COSC/EATS/PHYS 4001.06: Space and Communication Sciences Workshop
Course Director & E-Mail contact: Prof. N. Bartel,
Meetings: occasional meetings (time/location to be
Office Hours: Petrie 331 Mo: 1:30--2:00
Individual projects will be assigned by mutual agreement
between the student and a faculty member. The work may be done under supervision
by the faculty member, or under supervision of an industrial associate to
that faculty member. The projects will be self-contained problems of a design
nature, and will be pursued in the manner of a space project. Thus, the first
step is to define the requirements of the design, the second is to carry out
a review of previous work, and the third is to execute the design. Following
that, the design shall be tested, normally through simulation, and conclusions
drawn. A report of professional quality shall be written and submitted.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of the 3000-level
courses in the Space and Communication Science core.
- Faculty members interested in supervising projects
submit to the course director short project descriptions in electronic (ascii)
form, with the following information:
These project descriptions will be made available on WWW
pages (as soon as they are received). Each student
selects one or more projects of interest to him or her and applies for the
project by submitting to the project supervisor a short resume. Alternately,
a student and a supervisor can prepare a proposal for a project. For
larger projects several students can work on different aspects of the
project. Details should be discussed with the course director. If the student's
background is not suitable for the project, the supervisor has the right to
refuse to supervise the student. If a student is unable to find a supervisor
through the normal route described above, he or she should contact the course
Each student completes the course
contract with his or her supervisor, and forwards a copy to the course
director. The contract must specify the requirements of the project, including
deliverables (e.g., software or hardware) and the criteria for the evaluation
of the project. The amount of work expected of the student is the equivalent
of a full-year course, i.e. approximately 10 hours per week over the full
academic year (Fall and Winter term). A supervisor is expected to allocate
approximately 1 hour/week for the supervision of every project over the
full academic year, and to provide continuous feedback.
Since this is a mandatory course, the course director
will act to ensure that different supervisors use more or less uniform criteria
to measure the progress and to evaluate projects. To this end, the course
director will be familiar with the contents of the projects by attending
the presentations and receiving copies of the written reports. A project
supervisor may discuss the course standards with the course director, but
the grades are assigned by the supervisor.
Any questions of administrative or organizational
nature should be addressed to the course directors.
- Requirements in hardware/software
- Background required
- Supervisors name, phone number and e-mail address.
Each component of the project evaluation will receive a
letter grade. For the purposes of averaging, letter grades will be converted
to numeric values according to the scheme presented in the University's undergraduate
calendar for Pure and Applied Science.
Letter Point Interpretation
A+ 9 Exceptional
A 8 Excellent
B+ 7 Very Good
B 6 Good
C+ 5 Competent
C 4 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 Passing
D 2 Barely Passing
E 1 Marginally Failing
F 0 Failing
Each student will make two presentations:
- the status report at the end of the Fall term. Exact time and location
will be given later.
- the final presentation at the end of the Winter term. Exact time and location will be given later.
Last update: Nov. 1, 2004.