CS 490 Design Exhibition

Spring 2014
Fridays 1:30 pm, Research 201

Course Description:

This course provides computer science majors with an opportunity to work on a semester-long project or research paper that is more substantial than the projects or papers assigned in other CS classes. To achieve this creative goal, students may work in teams or individually. CS faculty members can also serve as mentors of the project or research paper and the effort will be coordinated by the course instructor.

Milestones throughout the semester must be met for successful completion of the course. These include submission of initial design specification documents, bi-weekly progress reports and presentations, development of assessment criteria to measure student success, final project/paper report with accompanying software artifacts, and a formal presentation of the project/research paper at the end of the semester.

For BS CS students, this course can be used as both a CS-related and CS-Senior elective. For ACS majors, this course can be used to satisfy the CS 400-level course requirement.

Course Outcomes:

(1) Students will create an original scholarly or creative project by:

    - articulating and refining a scholarly question by following ethical principles
    - choosing an appropriate discovery process for scholarly inquiry
    - gathering evidence appropriate to the question
    - applying scholarly conventions appropriate to inquiry and reporting
    - assessing the vailidy of key assumptions and evidence
    - and situating the inquiry within a broader context

(2) Students will communicate knowledge from an original scholarly or creative project


C or better in CS 321/421 (Software Requirements and Design Modeling), CS 483 (Analysis of Algorithms) and two other CS 400-level courses; senior standing. Students may also take this course with permission of the instructor.


Prof. Pearl Y. Wang
Computer Science Department
Office:  Nguyen Engineering - ENGR 4300
Phone:   703-993-1527
E-mail:   pwang at cs.gmu.edu
Office Hours:   Tues 1:30 pm - 3 pm; Wed 10 am - 3 pm;   other times available by appointment

Course Requirements & Grading:

The course grade is based on three components:
(1) Class participation: Bi-weekly progress reports and/or demos/presentations: 20%

(2) Deliverables: 60%

20% - Project design/research plan documents, including revisions
40% - A final report containing documented software and/or project-generated artifacts if a project is to be implemented. For a research paper, a final document that shows evidence of an original contribution that includes comparison to previous work in the literature

Please note that students will only receive a grade of C or better if a substantial portion of the project is completed.

(3) Final presentation: 20%

All coursework must be performed in accordance to GMU and CS Department Academic Integrity and Honor Code Policies at http://cs.gmu.edu/wiki/pmwiki.php/HonorCode/HomePage. These policies will be strictly enforced.
If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with the Office of Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 4205; 993-2474; http://ods.gmu.edu/) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with the instructor to discuss your accommodation needs.

Tentative Schedule:

1/24:  Course Introduction & Project/Research Development Methods
1/31:  Discussion of Success Metrics and Assessment Criteria
2/07:  Student Project/Research Plan: Short Proposal Description & Presentation Due
2/14:  Student Project/Research Plan: Design/Report Document & Presentation Due
2/21:  Evaluation/Feedback Discussions
2/28:  Student Progress Report
3/14:  Spring Break
3/21:  Student Progress Report: Preliminary Demos
4/04:  Student Progress Report
4/18:  Student Presentation: Practice Run: Demos or Results
5/02:  Final Reports Due
5/7 - 5/14:  Exam Week - Final Presentations & Demos

Important Dates:

Last day to add:  January 29, 2014
Last day to drop: January 29, 2014 (no tuition penalty)
Final day to drop: February 21, 2014
Last day of selective withdrawal: March 28, 20114

Spring recess: March 10 - 16, 2014
Last day of classes: May 5, 2014

Final Examination (scheduled): May 9, 2012, 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Created: 24 Jan 2014
P.Y. Wang