In order to demonstrate mastery and application of the course material, students will complete a final project of their own design that will bring together the topics of the course in an interpretive way.


Students are encouraged to choose a topic that fits their interests, their personality, and their abilities, and to apply a multidisciplinary approach from the perspective of their choice (scientific, historical, political, philosophical, etc.).  The goal is for you to engage with the material in a personally meaningful way.


You are limited only by your imagination and preferred means of self-expression. Be creative!  Some examples for a final project might be: writing a research paper in the format of a peer-reviewed publication, conducting a scientific study of your own design, developing a game (board game, video game, etc.), creating artwork, theater, music, interpretive dance, a museum display, etc.


Required steps:

  1. choose a course-related topic that particularly interests you
  2. submit a proposal for your project by November 1st, in which you
    1. briefly describe the topic
    2. describe what you intend to do with the topic
    3. describe what the end project would possibly look like
  3. complete the project itself
  4. share the project with the class (virtually) and/or the MassBay STEM Expo* (also virtually) during the last week of classes
    1. for students in BI 102 (the remote section): you have the option of presenting your project to the class during our remote session on Tuesday, and/or creating a short video to be posted to our course Blackboard site or STEM Expo site
    2. for students in BI 101 or BI 120 (the asynchronous sections): you will need to create a short video of your project to share with the class (either on Blackboard or the STEM Expo)
    3. You will be given assistance in the creation and uploading of your video, as needed.
  5. complete a 2-3 page reflection paper, discussing what you learned from doing the project
  6. submit a bibliography (a minimum of four sources, at least one of which is a primary source)
    1. For information regarding primary and secondary sources, please visit the MassBay Libraries’ LibGuide on Types of Sources: Primary and Secondary.
    2. References should be formatted in APA style.

*The MassBay STEM Expo is a biannual event (held during the last week of classes each semester) that recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of our students and faculty at Massachusetts Bay Community College in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The event seeks to cultivate creativity and foster alliances with secondary schools, higher education, and private industry in the region.  Exhibits highlight student-developed projects that demonstrate the multi-dimensional skills, problem-solving capabilities, talents, and diverse community among our students at MassBay.


Grading Criteria for the Final Project: The following rubric details the grading criteria for the final project.

Grading Rubric for Final Project

Criteria Superior Competent Needs Improvement
Proposal Proposal was submitted on time, includes sufficient detail to clearly describe the topic and project Proposal was submitted on time, includes mostly sufficient details to describe the topic and project Proposal was submitted after the deadline, and/or contains insufficient details so that topic and project are not understandable
Project Fully satisfies project requirements Mostly satisfies project requirements Barely satisfies project requirements
Presentation of project to the class/STEM Expo Topic is clearly presented and explained Topic is presented mostly clearly Presentation lacks clarity
Reflection paper Reflection paper is 2-3 pages in length and thoughtfully describes what you learned by doing the project Reflection paper is 2-3 pages long but the description of what you learned by doing the project is impersonal and lacking in detail Reflection paper is less than 2 pages and/or does not really explain what you learned by doing the project
Bibliography Bibliography contains a minimum of four sources, at least one of which is a primary source, and the proper format is used (APA) Bibliography contains a minimum of four sources, but none are a primary source, or the proper format is not used Bibliography contains less than four sources


Asynchronous Class/STEM Expo Presentation:

If you are a student in an asynchronous class (BI 101, BI 120), or have chosen to present your project at the STEM Expo, you will need to create a video describing your project so you can share it with your class.  The video should be under 3 minutes long. Things to include:

  • Brief introduction to the project: why you selected the topic and how it satisfies project requirements
  • Any visual aids to help describe your project
  • Project description