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Tips for writing a winning Capstone Projects

When you reach final year of degree course, you are asked to either write a thesis or a Capstone project in order to clear your academic year. Might be you thought of making an excuse, or giving some false reason to your teacher, but trust me whatever you think; it will never work out in this case. You need to submit the capstone projects in any case to receive your degree.

Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects

Capstone projects are designed to help students think critically on the provided subject matter and make them proficient to take challenges. The main objective of this project is to help students apply their theoretical knowledge in practical world. This is the reason it is important in all degree programs. But most students are unaware about the structure, requirement and content in the capstone project, therefore they struggle hard to search the correct format through internet, books and magazines. But every time you look for different mediums, you end up discovering variable information for writing a capstone project. So, after researching number of online sites, forms, books, article and consulting with teachers in colleges and universities; our team is able to accumulate tips for writing a winning capstone projects. Before you initiate your work, just go through mentioned points.

Starting with a capstone project

Before starting with capstone project, it is important to make all the pre-requisites in order to generate a unique capstone project. At first, collecting all the research projects, assignments, papers, essays or any other academic materials is important. All your earlier academic work will serve raw material for writing capstone project. Secondly choosing a likeable, engaging and interesting topic is another essential step in writing capstone project. Some colleges allow to select a topic on your own whereas in others, your teachers will provide you the topic. In both these cases, be sure that you work on the subject that interest you. Thirdly, be sure to collect references and materials from books, articles, journals etc.

Moreover, you cannot start writing a capstone project just after receiving the topic. If the topic is provided to you by your teacher you don’t need to get it approved but if you have selected the topic on your own, you need to get it agreed by the respective teacher. Once the topic is approved, then you need to invest sometime in drafting Capstone Proposal. This proposal is just an overview of the entire project. It contains introduction, theories, hypothesis, literature review, methodology, etc. To get detail information of capstone proposal visit: Though this is the basic provided format for writing capstone proposal, but again don’t forget that your university might ask you to add or remove some of the mentioned points. So, first confirm the format of capstone proposal with your teacher, draft it and then get it approved from your professor. After this step, you can now begin working with your capstone project.

You might be wondering, “What is the necessary for drafting capstone proposal when capstone project is our main goal”? We have presented this question to a university professors and they replied back to us explaining that designing capstone proposal provides direction to students to begin their capstone project. Capstone proposal is just like rudder of your capstone project that will guide you in every step preventing you from getting into wrong direction.

Format of capstone project

This is the most complicated section for students who are working with this project for the first time. The more sites you browse, the more variability in the format you obtain. Here we have introduced a basic format for writing a capstone project. Depending on the requirement of your university, you might be asked to add some sections in your work. Also the format of your capstone project may vary depending on the problem you addressed and your research paradigm. Therefore the basic five sections of your capstone project includes: Introduction, literature review, methodology, results and conclusion or discussion.

Format of capstone project

Format of capstone project

Introduction: Introduction is a basic yet an important part of every project, but specifically in this section of capstone project, students need to write about the research problem, their approach, advantages and hence share their ideas on the selected topic.

Literature review: This section includes a brief description of the past information and researches that had been conducted on the topic. Therefore, you need to mention about the earlier researches on the subject, compare them and provide your analysis on all the prior findings.

Methodology: The description of entire research is included in this section. The sources of data, method used for data collection, reliability issues etc. are all the parts of this section. Basically the entire information about the topic and methods adapted for the research need to be explained in this section.

Results: It includes description and synthesis of data collected in the research work. Hence, you need to provide answer to each of the questions proposed in the beginning of the capstone project.

Conclusion: Starting and ending are important in any capstone project. This is the reason conclusion must be interestingly framed. Analysis, future recommendations and limitations makes the conclusion attention grabbing.

Other sections that varies from one university to another are: acknowledgement, abstract, figures, table of contents, appendices, references etc. Depending on your college, you can add some sections to construct winning capstone projects. Also your capstone project can be of different types: case studies, surveys, group, research based and lot more. So, this also affects overall format of a capstone project.

Points to be remembered before beginning the capstone project

  • Capstone project is more or less like a thesis, so it helps to tell the reader what you have learned in your entire graduation and also allows you bring theoretical ideas into practical use.
  • It is lengthy with approximate of 45 pages along with proper referencing and sources.
  • Writing capstone project is time-consuming.
  • Do everything systematically.
  • Choose correct referencing style; MLA, APA, Chicago, IEEE etc. as given by your college.
  • Make it engaging.
  • Rechecking, organizing and correctly writing the final project.

Common mistakes that students make

  • Doing it in short time period.
  • Copying from elsewhere.
  • Too much of unwanted and unnecessary information.
  • Scattered and disorganized work.
  • Unable to do proper analysis.
  • Grammatical errors.


To write proper, well-formatted and accurate capstone project, it is important to follow guidelines given by your teachers. You need to work harder to collect and analyze all the information. Once the project is completed, make sure to proofread it and hence correct any error if present. Following all the above mentioned tips will help you design a winning capstone projects.

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