Course Project

The choice of project is up to you, as long as it satisfies the following constraints:

In general, I would rather see an unsuccessful, imaginative approach to a open-ended or impossible problem than a successful, pedestrian approach to an easy problem.

Public software and external resources

You may use any open-source software you want, and any web resources that you want, and I encourage you to, but they must all be credited in your write-up and in a credits page linked to your query page. Web pages from which content has been extracted should be cited, by title and URL, on the results page.

Group Projects

You may do a group project, if you want. I expect a project that reflects a proportionally greater amount of work. All members of the group get the same grade on the project. After the project proposal has been accepted, I will consider the membership of the group to change only if I have unanimous agreement from all the members of the group. Proposals and final projects should be submitted by one member of the group; the other members should send email confirming their participation.

If you want to use this same project for this and another class, you may request this when you submit your project proposal. The other instructor must also be consulted and approve it at that time. Again, the project will have to be proportionally larger. Such requests will be considered case by case.

Evaluation

Systematic evaluation is not required but is certainly welcome, if the nature of the project allows it.

Project proposal

The project proposal is due Monday, October 22. It should contain: None of this, except the membership list, constitutes a commitment on your part; though if you make a major change after the proposal is accepted, please consult with me. I just want to be sure that by mid-semester you have started seriously thinking about the project. The proposal will not be graded; HOWEVER IT MUST CONFORM TO ACADEMIC STANDARDS REGARDING CITING WORK THAT YOU HAVE USED.

Deliverable

The project is due Monday December 10. You should email to me and the TA: Again as will all academic projects, CITATIONS MUST BE GIVEN FOR MATERIALS, SOFTWARE, RESOURCES, IDEAS, TEXT ETC. AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR ANY ASSISTANCE FROM ANY PERSON (except myself and the TA). FAILURE TO DO SO WILL BE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING AND WILL RESULT IN A GRADE OF "F" FOR THE COURSE.