CS 707 Seminar in Computer Science
Fall 2003

Official Course Description. None.

Prerequisites. None.

Location and Times. Science Center 348, Tu 9:30-10:45.

Instructor. Alexis Maciel. Science Center 379, 268-2385, alexis@clarkson.edu.

Office Hours. M 1:30-3:30, W 9:30-11:30, Th 9:30-10:30.

Required Text. None.

Course Objectives.

  1. To get wider exposure to computer science research activity.

  2. To learn what makes a presentation effective by witnessing talks given by a range of presenters.

  3. To gain experience in giving your own presentations. (If you follow the requirements for students with an advisor.)

  4. To learn about possible thesis topics. (If you follow the requirements for first-year students.)
Demonstrable outcomes. By the end of the semester,
  1. You will be able to give a decent presentation on your thesis work. (If you follow the requirements for students with an advisor.)

Evaluation. This course is offered for one credit on a pass/no credit basis. All students are required to attend at least 80% of the departmental CS talks. This includes CS colloquiums, CS student thesis defenses, student presentations made as part of the CS Seminar, and possibly other talks identified by the instructor as the semester progresses. Students will not be required to attend more than two talks in any given week. Excuses will be given in case of conflicts with classes or TA duties.

Students must also fulfill one of the following requirements:

  1. Students who already have a thesis advisor can make a presentation on their thesis work. This could be on results obtained or on background material. The presentation must be approved in advance by the student's advisor and then judged to have been of satisfactory quality by the advisor.

  2. First-year students can choose instead to attend a series of presentations given by the computer science and computer engineering faculty on possible thesis topics. An attendance rate of at least 80% will be required.