DULA DAOM Capstone Process: Step-by-Step Manual

General Information

The Capstone Project serves as the final assessment of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) student at Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA). The DAOM student must demonstrate the critical thinking and analysis skills they have learned in the DAOM program. The approval of the student’s Capstone Project by the Capstone Committee and publication of the approved project is required for graduation from the DAOM program.

This manual will provide a general timeline to when the DAOM student should complete certain milestones.

Capstone Proposal Process

1st Quarter

  1. Register for DPD 723A - Professional Capstone Development: Formative I
  2. By the end of 4th Week of the academic quarter, the student must decide on a topic for their final Capstone project.

Please note: the entire Capstone Project takes an average of a year to complete, so the student must choose a topic they are willing to research and analyze for an extended period of time. It is strongly advised to not change your topic after the Capstone Committee has approved your proposal. If you wish to change your topic, then you will be required to do another Capstone Proposal Presentation.

  • All of the students’ topics are presented to the Capstone Committee members:
    • DULA President: Dr. Seung Deok Lee
    • Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of DAOM: Dr. Yae Chang
    • DAOM Faculty Member: Dr. Qiwei Zheng
  • The Capstone Committee will assign students to mentors based on their topics.
  • The mentors will sign a Mentorship Agreement Form with the student (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator).
  1. The student should meet with their mentor at least once (1) during the 1st Quarter after performing a boolean search on their topic, and begin to fill out the Capstone Proposal Progress Report (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator). The progress report should be completed within the second quarter.

Please note: Meetings with mentors should take an average of 15-20 minutes, so please be prepared before meeting with mentors.

  1. During the first meeting, the student should consult with their mentor regarding their topic, purpose, and references. Afterward, the student should be able to write their first draft of their written proposal over the course of the remaining quarter.

2nd Quarter

  1. Register for DPD 723B - Professional Capstone Development: Formative II. DPD723A is a prerequisite for this class.
  2. The student will continue meeting (2nd time) with their mentor and preparing their Capstone Proposal and Capstone Proposal Presentation. This is to discuss improvements or alterations to their written proposal.
  3. The Capstone Proposal should be finalized and presented by the end of the DPD 723B class before being presented to the DAOM Capstone Committee.

Please note: You will have 10 minutes to present your proposal with an extra 5 minutes for questions and suggestions from the students and class instructor, so please plan accordingly. This is to prepare the student during the Capstone Presentation with the DAOM Capstone Committee.

  1. Before the end of 8th week of the academic quarter, the student must meet (3rd time) their mentor for their final meeting before the Capstone Proposal Presentation with DAOM Capstone Committee, and finalize any revision needed in the written proposal as well as the presentation.
    1. Before concluding the meeting, the student must sign the Capstone Presentation Registration Form (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator). This signed form should then be submitted to the DAOM Coordinator along with the student’s Capstone Proposal Progress Report.
    2. The Capstone Proposal Materials should be sent to [email protected]:
      1. A written proposal in PDF format
      2. A powerpoint presentation in ppt format
  2. The deadline to turn in the Capstone Proposal Materials is the Monday of 10th week of the academic quarter.
  3. Capstone Presentations will be held on Friday of the 10th Week of the academic quarter in the 4th Floor Conference Room (Room 401). Presentations times will be announced earlier in the quarter by the DAOM Coordinator.

Please note: You will have 10 minutes to present your proposal with an extra 5 minutes for questions and suggestions from the Capstone Committee members, so please plan accordingly. The students who are presenting their Capstone Project will present before the students who are presenting their Capstone Proposals.

  1. The Capstone Committee will deliberate the following week, and the student will receive the results of their proposal shortly after.
    1. Type of Results:
      1. DAOM Capstone Committee holds a full right and liberate for the decision of the students’ Capstone Proposal as “Full Acceptance”, “Conditional Acceptance” and/or “No Acceptance”.
      2. If the student receives a “Full Acceptance,” the student may proceed to begin their Capstone Project.
      3. If the student receives a “Conditional Acceptance,” he/she are not authorized to begin their Capstone Project until they have revised their proposal to adhere to the Capstone Committee’s standards and suggestions.
        1. Upon receiving a “Conditional Acceptance”, the student will have two weeks to meet with their mentor and revise their proposal. Students who receive a “Conditional Acceptance” are not required to re-do their oral presentation. The evaluation will be mainly from their written portion.
        2. The proposal is then re-evaluated by the Capstone Committee, and the DAOM Coordinator will email the results shortly after.
        3. If the student receives the following results:
          1. “Full Acceptance” - the student is now authorized to begin their Capstone project.
          2. “Conditional Acceptance” - the student is still not authorized to begin their Capstone project. If the student fills out the Capstone Proposal Extension Petition Form (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator) and the form is accepted by the DAOM Administration, then the student is granted an additional two weeks to revise their proposal.
            1. From this point, the student will either receive “Full Acceptance” or “No Acceptance.”
          3. “No Acceptance” - the student is not authorized to begin their Capstone project and must retake DPD723A and DPD723B. Please note: choosing a new topic is advised.

Capstone Project Process

3rd Quarter

  1. Register for DPD 823A - Professional Capstone Development: summative I. DPD723A and DPD723B are prerequisites for this course.
  2. Throughout the quarter, the student and mentor should plan to meet a minimum of 5 times and begin filling out the Capstone Project Progress Report (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator).
  3. By the end of the quarter, the student should have completed the first draft of their final written project.

4th Quarter

  1. Register for DPD 823B - Professional Capstone Development: summative I. DPD723A, DPD723B, and DPD823A are prerequisites for this course.
  2. Students will be given the period for three (3) academic quarters, beginning when they register on this course, in which that by the end of third quarters, the final capstone project should be completed, accepted and approved by the DAOM Capstone committee. If the students fail to complete and get the approval for their final project, students will need to re-enroll in this course again, otherwise the students will still be considered as “Incomplete” for this course. 
  3. By the end of the 2nd quarter, the student should be finished with their Capstone Project and be prepared to present their project and oral defense. An additional of one (1) quarter will be given to the students if they have not completed with their Capstone Project by the end of the 2nd quarter.
  4. The student should meet with their mentor at least four (4) times before the end of 8th week of the academic quarter to finalize their written project as well as their presentation.

Please note: the student will have 15 minutes to present their final Capstone Project with an additional 5 minutes for questions from the Capstone Committee. The students who are presenting their Capstone Project will present before the students who are presenting their Capstone Proposals.

  1. Before concluding the meeting, the student must sign the Capstone Presentation Registration Form (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator). This signed form should then be submitted to the DAOM Coordinator along with the student’s Capstone Project Progress Report.
  2. The Capstone Project Materials should be sent to [email protected]:
    • A written proposal in PDF format
    • A powerpoint presentation in ppt format
  3. The deadline to turn in the Capstone Project Materials is the Monday of the 10th week of the academic quarter.
  4. Capstone Presentations will be held on Friday of the 10th Week of the academic quarter in the 4th Floor of Conference Room (Room 401). Presentations times will be announced earlier in the quarter by the DAOM Coordinator.
  • Type of Results:
    1. DAOM Capstone Committee holds a full right and liberate for the decision of the students’ Capstone Project as “Full Acceptance”, “Conditional Acceptance” and/or “No Acceptance”.
    2. If the student receives a “Full Acceptance,” the student may proceed to send their Capstone Project to the printer. Please refer to the Printing Process section.
    3. If the student receives a “Conditional Acceptance,” he/she are not authorized to print their Capstone Project until they have revised their project to adhere to the Capstone Committee’s standards and suggestions.
      1. Upon receiving a “Conditional Acceptance,” the student will have two weeks to meet with their mentor and revise their project.
      2. Students who receive a “Conditional Acceptance” are not required to re-do their oral presentation. The evaluation will be mainly from their written portion.
      3. The project is then re-evaluated by the Capstone Committee, and the DAOM Coordinator will email the results shortly after.
      4. If the student receives the following results:
        1. “Full Acceptance” - the student is now authorized to print their Capstone project.
        2. “Conditional Acceptance” - the student is still not authorized to print their Capstone project. If the student fills out  the Capstone Project Extension Petition Form (A physical copy of this form may also be requested from DAOM Coordinator)  and the form is accepted by the DAOM Administration, then the student is granted an additional two weeks to revise their proposal.
          1. From this point, the student will either receive “Full Acceptance” or “No Acceptance.”
        3. “No Acceptance” - the student is not authorized to print their Capstone project and must retake DPD823A and DPD823B.
  1. The Capstone Committee will deliberate the following week, and the student will receive the results of their project shortly after.

The Printing Process

The student may proceed to print their Capstone Project when granted “Full Acceptance” by the DAOM Capstone Committee. Printed copies of the final project are one of the requirements to graduate from the DAOM program. A total of five (5) copies must be printed. Three (3) copies will be given to the DAOM Administration, and two (2) copies will be kept by the student.

The recommended printer information is as follows:

Good Copy

Email: copy>@yahoo.com

Address: 1001 South Vermont Ave #203, Los Angeles, CA, 90006

Phone Number: (213) 385-7939

Upon receiving the printed copies of the student’s final Capstone Project, the DAOM Administration will send a notification the student has successfully completed their Capstone Project.

Please also read the DULA Capstone Research Manual (click here).

For more information, please consult with DAOM Coordinator ([email protected])