You are to write a term paper and deliver a presentation on a topic suggested by you and agreed to or modified by the instructor. In addition, you will be required to critique the presentations of your classmates.
If you suggested some project topics by 10rd October, one of them has been has been assigned to you.
Your paper on this topic
will be 1400-1700 words, including a reasonably
comprehensive bibliography. Your talk will be a
15-minute presentation of the material in your paper. I
will be strict on the time limit.
presentation slides: You are to turn in the contents of the four
slides described below by the seventh week of class (7th
November). They should convey a sense of what your
15-minute talk will be about. Submit your slides using
the dropbox in D2L.
The goal of asking for a
few of your slides now is not to restrict you from
changing them later, but to encourage you to start
planning your presentation.
abstract: You are
also to turn in an abstract of your paper by the seventh
week of class. This abstract will include:
Title of Paper
The introduction to your paper (this should convey a sense of what your paper will be about)
A sentence or two of your "My Opinion" section so we have an idea of what your position will be on the issue.
Your presentation will be on the topic you have selected. Your talk must meet the following specifications:
The slides must be submitted to D2L as a PDF document. No other formats or submission methods are allowed.
The talk should be 15 minutes in length; this includes 2 minutes for questions.
The slides must be in presentation form. That is, they may not be a cut-and-paste of your paper abstract. Prefer graphics to text bullets; the slides are a visual aid, not a replacement for your paper.
The slides must include:
You must submit your final presentation slides in PDF format by noon on the day of your presentation. All the slides will be loaded onto the instructor’s computer before the presentation – you will not be allowed to connect your own computer to the projector!
You will be required to
complete an evaluation form for each presentation
delivered by other students. You will rate each
presentation by expressing your agreement or
disagreement with the following statements:
Your ratings will be
scored not by how well they conform to my ratings, but
by how successful you are in applying your own
criteria to discriminate between strong and weak
Your paper will be on the topic you have selected. The paper must meet the following specifications:
The paper must be submitted to Easychair as a PDF document. No other formats or submission methods are allowed.
Formatting: 8.5”x11”, 1" margins all around, 11pt font, 1.5 line spacing
The paper must be 1400–1700 words in length. Put the word count at the top.
The paper should
have at least 5 credible references at the end.
These references must be cited in the paper in a
meaningful way. At least 4 of them should be
to documents that are available other than on the
The introduction should clearly convey the purpose of the paper and must present an opinion based upon a reasonable analysis of the data that you gathered.
Your paper must include a section entitled "My Opinion". The purpose of this section is for you to draw your own conclusions on the topic that you are investigating.
Grading will be as follows
|Following the above specification||20%|
|Clarity and Concision
Make sure you take the time to
proofread your paper. It is important for a computer
scientist to be clear and concise. Remember all of the poor
instruction manuals you have read in the past! Have at least two of your
colleagues proofread your paper. Put their names in
Plagiarism of any kind will
not be tolerated. You can reference existing works and
facts, when needed, as long as the sources are clearly cited
in the paper, and you clearly distinguish your own work from
your sources. Minor re-phrasings of others' writing is plagiarism.