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TESC Liberal Arts Capstone Review
#1
I just finished the Liberal Arts Capstone at TESC. I took it with Dr. Andrew Tomko in the August, 2013 term, and got a 100. I like research and writing so I found this course enjoyable and ended up with a paper over twice as long as required. One thing I found useful at the beginning was looking at other people's papers to get an idea of what the professor was looking for, I got Westerner's, and links to mine are at the bottom. Hopefully you will find them useful. The only thing I would change in the final version would be to eliminate some of the repetition from the introductions to the chapters.

Dr. Tomko was helpful, but this class is supposed to be your own project. If you do a good job and follow the format correctly, you will get a 100. The one thing I would do differently would be to send in drafts of the assignments before actually submitting them for grading. One reason to do this was that Dr. Tomko at least, wanted some things done differently than a strict reading of the manual and APA style would require. This ended up with me getting a 90 on the final paper, but when I changed some things and resubmitted he adjusted the grade.

Here are the two things that he wanted different than the official style:
  • For print works, he wanted a page number on every in-test citation, rather than just for directly quotes like I think the APA requires.
  • For the final paper, the manual sounds like you just combine all five chapters. He had me drop the methodology chapter, as it didn't really apply to a history paper, move the references to the end and remove the annotations.

Hopefully this review will be helpful to someone, please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Final Paper
Goal - BA in History at Thomas Edison State College

Taking War and American Society and Liberal Arts Capstone at in August semester.

Information Systems and Computer Applications - 66
English Composition with Essay - 56
Freshman College Composition - 68
Analizing and Interpreting Literature - 67
Civil War and Reconstruction DSST
Vietnam War DSST
Intro to World Religions DSST - 470
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union DSST
Western Europe since 1954 CLEP
Sociology DSST
Social Sciences and History CLEP
Sociology CLEP
et. al.
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#2
It also depends on the mentor's preferences. I am on Module Three with Dr. Haydel as my mentor. She is the creator of the capstone course for TESC, and she does require you to strictly follow APA guidelines. Beyond that, she is great to have as a mentor! When I made the mistake of submitting my last assignment without the Annotated Bibliography, she allowed me to go back and cook one up so she could adjust the grade, which she did once I submitted it. I got an 89 on the assignment for a few grammar errors. I guess I have a habit of still personalizing my writing, whereas I need to be abstract.
A.A. General Studies- TESC, 2013
B.A. History, TESC, 2014 - Arnold Fletcher Award - 4.0 GPA
M.A. Government, Security Studies - Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2018.


Straighterline - 26 courses, including English Comp. I & II, Western Civilization I & II, U.S. History I & II, Intro. to Sociology, Intro to Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Science, Science of Nutrition, Business Law, Financial Accounting, etc.

ALEKS: Intermediate Algebra

CLEP: Humanities 56, Social Sciences and History 58

FEMA: 6 credits

DSST: Civil War and Reconstruction 71, Introduction to Vietnam War 69, Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 64, Modern Middle East 71.

TESC courses: War and American Society (A), Liberal Arts Capstone (A).

120/120! I'm there!


"Another day has passed and I didn't use Algebra once."
" Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
#3
Bump!! Just discovered this thread! Thanks a million for sharing these amazing secrets hornj and corpsole2! I have been searching for some practical tips on the Capstone course for a long time as have several others it seems. Hopefully this bump will bring these relevant tips and information to where it can help others. Wish stuff like this could be a sticky. Smile
#4
Wow, it seems like an eternity has gone by since I wrote this, or was "struggling" through that course! I look back fondly at those times, albeit a bit wistfully.

I am glad this is helping you out. The capstone challenges you in new ways, but you will find it fulfilling.
A.A. General Studies- TESC, 2013
B.A. History, TESC, 2014 - Arnold Fletcher Award - 4.0 GPA
M.A. Government, Security Studies - Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2018.


Straighterline - 26 courses, including English Comp. I & II, Western Civilization I & II, U.S. History I & II, Intro. to Sociology, Intro to Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Science, Science of Nutrition, Business Law, Financial Accounting, etc.

ALEKS: Intermediate Algebra

CLEP: Humanities 56, Social Sciences and History 58

FEMA: 6 credits

DSST: Civil War and Reconstruction 71, Introduction to Vietnam War 69, Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 64, Modern Middle East 71.

TESC courses: War and American Society (A), Liberal Arts Capstone (A).

120/120! I'm there!


"Another day has passed and I didn't use Algebra once."
" Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
#5
Did you get all of the books mentioned in the syllabus Corpsole2? Or would any thesis writing book that is for the correct writing style work fine? Did you get someone to help with editing to be sure you didn't miss anything or did you just follow the guidelines super closely?
#6
I am nearing the end of my capstone and I got both books and have used both of them (and if I had used the books more I wouldn't have slipped up on my chapter 2 formatting!), I would imagine that any book that covers the correct style for your paper would have the same information. I have read that some professors don't stick exactly to the style but then that it is independent of whichever book you have.
B.A. Liberal Studies (Completed: 2015) - Thomas Edison State College
#7
Thanks for the feedback mog538! I'm really hoping I'll be able see a few more sample projects before I take the plunge to start this class. The one by Corpsole2 has been very helpful so far!
#8
I only got one book for the entire course. It wasn't as helpful to me as the completed thesis of another student. Once I saw how it was laid out, then it became crystal clear what was expected of me.
A.A. General Studies- TESC, 2013
B.A. History, TESC, 2014 - Arnold Fletcher Award - 4.0 GPA
M.A. Government, Security Studies - Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2018.


Straighterline - 26 courses, including English Comp. I & II, Western Civilization I & II, U.S. History I & II, Intro. to Sociology, Intro to Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Science, Science of Nutrition, Business Law, Financial Accounting, etc.

ALEKS: Intermediate Algebra

CLEP: Humanities 56, Social Sciences and History 58

FEMA: 6 credits

DSST: Civil War and Reconstruction 71, Introduction to Vietnam War 69, Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 64, Modern Middle East 71.

TESC courses: War and American Society (A), Liberal Arts Capstone (A).

120/120! I'm there!


"Another day has passed and I didn't use Algebra once."
" Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
#9
cypster Wrote:Did you get all of the books mentioned in the syllabus Corpsole2? Or would any thesis writing book that is for the correct writing style work fine? Did you get someone to help with editing to be sure you didn't miss anything or did you just follow the guidelines super closely?
I was able to borrow both books from a student who'd taken the course before. The "Writing the Winning Thesis" was good and helpful. You only use a couple chapters of the other one, though, so I wouldn't buy it. You might even be able to make do with the Purdue Owl website and similar sites that explain how to cite correctly.
BA History 2014 - TESC

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CLEP: A&I Lit 74 ~ Am Lit 73 ~ Eng Lit 72 ~ Humanities 75 ~ College Math 77 ~ Western Civ I 63 ~ Western Civ II 69 ~ Natural Sci 64 ~ US History I 76 ~ US History II 69 ~ Sociology 68 ~ Am Gov 69 ~ Social Sci & Hist 71 ~ College Comp 61 ~ Marketing 70 ~ Management 66 ~ Psychology 67

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