At the end of Semester 6, the student is able to:
- On a proficient level, demonstrate academic competencies in fields or domains that constitute their profile as a new engineer.
- Demonstrate development of professional and academic skills that are relevant to their profile as a new engineer.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct a design or research project within their profile as a new engineer.
- Communicate the results of a design or research project in spoken and written form for an academic audience.
Your third year consists of two semesters of 27 ECs and 6 credits of either electives or a Personal Pursuit. Semester 6 comprises 27 credits: a Capstone Project of 15-20 credits and electives. The number of credits allocated to the Capstone Project is flexible to accommodate specific needs of students and common practices in the host research group.|
The Capstone Project is the central component of semester 6. It allows you to work on a topic aligned with your profile and to show your competences in research and/or design. The project is an individual project. You can settle on the topic and context for your capstone project yourself and then find supervisors or you can find supervisors in the area of your profile and choose a predefined project. In this latter option, the personal flavour is obviously restricted. The capstone project is an outside-of-ATLAS-project, it runs in a disciplinary group at the University Twente. Part of the Capstone Project is, thus, demonstrating your self-directed learning in adapting to the “culture” of that discipline, of that academic profile. At the same time, you bring the ATLAS engineer into the project as you are able to place the project in its scientific and societal context.
There are no specific topic requirements for the choice of electives in semester 6. There are, however, level requirements for the electives: they need to show advanced disciplinary competences in your chosen academic profile. This for example means that they cannot be introductory, broadening, or first year electives. This reasoning towards your semester 6 electives is an integral part of your PDP for semester 6.
Semester workshops and sessions
Throughout the semester there will be sessions where you develop your academic profile, develop the relevance of your project to the real world (scientific and societal context), develop your PDP, develop your project proposal & plan, report writing, etc. Through these sessions, you work together on your individual projects: being each other’s audience, giving each other feedback on PDPs, presentations, etc.
Evaluation domain / elective courses
The outcome of the Capstone assessment will be a completed capstone assessment form, that includes written feedback and an overall assessment (excellent, or very good, or good, or sufficient, or insufficient).
The outcome of non-ATLAS electives will be the grade given by the original examiner of that elective.