Undergraduate 190 and 199 courses involve projects (190, group; 199, individual). The 190 course emphasizes design. That includes review of partial steps, and development of a system. (Typical) 190 course participants need to demonstrate progress toward some new thing (in hardware, software, or an analytical model), evaluate contributions to each other's learning, and submit a bibliography describing completed independent reading.

Graduate 276 and 590 courses are in research fields pattern recognition, image analysis, search and indexing, language descriptors, biomedical applications, mathematical modeling.

My teaching emphasizes reporting (terse writing), experimental computations, oral presentations and research skills. Re captions for figures and headings for reports review samples at Brevity and in Materials. Some may benefit by reviewing files reachable from Self Testing, while others may prefer to bookmark selected pages (see above).

Become familiar with the Engineering Library, 8th floor Boelter Hall as a resource. Interests leads to project ideas, as does past work [About Files and Site a detailed description of the varied CS 190 and CS 199 work done before Winter '98 much is in the 8th floor library on reserve].

In-progress items including reviews and reaction pieces to professional articles [Course Readings, On Being a Scientist] are used in the 190 course. The goal is verbal and written cooperation. This is to learn how to improve work from peer comments that lead to improvement suggestions and revised work directions.

A CS 190 project has been a free-choice work item. Varied levels of students' innovation and initiative can lead to wide differences in grade. Although each class is spent on activities to support the development of project work some students may fail to approach this as a significant opportunity to learn about intellectual property, starting a business, or getting funding. This is a sure way to choose to bound the grade at the lower end of the F through A range. A better option is to avail yourself of the opportunity to work beyond the ten week semester. This can be done by accepting the limits of what it is possible to accomplish in a short term. A grade of "I" is easily removed and that is a real option.

Students' talks on items of interest to them in books such as those on the recommended book list or other starting points, must be supplemented by two solid presentations about their design project participation. Specific things about the design, such as parts you built as an individual, would be best to speak about after the first three weeks. Current materials or items posted as articles, student-selected books, and web pages found can be the base of a talk before settling in on a project. Ideas you develop are your own property: the university has no rights to material created by undergraduates. For information on legal issues, intellectual property, etc., see Law.

Some discussions should take place with course instructor outside of class. If about a project, their central purpose involves making the work general, of permanent benefit, and something students may continue after the quarter is done. Such discussions could also involve the varied interests posted to the web.

The CS 190 course activity involves selecting a job to work on, finding partners, developing a plan, executing tasks, and combining the work into a project report, items described in Administrative. Enrolled students work with one another by commenting in writing on each others' drafts, and interacting in class about the talks. Presentations are usually on work done or something new recently learned, organized, or illustrated. This activity simulates the way people work together in business. [Tips on talking appear in Technical Communication, Prepare, and Public Speaking.]

A prior CS 190 site had three parts: college an overview, K-12, and projects, a 199 student's view. Visuals at the prior 190, college and other sites come from students' CS 199 work. That work and current questions can lead to new projects: consult instructor in the office hours, class, or by email.

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