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CS Projects, S2 2018

Computer Science Individual Projects in S2, 2018

(COMP3710) COMP3740 COMP3770 COMP4560 (COMP6470) COMP8755

This page is for 1-2 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 through a report and an oral presentation. The project may involve a mixture of theory and practice.

If you are a student intending to enroll in a project course, you first need to find a project topic and 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.

COMP4560 and COMP8755 may be taken as 12 units across a single semester, or 6 units across consecutive semesters. The former is recommended, as experience has shown that the workload of the 6+6 unit arrangement often significantly exceeds 12 units. Also, taking 12u in your final semester gives you maximal experience in the more specialized courses, making it easier to find a suitable supervisor and topic. Students in these courses, if you have trouble finding a supervisor by the end of week 1, please notify the projects conenor.

Before you actually start your project, you need to fill and sign an Independent Study Contract in [docx] format or in [pdf] format (please only use these most recent versions of the documents, always available from here). 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. This should be someone who is familiar with the topic and in regular contact with your project supervisor. Bring the signed contract with the signatures of you, your supervisor and your supervisor-nominated examiner to the projects course convenor (email a scan to the convenor (preferred) or leave a hardcopy with CECS Student Services) (due Monday week 2, if a permission code is needed, or ASAP afterwards).

The course COMP3710 Special Topics in Computing similarly requires a topic, supervisor and a `special topics version' of the 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. These courses are sometime uses as `shell courses' for TechLauncher projects for students from non-CS degrees; students seeking such an enrollment should contact the TechLauncher convenor.

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 2018, the course convenor for all of these courses is A/Prof Peter Strazdins. The co-convenor is Prof Weifa Liang. The list of projects currently assigned to students is here.

All staff involved in the CS Projects support respectful relationships.

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