Independent studies are usually offered at the 3000 or 4000 level and should not duplicate the contents of existing courses.
There are three general formats in which an independent study can be done (although this list is by no means exhaustive):
The usual way to begin the process is to contact a professor who may be interested in supervising your independent study and then to discuss what might be appropriate. It should be noted that a course outline is required and final exams are typical.
A completed independent study form is required. Forms can be obtained from the department office (C526) or the Registrar's Office.
The proposal then goes to a department committee for review, where it will be either accepted or rejected.
An independent study proposal should include the following information (typed):
For a project-based computer science course at the 3990 level, the following is an example of a marking scheme:
Other possible methods of evaluation include: code review, assignments, a poster, a technical report, examinations.
In the past, in Computer Science, the majority of I/S offerings have been of a project nature at the 3000 level. Typically, 2990 has been used for students wanting to learn a new language and do a small project. 4990 courses have been very infrequent, and have usually included assignments and examinations and have not been project-based. Inter-disciplinary I/S courses are also encouraged.
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