wednesday, 6 November. Instead there is a required meeting on Tuesday, 5 November, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Ithaca Web People meeting.
  • Reflective Exercise 3 is due on Wednesday, 30 October.
  • Reflective Exercise 2 is due on Wednesday, 16 October.
  • Send me your gmail account name by Wednesday, 11 September. I will give you access to a google sheets document that details the parts of your portfolio. Please complete the administrative information on the form and fill in as much of the form as you can by Wednesday, 11 September.
  • Reflective exercise 1 is due on Monday, 17 September.
  • Required event!

    A Raytheon recruiter will be talking on Wednesday, 5 Sept, at 4:00pm in Williams 30x.