CSc 194 -- Spring 2019
Computer Science Seminar


  • Seminar Flyer

    Course Syllabus

    Instructor
    Scott Gordon
    RVR 5040, phone: 278-7946
    gordonvs@ecs.csus.edu

    Office Hours
    Wed 2-4 (RVR 3018)
    Thurs 3-5 (RVR 5040)
    Please feel free to drop by my office at other times.


    Canvas will be used for submitting assignments.

    Class Meetings
    Friday 9:00-11:00 -- University Union
    (selected dates and exact rooms shown on above schedule)

    First class meeting (Jan 25 only)
    [section 1] 09:00-09:50 -- Riverside Hall 1015
    [section 2] 10:00-10:50 -- Riverside Hall 1015

    Course Overview
    A series of periodic seminars on Computer Science topics. These seminars cover topics not normally taught in CSUS Computer Science courses, focusing on presentations by industry professionals on working conditions, real-world environment, and job opportunities.

    Course Materials
    Handouts and online materials provided as necessary.
    There is no textbook required.

    Prerequisite
    Upper division or graduate status in Computer Science.

    Here is the current flyer describing the upcoming talks:
    Seminar Flyer

    Important Dates
    Mon-Fri March 18-22 Spring Break (no classes)
    Note: there is NO final exam in this class.

    Course Requirements

    Lectures
    Students are expected to attend at least 5 out of the 6 scheduled seminars. Seminars will be held on certain Fridays of this semester, 9:00-11:00am, usually in the Redwood Room of the Union. (The second lecture, on February 15th, is in the new Cottonwood Suite). Credit is given only for attending the entire 2-hour seminar.

    The seminar schedule is posted on this website. If there are any changes to the schedule, they will be announced at the seminars and posted to this webpage.

    Writing Requirement
    For each seminar attended, students are required to write a roughly 1-page report (double-spaced, 12-pt Times-Roman font) consisting of the following:
    • Your name, the presenter's name, date of presentation, and date of your report.
    • A one paragraph summary of the presentation.
    • A discussion of what you learned from the seminar that you did not know before the seminar.

    You will submit each report as a .pdf file using Canvas.

    Reports are due within ONE WEEK of each seminar presentation.

    Grading
    Students in this course will receive a letter grade.

    Students attending 5 seminars (AND submitting acceptable reports for all 5 of them) will receive an A.
    Students attending 4 seminars (AND submitting acceptable reports for all 4 of them) will receive a B.
    Students attending 3 seminars (AND submitting acceptable reports for all 3 of them) will receive a C.
    Students attending 2 seminars (AND submitting acceptable reports for both of them) will receive a D.
    Students attending less than 2 seminars will receive an F.

    Reports will be considered acceptable based on completeness, clarity, writing style, and how well they relate to the content of the seminar.

    Incomplete Grades
    University guidelines regarding the grade of Incomplete will be strictly adhered to. Incomplete grades will only be given under extraordinary conditions beyond a student's control. Inability to keep up with the work due to an excessive course load, for example, is insufficient to warrant an Incomplete. A student who does not have a passing grade based on the work completed thus far at the time of the request is ineligible for an Incomplete.

    Students on military reserve whose units go on active duty during or around the final exam period are eligible for an Incomplete.


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