How is the final project developed and approved?
Prior to undertaking the final project, the student must submit a formal proposal for the final project to the SDM Advisory Board and must receive approval of the proposal before registration. At that time, the student must also submit the name of a second reader or evaluator of the final project. (The student must select the latter from outside the department of the course instructor and may, with Advisory Board approval, select this person from outside the College.) The description should be approximately six pages; must describe the final project clearly and precisely, including methodology, purpose, and goal; and present a preliminary annotated bibliography. If the SDM Advisory Board has not received the final project proposal prior to the student's registration in the course, the student's program will be in jeopardy and may be canceled. Both advisers to the project must submit comments on the proposal when the student submits the final copy of the proposal to the SDM Program Director. In addition to the evaluation of final projects by the faculty sponsors, the SDM Program Director reviews each completed project to confirm that the project fulfills the plan approved by the SDM Advisory Board.
It is strongly recommended that in the fall term of senior year SDM students enroll in a one credit course designed to assist the student to write the final project proposal including the annotated bibliography and to gather all readings and other pertinent material required for the spring semester ID 372 Final Project. The student is responsible for submitting copies of the completed final project to his or her readers no later than two weeks prior to the end of classes during the term of study in which he or she is registered to complete the project. The readers must then submit their comments and evaluations to the SDM Advisory Board by the beginning of the final examination week for the term.