I'm in the process of re-designing a culminating project for our EE masters degree. We want students to have the option of doing project-based work that serves as a synthesis of their knowledge and provides them a professional "product." Our students come from a diversity of backgrounds and have a variety of professional goals and needs, so I'm not looking to (necessarily) identify potential projects. Instead I'm trying to get my head around how we could assess final projects. I need help with the following, and if you have any resources you could share I'd be grateful:
1. what are the major outcomes that a culminating project should achieve?
2. Are there rubrics or other assessment tools that you'd suggest I look at for evaluating project-based work?
3. What parameters should I put around the projects that people can do??
4. How can I ensure that the project is rigorous enough to be "equal to " a master's thesis?
I'm struggling and would welcome any suggestions. THANK YOU!