CS 5100 Graduate Seminar
Fall 2008

Professor Cindy Norris

Course Goals

The precise topics that you will be reading/writing/speaking about will be selected by members of the class. You will need to come up with a research or project idea, study the background needed to complete the research or project and ultimately, write a research or project proposal. Along the way, you'll write a bibliography for the proposal and give presentations on papers listed in the bibliography. You'll write summaries of papers presented by your classmates. You can work with one other person on your research/project idea in which case you would work together on the bibliography, research/project proposal and the final presentation.

Grading Policies

Your grade will be determined by the following components:

Graded Components

Final Grades

Final grades are based on a 10 point scale with +/- given within three points of either end of the scale, i.e., 93-100, A, 90-92, A-, 87-89, B+, 83-86, B, 80-82, B-, etc. If your grade falls within this range, you are guaranteed to get at least the grade indicated. However, if all of the grades are low, I will curve them at the end of the semester. The grade of I (incomplete) will only be given in rare circumstances.


Class handouts, including this one, can be found at http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~can/classes/5100

Academic Integrity Code

The full version of the Academic Integrity Code can be found at http://studentconduct.appstate.edu Here is a synopsis: Students attending Appalachian State University agree to abide by the following
a. Students will not lie, cheat, or steal to gain academic advantage.
b. Students will oppose every instance of academic dishonesty.
Students shall agree to abide by the Academic Integrity Code when submitting the admission application.

Accommodations to Students with a Disability

Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Those seeking accommodations based on a substantially limiting disability must contact and register with The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at http://www.ods.appstate.edu/ or 828-262-3056. Once registration is complete, individuals will meet with ODS staff to discuss eligibility and appropriate accommodations.