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CS Projects, S2 2017

Computer Science Individual Projects in S2, 2017

(COMP3710) COMP3740, COMP3770, COMP4560, COMP6470, COMP8755

This page is for semester-long, individual project courses under the Master of Computing (MCOMP) and Bachelors of Advanced Computing (BAC) and Information Technology (BIT) degrees. Normally, the project will be focused on a particular topic with particular learning objectives, usually with the outcomes of producing artefacts and communicating the knowledge gained under the project. The project may involve a mixture of theory and practice.

These courses are for undergraduate or postgraduate students who want to conduct computing projects under the supervision by the researchers at ANU and Data61/CSIRO. The purpose is to help students master basic skills and research methods, and enable them to obtain basic experiences through research activities, such as how to give a good oral presentation, how to conduct a literature review, how to set a research plan or milestones, how to approach study problems and provide solutions to the problems, how to evaluate and implement existing and/or improved algorithms (ideas) for the problems, how to write a research report, and so on.

If you are a student intending to enroll in a project course, you first need to find a project topic and project supervisor. Once this is done, you should contact the course convenor as soon as the semester starts (or even before). In most cases, enrollment is conditional on having found a suitable project topic and a willing supervisor.

Before you actually start your project, you need to fill and sign an Independent Study Contract in [docx] format or in [pdf] format. Please discuss the contents of this contract with your supervisor. If your project supervisor is not an RSCS academic (e.g. an adjunct in Data61 or member of another ANU school), a formal supervisor, who is an RSCS academic, will also be required to oversee and take responsibility for supervisory arrangements. Bring the signed contract with both signatures of you and your supervisor to the project course convenor (email a scan to the convenor or leave a hardcopy with CECS Student Services). (due Monday of week 2, if a permission code is needed, or ASAP afterwards)

The course COMP3710 Special Topics in Computing similarly requires a topic, supervisor and Independent Study Contract. However, it need not involve a project (it may even have a format like a regular course), and typically the nominated supervisor fully determines the assessment. COMP6740 is also a special topics course and may also use this format.

All current project students will be subject to a common assessment scheme involving the delivery of a report, artefacts and a seminar (although the weighting between these may be varied), and common due dates for these items. They will also attend a number of CS Project `Community of Practice' Meetings to develop project and research-related skills.

Gitlab will be used the submission of seminar slides, reports and artefacts (submissions by email or other means will not be accepted). See the gitlab instructions for details. Communication between the course participants will be supported by piazza. Project students are expected to monitor this forum, as it will have important announcements.

In Semester 2 2017, the course convenor for all of these courses is A/Prof Peter Strazdins. The co-convenor is Prof Weifa Liang. The current list of projects is here.

All staff involved in the CS Projects support respectful relationships.

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