Syllabus for Spring 2010
This semester will be characterized by a group project, which will produce enough research to write a journal-style article. You will be working in groups and, every other week, will have the opportunity to share your progress with the rest of the class. There will be several milestones along the way.
MilestonesMilestones are designed to provide support for you as you carry out your research. First, they break the project into manageable chunks. Second, they provide a mechanism for me to supply feedback. Third, they provide incentive for you to work together as a group. For each milestone, your group will turn in one written report and give one 20-30 minute presentation to your classmates.
There are four groups in this class. Groups 1 and 2 will present their milestone reports on Thursdays of odd-numbered weeks and groups 3 and 4 will present theirs on Thursdays of even-numbered weeks. Below is an overview of the milestones and of the content expected for the corresponding written reports. The oral presentations should contain roughly the same content. Written reports are due 24 hours before the corresponding oral presentation.
|1, 2||Literature Search||
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|3, 4||Initial Code Demonstration||
|5, 6||Results Part I||
|7, 8||Results Part II||
|9, 10||Analysis Part I||
|11, 12||Analysis Part II||
GradingThe course grade will be determined as follows:
|Written Milestone Reports||35%|
|Oral Milestone Reports||35%|
|Final Write-up and Presentation||15%|
Grading Written Milestone ReportsThe grade for each report will depend on teamwork and content:
- 1/3 of the grade is devoted to teamwork. Each student must write 1 paragraph describing what they did, and assessing their contribution.
- 2/3 of the grade depends on content (and is same for all team members). The content is dependent upon the milestone. It must also be well-written in order to receive a high grade.
Grading Oral Milestone PresentationsThe grade for the oral presentations is based largely on your ability to communicate your research to me and to your classmates. In order to receive a high grade, the contributions of each team member must be well-integrated into a coherent presentation. This does not mean the presentation must be polished -- you should spend more time thinking about how to talk to each other and to your classmates than about making pretty slides. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to spend most of your presentation talking about failures.
Grading Class ParticipationThe grade for class participation will depend largely on your willingness to ask questions during or after another group's presentation. Better questions lead to higher grades. Part of your grade will depend upon written questions, passed to me at the end of each group presentation.
Grading the Final Write-Up and PresentationThe final write-up and presentation will be graded based on the level of sophistication of the research (design of numerical experiments and depth of analysis), on clarity (is it well written?), and teamwork (like the milestone reports, part of your grade will depend on your contribution to the team). The final presentation will be graded on content and polish. This presentation should be streamlined, yet understandable.
For more information about expectations and the assignment of grades, see this document.