Capstone Project


This course looks at the processes that shape the coastal zone, produce coastal hazards, mitigate those hazards through engineering, impact coastal societies and economies, and influence public policy and planning to reduce vulnerabilities and risks. The capstone project is an opportunity for you to assemble and integrate this wide array of processes – and to apply modern Earth Science principles of systems thinking – into a single project.

Coastal Vulnerability Audit (CVA)

Your finished product will be a presentation-quality PowerPoint encapsulating the key concepts learned in the course relative to one coastal city. You will gather and record details about your city and submit these details as assignments when prompted at certain stages in the course.

In order to assess your understanding of the diverse multi-disciplinary components of this course, Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society, from the perspective of cutting-edge science, coastal engineering, risk assessment, public policy and environmental planning, as well as your attainment of the course goals, you will need to demonstrate mastery of key objectives. For this purpose, you will complete a Coastal Vulnerability Audit (CVA) for a coastal city chosen from the list provided. Your CVA should demonstrate your ability to apply key topics from every section and module of the course.

In order to complete the audit, you will use the Coastal Vulnerability Audit Tool (CVAT) worksheets that serve as an outline to help aid you as you develop your capstone throughout the duration of the course. As you will see, each section of the CVAT is organized hierarchically to follow the content of the course. Each week, you should make notes on the worksheets and make progress on the Capstone rather than waiting until the end of the semester to do all of it.

Complete the worksheets at the end of each Section of the course (as indicated in the table below and course calendar) and then use those notes to compile information in the CVAT PowerPoint found in the Capstone materials in this module. Finally, after Section 4 (end of Module 12), finish completing the CVAT PowerPoint by adding maps, relevant graphs and other data compiled in assessments, and illustrations. Follow the Stages 1-5 to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Project Deliverables (Stages)

Below is the complete list of tasks and deliverables you'll complete this semester related to the Capstone Project.

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Capstone Stage Downloads Submission Module Due Points
1 Download "CVAT - Coastal Vulnerabilty.pptx" PowerPoint template in Module 3 in Canvas.

Submit your city selection choices to Module 3: Capstone Project Stage 1 in Canvas.
Receive notification of city via Announcement in Canvas after Module 3.

3 1

Download “Capstone Project Stage 2 Worksheet: Physical System Audit Checklist” in Module 4 in Canvas.

Submit Stage 2 Worksheet to Module 6: Capstone Stage 2 in Canvas.

6 10

Download “Capstone Project Stage 3 Worksheet: Human System and Engineering Infrastructure” in Module 7 in Canvas.

Submit Stage 3 Worksheet to Module 9: Capstone Stage 3 in Canvas. 9 10
4 Download “Capstone Project Stage 4 Worksheet: Vulnerability Planning and Action Audit Checklist” in Module 10 in Canvas. Submit Stage 4 Worksheet to Module 12: Capstone Stage 4 in Canvas. 12 10
5 Reminder: You downloaded "CVAT - Coastal Vulnerabilty.pptx" PowerPoint template in Module 3. Submit "CVAT PowerPoint" to Module 12: Capstone Stage 5 in Canvas. 12 36

The capstone is due at the end of the course. More detail on each stage is available throughout the course.