Welcome to CS 4960, Seminar in Computer Science
Presentation and discussion of
selected topics in computer science from current literature.
- To explore aspects of computer science beyond what you have
encountered in your previous course work,
- To benefit from similar research done by your fellow students,
- To present an important body of work in both written and oral
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Welcome to CS 4960!
|Tuesday office hours changed to
10:30 - 12 noon (afternoon hours available by appointment).
Instructor: Dr. Melanie Martin
Tuesday 10:30 to 12:00
Wednesday 3:00 to 4:00
and by appointment.
Best way to contact Dr. Martin:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Please put "CS4960" in the subject
line of the email.
standing and consent of the instructor. (This course is for senior
Computer Science majors.)
Warning: I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus
time during the term by announcing them in class and on my web page.
Grading and Policies
- Accept a presentation date assigned by the instructor at the
beginning of the semester.
- Choose a computer science topic to research and present to an
audience. The audience will include, but not be limited to, the other
members of the class.
- The topic must have significant scholarly, as
opposed to merely technological, content.
- The research must draw on multiple sources, and
embody concepts that may be expected to endure beyond any particular
- Propose the topic to the instructor (e-mail). The proposal must
specify multiple reliable sources (at least two) from which you intend
to draw. Include full citations in bibliograpic form: for details about
the required form for citations see "Your List of References"
and "When You Make Direct Use of a Source" below. Your proposal
must also describe the nature of the scholarly content you
will include in your presentation.
- To pass the course, you must turn in a satisfactory
proposal. You must get the instructor's formal approval of the
proposal by working out an agreement with the instructor. Your
presentation must correspond to the agreed-upon proposal.
- Create a balanced and unbiased written report on your topic.
Base it on a variety of solid sources, including the ones you listed in
your approved proposal. Synthesize and summarize the knowledge you
gained from the research. Infuse the exposition of the report with
freshness and originality. The report must tell what you
learned about the subject matter - what you think, feel, and wonder
about it. What interesting questions did your research answer? What
interesting questions remain unanswered?
- Turn in your written report one week in advance of your
presentation date. Give a copy to the instructor and a copy to each
member of the class so that all members can review the information
before the talk. Reports must have wide margins, be double
spaced, and use a font of size 12 or greater. Your report must inlude a reference page citing
your sources, at least two of which must be books or peer-reviewed
journal articles. More information on proper
citation of sources.
- On your assigned date deliver a one-hour oral presentation of
the content of your written report. (Seminar presentations will be
publicly announced and will be open to visitors who may wish to
- Attend all the presentations of the other members of the class,
and react to them by asking questions and by writing a short critique
which will be collected and given to the presenter.
Assuming you fulfill all the requirements listed above, I will base
on three components:
Each of the components above will get equal weight.
- your grade on your written report,
- your grade on your oral presentation, and
- your participation grade.
I'll grade your paper and oral presentation based on the thoroughness
depth with which you address your topic as well as the clarity,
style of your presentation. You'll get a grade between 0 and 100 for
You'll get one participation credit for each time you attend a
and turn in an acceptable critique sheet. I'll compute your number of
satisfactory critiques as a percentage of the number of possible
and this percentage will be your participation grade.
You will receive credit (a grade of "CR") for the course if
Otherwise you will receive no credit ("NC").
- you receive a a score of 60 or above in each of the three
- your average over the three components is 70% or above.
(The above "course requirements" and "grading" are borrowed liberally
from Dr. John Sarraille's CS
4960 course description, with permission.)
Academic Honesty: The work you do for this course will be
unless otherwise specified.
You are not to submit other people's
work and represent it as your own. I consider academic
honesty to be at the core of the University's activities in education
research. Academic honesty is expected at all times in this course.
Cell Phone Policy: During class time, your cell phone is to be
off and out of sight. Any use of a cell phone during class will result
of the phone until that day's class has ended or your removal from the
for that day. If you attempt to use your cell phone or leave it on
exam, you will be considered to have finished your test, and I will
your exam at that time. Exceptions may be made only if you
situation with me prior to the start of that day's class, in this case,
phone must be set to vibrate/silence.
(See Schedule of
Last day to add a
class without instructor
|Last day to drop a
|Last day to change grade options
(CR/NC) without instructor signature:
| Sept 20;
Sept 6, Oct 13, Nov 11, Nov 25, Nov 26, Dec