Student Colloquium (Computing Science)

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WMCS019-05
Vaknaam Student Colloquium (Computing Science)
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Student Colloquium (Computing Science)
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Summarize and discuss scientific work
2) Write a scientific paper
3) Peer review scientific papers
4) Present scientific research
5) Organize/chair a scientific conference
Omschrijving The course is a simulation of a scientific CS conference in which students act as presenters, organizers and reviewers. Students work in teams of two and select a specific topic (provided by CS staff members) or propose a topic of their own. For each topic a selection of about 3 to 4 papers will be given to work with. The students critically read the papers, find additional readings, and first propose, then compose, a contribution of their own about the topic, e.g., presenting different solutions or approaches to a related problem both in writing (research paper) and in a talk (conference presentation). They receive brief instruction and coaching in essential stages of the course, e.g. in research paper writing, peer reviewing, and the design and delivery of presentations. These skills are the main objective of the course, but students are encouraged to also observations or experiments of their own. After submitting a first draft of the paper, all students review each other's work (a staff member who is familiar with the topic acts as expert reviewer); a similar procedure follows after submitting a second draft.
The students also practice, and receive instruction and coaching, in giving talks about the topic. To this aim, they deliver first a so-called 2-minute madness presentation and a full presentation during the symposium itself about their topic. A number of students will be responsible for organizing the conference (i.e., finding sponsors, keynote speakers, website, announcements, programme), the other students will act as session chairs.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Introductory lecture and homework)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(The assessment and weightings are as follows: Writing a paper (15% draft version, 20% final version); Presentation (10% 2- minute madness presentation, 30% presentation during symposium); Reviewing (7,5% first review, 7,5% re-review); Organization (10% for organizing the symposium or 10% for chairing a session during the symposium). Presence during the final symposium and during the 2 minute madness is mandatory.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. R. Smedinga
Docent(en) prof. dr. M. Biehl , H.P.M. Klabbers ,dr. R. Smedinga
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from general knowledge of all bachelor courses in the bachelor program Computing Science and particular knowledge about the subject of the given paper set (depends on the chosen topic, most likely elementary knowledge in the field of the corresponding master variant is needed).

This course was registered last year with course code INMCOL-08
Opgenomen in
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