CS 474 Capstone Proseminar

Catalog Description: 

Course focuses on cultivating proficiency in technical communication, using appropriate research methods, enhancing the ability to identify computational problems, properly state research questions, critically assess scientific literature, present data and results, work in teams and improve technical writing and time management skills.

Prerequisite: 
CS 329 and senior standing, or permission of the instructor
Credits: 
3
Offered: 
First semester
Required or Elective: 
Required for the BS in Computer Science
Level: 
Advanced
Coordinator: 
George Dimitoglou
Current Textbook: 
  • Zobel, J.,  Writing  for  Computer Science: The art  of effective communication. 2nd ed., Springer-Verlag, (2005).
  • Brooks, F.P. Jr. The Mythical Man-Month, Addison-Wesley (1955)
Topics covered: 
  • The Scientific Method
  • Hypothesis, Experiments and Design
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Ethics in Research
  • Writing  Reports
  • Citation Workshop
  • Reading and Reviewing Scientific Work
  • Presenting Scientific Work
Student Learning Outcomes: 

On completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform a literature search and critically assess material in the literature.
  2. Identify the breadth and depth of computational problems.
  3. Properly state research questions.
  4. Communicate data and results orally and in writing in an effective way.
  5. Explain how computer science research is published and disseminated.
  6. Work effectively as a member of a team.
  7. Effectively use tools and manage project and personal time.
  8. Describe  issues and problems in a number of areas in computer science.
Relation of Course Outcomes to Program Outcomes: 

 

CS 474 Student Outcomes (SOs)
Course Learning Outcomes a b c d e f g h i j k
1. Perform a literature search and critically assess material in the literature.                    
2. Identify the breadth and depth of computational problems.                    
3. Properly state research questions.                      
4. Communicate data and results orally and in writing in an effective way.                    
5. Explain how computer science research is published and disseminated.                    
6. Work effectively as a member of a team.                    
7. Effectively use tools and manage project and personal time.                    
8. Describe  issues and problems in a number of areas in computer science.                    
Role in Assessment: 

See the pages "BSCS Course Matrix" and "BSCS Courses for Assessment"

This course contributes to the assessment of the following SOs and PIs.

 

SO PI Strategy
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(CO 1 assess literature.) Students must perform a scholarly investigation on relevant prior work for their project and develop an annotated bibliography and a literature review.

 


 

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