Proposed Changes to Independent Courses
With this change, we are trying to address two sets of concerns:
- The first is that our capstone Senior Research course (CS3901) is being utilized by more and more of our students without any control on quality of what the students are generating.
- Second, the Provost's office would like all units to adopt four new courses (2698, 2699, 4698, and 4699) for undergraduate research to help them track the amount of undergraduate research across the campus. Students would enroll for the appropriate course depending on whether they're lower-division (2698 or 2699) or upper-division (4698 or 4699), whether they're working for pay (audit-only 2698 or 4698) or for credit (2699 or 4699).
The College Undergraduate Committee has approved these four courses, and the attached form for students to use to sign up for ALL of our Independent Courses: CS3901, 4903, and the new 2698, 2699, 4698, and 4699. In this new system, to enroll for a capstone CS3901 course, students will be required:
- To have taken at least one (preferably relevant to the research) specialization course, so that it is a capstone course.
- To prepare a PROPOSAL with at least two references, showing that they have done some exploration of the area, which must be completed in the term PRIOR to the proposed research.
- To PRESENT the research in some forum, either in the Spring UROC Symposium, or by a submission to the newly established on-line College of Computing Undergraduate Research Journal.
I have asked the Dean for only FIVE minutes in the faculty meeting on Tuesday, so PLEASE do take a look at the attached form and the additional materials at http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/guzdial/34 as you'd like (such as the course proposals, the letter from the Provost arguing for the courses, and an FAQ about the new CS3901 process). Send me your questions early, and I'll answer them right off the bat, or have your questions ready for when we get there.
I hope to call the vote on the four courses quickly at the meeting Tuesday. Our goal is to start the new CS3901 process FOR THIS FALL: Students already registered for Fall CS3901 don't have to worry about the proposal, but students registering this summer will need to write the proposal, and ALL FALL CS3901 students will have to present their work.