Computer Science MS Project
CSCI 788

Spring 2019-20



Class Meeting

Course Overview

Students who choose the Computer Science MS project option must complete a faculty- or student-defined capstone project. The student-defined project must be defined in collaboration with a faculty adviser before registering for this course. The defined Masters project will be completed during this class. Students will meet with their advisor regularly and submit project deliverables at specified times during the semester. In-class presentations are required and will be critiqued, and a summary project report and public presentation of the project in poster form will occur at the end of the semester. The students have to present the result of the capstone project during a public poster session. The posters will be evaluated.




Milestones (by faculty advisor) 20%
Final report (by faculty advisor) 45%
Presentations + HW (by course instructor) 20%
Poster (based on feedback from CS faculty) 15%

A93% or above
A-at least 90% but under 93%
B+at least 87% but under 90%
Bat least 83% but under 87%
B-at least 80% but under 83%
C+at least 77% but under 80%
Cat least 73% but under 77%
C-at least 70% but under 73%
Dat least 60% but under 70%
Funder 60%

You will fail the course if any of the grading components are 70% or lower.


Class Schedule
Week Topics Remarks
1 Intro and how to write HW1: Your project info
2 Doing research, reading papers, and how to present HW2: Writing related work
3 Project description presentations HW3: Writing a paper review
4 Project description presentations  
5 Milestone 1 presentations HW4: Writing the introduction
6 Milestone 1 presentations  
7 Final report prep HW5: Writing your solution
8 Milestone 2 presentations  
9 Milestone 2 presentations  
10 Poster design  
11 Milestone 3 presentations  
12 Milestone 3 presentation  
13 Poster rehearsal  
14 Poster rehearsal  

This schedule is subject to change as needed.

Final Poster Presentation


Any student who violates the academic integrity standards will fail the course (even for the first offense).

If you miss one class without the instructor's approval (only granted under extenuating circumstances no more than once), you will lose 10% of your final course grade as penalty.

If you miss more than one class with no instructor's approval, you will fail the course.

Note that questions about grading must be brought to my attention within one week after the graded material has been handed back. After that time, the grade will become permanent.

No extra work will be given to help a student raise his/her grade due to fairness concern.

I expect students to respect their instructor, teaching assistants, and other students in class. Disrespectful behavior will NOT be tolerated. Do NOT come to class late, leave early, or talk to other students, etc. However, class participation and discussion are strongly encouraged.

Academic Honesty

Any form of academic dishonesty is strictly prohibited. I will handle any such incident according to the Department of Computer Science Policy on Academic Dishonesty. Violations of the Code of Conduct for the Use of Department of Computer Science Facilities can also result in suspension, expulsion and even criminal charges. Please refer to the following statements excerpted from the 1998-99 RIT Students Rights & Responsibilities handbook:

Any act of improperly representing another person's work as one's own is construed as an act of academic dishonesty. These acts include, but are not limited to, plagiarism in any form, or use of information and materials not authorized by the instructor during an examination.

If a faculty member judges a student to be guilty of some form of academic dishonesty, the student may be given a failing grade for that piece of work or for the course, depending upon the severity of the misconduct.

For the record, I have adopted the following standard policy on academic honesty.

Policy on W and I Grades

RIT policy allows you to withdraw from a course with a grade of W on or before the Friday of the sixth week in the quarter. After this date, your instructor cannot give you a W, but must assign you a grade based on your work.

This course has been designed so that you can complete all the work in one quarter. Thus incomplete grades will be given only in the most exceptional circumstances, and then only by prior arrangement with the instructor who has the final say in this matter.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harrasment

RIT is committed to providing a safe learning environment, free of harassment and discrimination as articulated in our university policies located on our governance website. RIT's policies require faculty to share information about incidents of gender based discrimination and harassment with RIT's Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators, regardless whether the incidents are stated to them in person or shared by students as part of their coursework. If you have a concern related to gender-based discrimination and/or harassment and prefer to have a confidential discussion, assistance is available from one of RIT's confidential resour ces on campus (listed below).

Advice on Research

Last updated 01/13/20