Capstone Design Project
Office: 219 Steinmetz Hall
Hi folks. This page acts as an introduction to 498-499,
your senior project. Even though you are doing most of the work outside
our meetings, you're not working in a vacuum, and you are still being
graded on a weekly basis. Here are the ground rules:
- You need to have a weekly
meeting with me to discuss your progress. This includes the
first week of the trimester for both 498 (probably Fall) and
499 (probably Winter).
We probably won't have a regular meeting time set up yet during the
first week, but it's still your responsibility to find some free time to set
up a meeting with me. If you have another adviser on your project besides
myself, it is your job to reach out to all of us and figure out a time
when we can all meet. I'm fine with my office being the meeting place.
Since your progress (both weekly and over the course of the term)
counts for half of your total grade, you don't want to
miss meetings. Meetings for CSC 498 will probably last between 30-60 mins. Meetings for
CSC 499 will last between 15-30 mins.
- Except for the first week, you need to turn
in a weekly report to me at each meeting detailing your progress. This
report should include:
Here is an example of a good report so you can see what
I'm expecting. And here is one that is not so good. You
can use this MS Word template to make your reports if you want, but
it's not mandatory that you use it. Please email me your report by 5pm the day before we
meet in person. 1% off your total grade for each late/missing report.
- your goals from the previous week that you wanted to meet
- what you actually got done
- justifications for why you did what you did, including any changes made to the
design of your project
- You are required to attend and participate in all CS seminars that we have throughout the year. These
normally occur during the common hour on alternate Thursdays, though we do have exceptions. Plan
ahead by regularly checking email and consulting the seminar web page.
I expect you to pay attention (i.e. not be checking your phone or computer)
and ask questions.
I don't expect you to understand every point the speaker makes -- but that would make for a good question, wouldn't it? "Hey,
speaker, can you go back to slide so-and-so and explain that again please?"
- Though not required, I hope that you'll also consider participating in the
Steinmetz Symposium in late Spring.
Since participating means just giving your presentation and/or showing your poster again,
it is not a lot of work. If you are considering getting honors in Computer Science,
then participation in Steinmetz Symposium is required.
More info about these can be found on the department's thesis page.
By the end of CSC 498, you'll create
- a poster that you will present at a (virtual) poster session
a "final design report" detailing the complete design of
Details about this paper can be found in these
design report guidelines.
By the end of CSC 499, you'll create
- a revised poster with complete results (but you won't present it)
- a final formal presentation. All CS and ECE senior project students will present their work
on a Saturday sometime around late February or early March.
The audience includes students, faculty, industry heads, parents, and other guests.
Each student gives a formal presentation including a question-and-answer (Q&A)
session. This event normally goes from around 8:30am - 2pm, with lunch provided.
Unless you are on term abroad
in winter, you are required to attend this event in its entirety, even if you are not finished with
your own project or enrolled in 499 in the winter. COVID-19 may cause changes in the final format
of the presentation. More info as we get closer to the date.
your final report showing the results of your experiments,
screenshots of your completed implementation, conclusions of
your research, etc.
Details are available in the LaTeX template on our thesis page.
You are required to write all
papers in LaTeX. LaTeX and poster templates as well as 498/499 grading rubrics
are all available on
our thesis page.