Course Overview: The purpose of this course is to make you better scholars. In particular it attempts to make you better researchers, better writers, better presenters, and better reviewers. It concentrates on your reading, writing and composition skills. The course concentrates on both the production and consumption of the “media” used by computer scientists to communicate today.
You will learn to both read and write papers, such as
conference and journal articles; You will learn to both listen to and
prepare and deliver oral presentations. You will also learn
skills that will prepare you for your career as a scholar: How to
choose a thesis topic, and how to write a thesis; How to be an
effective reviewer of material written by others;
How to prepare yourself for the job hunt in academia or industry when
graduate. When you’re through with this course you should have a feel
the tasks and activities of modern scholars.
||Class meets: Winter Quarter 2006.
Tuesday / Thursday 2:00-3:20pm, PSU Ondine Building, Room 220
Topical Link -- OGI-CSEE RPE exam information.
Mark Zobel. Writing for Computer Science. Springer 1997. ISBN 9-813-08322-0.
Mary-Clair van Leunen, A Handbook for Scholars, 2nd
Oxford University Press,
William Zinsser. On Writing Well. Harpercollins, 1994,
Donald E. Knuth, Tracy Larrabee, and Paul M. Robers,
William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White. The Elements
of Style, Allyn and Bacon, 1995.
Nichoals Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, SIAM, 1993.
Robert I. Berkman. Find It Fast. Harper Perennial, 1997.
Elizabeth Castro. HTML for the World Wide Web, 4th Ed.: Visual Quickstart Guide,
Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly, The Elements of Technical Writing,
Henry Watson Fowler. The New Fowler's Modern English Usage,
R.W. Burchfield (Editor), Oxford, 2000.