Course Capstone Project and Assessment: Coastal Vulnerability Audit
The Fall 2017 Penn State section will NOT be using the content for the Course Capstone Project from this page. Rather, Capstone Project directions for this section will be posted in Canvas.
At this juncture, you should be well into your vulnerability audit and should be nearing the end of your data collection phase. We are 3/4 of the way through the course modules, and it is important that you do a self assessment of your progress so that you are setting yourself up for success to complete the capstone project in the next few weeks. Below, we use the same approach as we did at Stage 2, applying both the CVAT and systems thinking.
You will need to use this tool weekly to guide your data collection and organize your ideas and research information as you prepare your Google Earth audio-annotated tour.
|Stage 1||Capstone Overview – Ready, Set, Go|
|Stage 2||Physical System Assessment|
|Stage 3||Vulnerability Planning & Action|
|Stage 4a||Vulnerability, Planning & Action|
|Stage 4b||Site Specific Concerns or Considerations|
|Stage 4c||Recommended Resiliency Action Plans|
|Stage 4d||References and Key Resources|
CVAT Self Assessment: Where do you stand?
Given the listed stages above, at this point:
- you should have significantly advanced your research and data compilation, adding to previous sections;
- in addition, you should have initiated research and data compilation in the highlighted sections. This includes new work on Stage 3;
- your digital portfolio (PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.) should be significantly advanced. It should contain additional data, visuals, and concepts from earlier assignments;
- your Google Earth “My Places” folder should be advanced and nearing completion. You will have started development of your “Rough Draft“ Tour and especially your talking script;
- you should evaluate your list of questions about your site and ensure you are confident that you have answered them.
Remember, DO NOT give one-word responses as you fill in the CVAT. Think deeply about each response and write responses that reflect that depth of thought as informed by your research.
Capstone Stage 3 Plan
Again, we want you to think about and evaluate your progress is through systems thinking. The two-part diagram below is designed to help you think about the elements of your city's landscape that are most at risk for your city, as well as the range of natural and engineered defense options used to mitigate the impacts of coastal hazards. Download an animated PowerPoint version of this diagram here; view it in Slide Show mode to step through the steps in the plan.
Work through the five steps, starting with F2, on a separate sheet of paper. Write a paragraph that explains how the coastal setting affects people, infrastructure, resources, and more. Do the same for G2 through J2. Discuss relationships among the various components of the systems, specifying the nature of the relationships.