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Last approved: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:22:42 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:22:42 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

Computer Science
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Computer Science
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Life Sciences Center

Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Computer Science (CMP_SC)
Computer Science
Senior Capstone Design I - Writing Intensive
cross-leveled with CMP_SC 7970). communication skills, and prototyping. Covers professional ethics, intellectual property/patenting, knowledge of engineering literature, safety, economic and environmental impact of technology. Essays, oral and written reports.
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
CMP_SC 4320 and senior standing.

Instructor Information

Computer Science
(numbers only)
Adjunct Instructor
716 5th St. Glasgow, MO 65254

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Writing Intensive Course Information

There are 3 individual writing assignments for each student. Each assignment is 5 pages in length. For the group project document, the students will evaluate each other at the end of the semester. The evaluations account for 15% of the students overall grades. If a student does poorly with the group documentation, they will be evaluated as such. Design projects emphasizing team work, communication skills, and prototyping. Covers professional ethics, intellectual property/patenting, knowledge of engineering literature,safety, economic and environmental impact of technology. Essays, oral and written reports. Writing Intensive. Capstone I is part of a two course sequence. Capstone II is the course where they finish the work they have defined in their Project Planning and Design report. At the end of Capstone II the students add to, and revise, their project report to include information regarding the work they have completed.
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The class meets MW from 4 to 5:15. The goal of the class is to implement a design document for a Capstone Project. The coursework is split between individual writing assignments and group writing assignments.
I monitor the students performance by grading their papers, as well as having face to face meetings frequently.
I provide the TA with a detailed rubric which I explain to them thoroughly. I also arrange meetings throughout the semester with the TA to discuss grading. The TA is also in constant contact with myself in the even they may have a question.

Writing Intensive Assignments

Project Documentation
Biography: Students write a short biography of 1 page or less to share with the other students. Resume: Students submit a resume of 1-2 pages to share with the other students. The biography and resume provide information needed for students to form their capstone teams. Ethics Issues in Computing Research and report on ethics issues related to computing. Minimum of 2 drafts more if needed, 5-10 pages, instructors and TA review. Intellectual Property Research and report on intellectual property issues and concepts related to computing, digital distribution, software licensing, software patents, and/or open source licenses. Minimum of 2 drafts more if needed, 5-10 pages, instructors and TA review. Research Paper: Each student is asked to write a research paper based on the engineering literature to understand the state of technology in individual project areas and report their findings. This paper becomes part of the Project Planning and Design report.
Project Design and Planning Report For Capstone I: A student team must design and develop a software application or system or do a computer science research project. The students do the research, discovery, and planning for the project. During the semester they go through an iterative process of creating a project document with the following elements. At the end of the semester students will do a final presentation related to their project report. The following is an outline of the elements of the Capstone Project Report. Individual projects may have different needs that modify the elements that are required. The goal is to effectively communicate all aspects of the project.
a. Executive Summary
b. Acronyms and Terminology
c. Problem Statement - Need - Objectives
d. Problem Analysis and Research
e. Requirements
f. Constraints and Applicable Standards
g. Design h. Testing / Data Collection and Analysis Plan i. Project Management Plan
j. Development Costs and Resource Needs - Team funded/provided - School funded/provided
k. Identification of Required Independent Learning
l. Results / Project Outcomes
m. Discussion
n. Future Work
o. References
p. Appendices - Team Member Biographies (1 page per team member) - Progress Reports - Documentation/Tutorials/API's - Logs of administrative decisions, design changes, implementation decisions, etc. - Descriptions of attempted solutions with explanations of failure and assessments of efforts. (This information may also appear in the Results / Project Outcomes section.) The following are elements of the Capstone Project Report that are completed during Capstone II: Results / Project Outcomes, Discussion, and Future Work. There is content that is initially developed during Capstone I that is extended and completed in Capstone II. Examples are Progress Reports, API documentation, logs, and descriptions of attempted solutions. The iterative process involves building up the document through a series of exercises, student-instructor interactions, and responses to question sets that serve as learning scaffolds leading to a first draft of the complete document. After the first draft the document, as a whole, goes through a series of revisions to reach its final state. It is expected that a minimum of one revision after the first full draft is required. More revisions will take place if it is necessary. The project document will be 30-50 pages and will receive instructor and peer review.
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Myself (Teacher)

Ethics Paper
To dissect an ethical dilemma in Computer Science and have the students apply rules from the IEEE and ACM code of ethics to reach a conclusion about the ethicality of the dilemma.
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Intellectual Property Paper
To observe an intellectual property dilemma and come to a conclusion about the legality of the dilemma using laws from ethical or legal grounds.
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Research Paper
To perform research into a subject regarding the student's group project.
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Total pages for all assignments:
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review
The TA will also provide review and feedback to the students.
There is group writing as well as individual writing. The group writing is given a grade by myself. The students then evaluate their group members, which plays a part in the grade they receive on their final document.
In the research paper assignment the students MUST provide alternative methods for solving the problem stated in the introduction of their paper. They must describe the benefits of the alternate system as well as the drawbacks. The students then must select a superior method and describe all the reasons for why they chose the superior method over the other methods. Also in the project documentation the students provide additional information for choosing certain methodologies with their final project.
In the first month, students work on their ethics papers and section one of their final project document. In the second month students work on their intellectual property papers, and section two of their final project document. In the third month the students work on their research papers as well as section three of their final project document. In the final part of the semester the students work on revising and finishing their final project document.
TAs are selected by their passion and interest for writing. The TAs are also selected by their proficiency in writing. The TA will meet regularly with me to learn the proper ways to address certain situations that occur while grading papers. The TA will also be explained the rubric we use for the assignments as well as understand that any problems she cannot handle should be addressed towards myself.

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Administrative Information

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Instructor contacted with questions on Team grading and page counts. 4/13/2016


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Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:22:37 GMT): I have added CMP SC 4970W, 01 for the Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes and cancelled the regular section of CMP_SC 4970, 01 for Spring 2017.
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