CSCI 460

Seminary in Computer Science

Dr. R. J. Schneider

Fall 2008


Course Policy and Syllabus


Hours:  Classroom        -MWF     (3:00 – 5:00)      McK 213


Office Hours: Posted Office Rm 231 and website


Phone: Office x5623 Home 434-8284



1.      Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. (University of Chicago Press)

2.      John Mongan, Noah Suojanen, Eric Gigučre, Programming Interviews Exposed─Secrets to Landing Your Next Job. (Wiley Publishing Inc.)



The Seminar in Computer Science is designed to provide students with an opportunity to


-          Research and prepare a technical paper

-          Present orally the results of their research

-          Hear talks by fellow students, faculty, and outside professionals as available

-          Gain experience in self-expression during an oral examination

The research requirements is the culmination of your experience in your major.  It is an opportunity to showcase your proficiency in your field.  Thus the research must be more than merely expository in nature.  Each student is expected to make direct contributions in their course of their research, ex. Original programs, designs, presentations, etc. are expected.



- Attendance is required at all meetings.

- Students must select a topic for the seminar.  The topic much be approved and be submitted no later than the beginning of the third week of classes. (9/15/2008).  Each topic submission must include: title, a descriptive paragraph about the topic, and a paragraph describing the personal contribution.  Duplicate topics will be on a first come, first served basis.  Faculty will review and approve the topics.

- Advisor Assignment ─ Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor with whom to work.  A consultation schedule with that advisor should be establish as soon as possible after topic approval.

- Topic Review ─ A topic review will be scheduled and announced.  It will generally be in the sixth week.  The purpose is to ensure that students are making satisfactory progress.  Students will be expected to provide a outline and a ten minute presentation describing their progress and their expected schedule for completion.

- Oral Presentation ─ All students must write a report of their research and make an oral presentation to all seminar participants, fellow students, and faculty.  A complete and comprehensive outline of the paper must be turned in to the advisor a week in advance of the oral presentation.  The outlines will be made available to attendees.  The time of oral presentations will be scheduled in the last three weeks of the semester.

- Written Report ─ The written report of 25 pages or more, will follow professional guidelines described in the text, A Manual for Writers.  It will be submitted in week twelve, reviewed by at least two faculty reviewers and returned for correction into final form.  All references should be to professional sources.  Informal websites will not be accepted.

- Oral Examination ─ At the end of the semester, students will take a 30 minute oral examination at which students will be expected to demonstrate an in-depth mastery of their topic.  A written test will be given covering all the presentations that were given.


-Grading ─ The final grade will be determined as follows:

-          30% Faculty evaluation of the student’s paper

-          30% Faculty evaluation of the student’s presentation

-          30% Oral examination by faculty

-          7.5% Peer evaluation of the paper and presentations

-          2.5% Satisfactory completion of peer evaluation forms

Evaluations by faculty will take into account:

-          How well the student speaker communicated on the topic, orally and in writing

-          Clarity of the organization of the material

-          Level of preparation of the speaker

-          Depth and Quality of the research

-          Suitability of the outline to the material presented

-          Attendance and timeliness of meeting deadline


Decorum: Students are expected to meet professional standards of language and dress appropriate to the field they are expecting to enter during all class periods and presentations.