CS Projects `Community of Practice' Meetings (Semester 1, 2020)

For this semester, all individual project students and the project courses convenor(s) will have a number of hourly meetings aimed at improving the students' understanding and practice of generic project issues and applying them to their projects. A by-product of this will be fostering out-of-class support and a sense of community within the project student group. These sessions will also include the initial and final presentations (the latter will be longer than one hour though!). In these meetings, we will review and discuss the general principles of a topic, e.g. making good presentations, examine the work of previous project students, and evaluate and give feedback to each others' work in progress. Such a meeting series, together with its participants, forms what is termed a Community of Practice.

For students completing in the following semester, only the first two meetings are applicable this semester (and the others for next semester). For students completing this semester, attendance at the meetings involving deliverables (presentations) is mandatory! It is highly encouraged for the other meetings (unless you have done a research methods course like COMP4450). You may also receive evaluations from your peers on for example your presentation, but these are for your feedback only.

The weekly meeting time is, unless otherwise specified, Thursday 13:00-14:00 in the Seminar Room 1.33, Hanna Neumann Building (145, ANU map) . Meeting dates and topics scheduled for more than a fortnight from the present date should be regarded as tentative.

We will study excerpts from a book entitled Writing for Computer Science written by Justin Zobel this semester as well as online sources; we will also take individual examples and according to the issues which you will bring up.

The sessions will begin in week 4; below is the schedule of the sessions for this semester, which we will use as a starting point.

Week Title Notes

4 Welcome and Introduction, Presentations:
Things to avoid and elements which work
Thursday March 19, 13:00-14:00 seminar room (1.33), Hanna Neumann Building 145
ANU resources, meeting notes
5 Initial Project Presentations (for 20S1 one-semester projects, or for two-semester projects enrolled in S2 2019)
Thursday March 26, 13:00-14:30 seminar room (1.33), Hanna Neumann Building 145
6 Initial Project Presentations (for 20S1 one-semester projects, or for two-semester projects enrolled in S2 2019)
Thursday April 2, 13:00-14:30 seminar room (1.33), Hanna Neumann Building 145
7 Initial Project Presentations (Continuing) (for 19S1 1-semester projects, or for 2-semester projects enrolled in S2 2018)
8 Report Writing: Structure and Setting Out, Literature reviews and citations ANU resources: report writing (science), academic integrity (what is, referencing (citations), style guides - Harvard), literature reviews; meeting notes; LaTeX report template (more LaTeX resources in Hons in IT page)
9 Implementation and Evaluation Issues
10 Finer Points: Report Writing and Presentations
12 Final Project Presentations (for projects ending 20S1)
June 2, 3, and 4 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, final oral presentations online (Zoom meeting)
13 Final Project Presentations (Continuing) (for projects ending 20S1)
June 9 and 11 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, final oral presentations online (Zoom meeting)
 
13 Final Project Presentations (Contuing) (for projects ending 20S1)
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