There are various components of the course that will contribute to your
final grade. This includes parts of your senior
project work, as well as your work in the seminar itself. These factors, along with their contribution to your overall grade, are:
Seminar Participation (70% of your overall grade)
Senior Project Work (30% of your overall grade)
- Research Paper Presentations - 40%
- Participation in Research Paper Discussions on class Wiki - 15%
- Participation in Research Paper Discussions in class - 15%
More on Senior Project Grading
- Senior Project Initial Project Description (one paragraph
description) - 5%
- Senior Project Annotated Bibliography - 5%
- Senior Project Extended Abstract - 5%
- Senior Project Literature Review - 15%
Since your CS 190 grade includes your work on your senior project in
the fall, you should understand how this work will be evaluated.
Below are some more specific criteria that we use in grading your
senior project (or thesis) in the fall as well as in the
You'll find more details on this in the guide to the senior
exercise (see bottom of page 3, Section 1.2).
We do not intend to assign a percentage grade to each of the
criteria. However, we wanted to let you know that these are the
criteria we will be evaluating when determining your project grade.
- The goal: Was it appropriately ambitious?
- The preparation: Did the literature review cover the appropriate
prior work in the area?
- The execution: Were sufficient efforts (quality and quantity both
count) made to accomplish the goal?
- The evaluation of results: Were appropriate steps taken to
evaluate the results?
- The presentations: Were the oral and written presentations clear,
understandable, and complete?
- Participation: Did the contributions and attendance during group
meetings, meetings with the advisor, and the final presentations meet
A few comments:
- On the one hand, a successful project need not be one that is
clearly better than all previous work in the area. We often learn as
much or more from experiments that fail as those that succeed.
other hand, we expect you to make your project as successful as
possible within the time constraints.
- There is an interaction between the 'goal' and 'execution.' A wonderful
execution of a trivial goal may not be worth a whole lot more than a
weak execution on a more challenging goal.
A ridiculously challenging
goal may preclude you from any success at all. We're looking for