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Department of
Computer Science
Tari Rorohiko

Computing and Mathematical Sciences

COMP520 - Report of an Investigation

COMP520 Coordinator: David Bainbridge
Room: G.1.24
Phone: (07) 838 4407
Email: davidb@waikato.ac.nz
Description:Directed investigation and report on an approved project or study topic.
Project Selection:Students are normally required to select and sign up for a project the preceding November. If you were/are unable to meet this deadline you should contact the course coordinator as soon as possible. A list of projects currently available, and the sign-up procedures, can be found on the Project Selection page.

Special provision is made for students who have been given permission to spread their project from mid-year to mid-year. These provisions are described on the Project Selection page.

2014 Classes:Wednesday, 2-3pm, S.1.03
Please see the Paper Schedule for details of class commitments.
Course Text:Some readings will be supplied.
Assessment:The grade is based totally on the final report.
Pass/Fail:Other compulsory components are assessed on a pass/fail basis:
  • Attendance at classes is compulsory
  • Project note book should be kept
  • Title/blurb/photo
  • Project proposal
  • Interim Report
  • Abstract of presentation
  • Project presentation
  • Final Report
  • Project Oral may be requested by supervisor or course coordinator
  • Final Report is marked by two examiners (not the supervisor) who both receive a report from the supervisor on the progress made by the student throughout the year.
Deadlines:There will be no extension of deadlines except for sound, documented, medical reasons. All extensions will be dealt with by the course coordinator.
Photoboard Blurbs:At the start of semester most students are assigned lab space. A blurb about their research topic and a photo get put on the photoboard outside the lab they are working in. By the end of the second week of semester, students are required to provide the blurb and photo to go up outside their lab. The blurb needs to be about 80 words and have a title of 4-5 words (see Blurb Examples for ideas). Students can provide a digital photo of themselves that can be cropped to fit in the space allowed or a photo will be taken of them. Blurbs and photos are to be emailed to Bronwyn Webster in the Computer Science office (G.1.21).
Handing In: Project Proposals/Interim Reports
Project Proposals and Interim Reports are to be handed in to the course coordinator using the hand in process on Moodle. Please use 'lastname-proposal' and 'lastname-interim' respectively as the filenames for your electronic files.

Final Reports
The Final Report must be checked by your supervisor before handing in.

After checking by the supervisor students are to submit an electronic version of their Final Report by 4pm of the due date, using the hand in process on Moodle. Please use 'lastname-final' as the filename for your electronic file and make the first page of the file contain the report title and your name only.

If a student holds a key to a Research Lab, then the key must be returned to the Computer Science office (G.1.21) shortly after they have submitted their Final Report.

Scholarships:Students planning to enrol in Masters study after completing their Honours may be eligible for a University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship. The closing date for applications is 31 October and 30 April annually.