Term Paper: Final Term Paper Guidelines
It's time to put together your final term paper! You should first write a rough draft, in the format below. Then polish your thoughts, ideas, and their expression until you are satisfied you have done the best job you can. Write your final draft, and turn it in.
Your paper should follow the outline presented here. You can deviate from it, but if you do so substantially, you should have an extremely good reason.
Create a separate page with the title of your paper, your name, email address, the course (ECS 15), the quarter and year (Spring Quarter 2007), the instructor's name (Matt Bishop), and the date.
This subsection states your topic, or describes your narrowed subject area.
Please explain why you wanted to do this research in this subsection.
1.3. Additional information
Here, you should add any other related introductory material. You can add additional subsections if you need to.
2. Statement of Purpose
In this section, please present the questions your paper will answer, and an overview of the organization of the paper.
3. Basic Description
This section may have a number of subsections. Describe your topic in some detail. Your report should include references to facts you learned in your research. Organize your points in clear, distinct sections that describe things like the technology, hardware requirements, user interfaces, or different software packages that you investigated.
You must also address the most important research questions, especially how computers are being used to solve problems in a particular field and why. For example, you could investigate how computers have changed the work done in this field; did they enable work to be done more quickly, more thoroughly, or more accurately than before, or did they even change the nature and type of work being done?
You can divide this section into subsections corresponding to logical categories, each subsection addressing a differen aspect of computer use in your field. Or, each subsectin could address a small unit of a complex process. What is important is that the section as a whole be logically organized and easy to follow.
Important. You must cite a source for every major fact or statement in this section. This section should not contain your personal opinions about these facts or statements; those will come later in the paper.
In this section, apply the insights you learned from the class to the topic of this paper. Consider the application carefully. Give your opinions, and support them with facts. Remember, your opinion may not be "right" or "wrong", but it certainly will be "justified" or "unjustified"!
Please use your best judgement about what to include; you won't be able to include everything, so please do not try.
4.1. Factual review
This section should add your opinions about the material in section 3. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches of the different applications or packages. Basedon your research and earlier knowledge of the area, please point out areas that are not yet using computers or applications, but that would benefit from doing so.
4.2. Personal Assessment
In this section, use the points mentioned in section 4.1 to suggest directions that the use of computers in that area should take. Some questions that might help you do this are:
- Are computers being used effectively in this field?
- Could computers and applications be used better, and if so, how?
- Are the applications too complicated for novices? Are the applications sophsticated enough for experts? What do these applications lack? In what ways are the applications well designed?
- Could the systems and applications be misused? What would the effects of such misuse be? In particular, does this application pose problems with respect to the privacy of personal information? How?
On the basis of your research, is this application of computer technology appropriate and useful? Is it mature? Could the application be imporved or increased, or made more effective? This brief section should summarize what you learned, and in particular explain what you want the reader to learn from your paper.
This section begins on a new page and contains all your references: journal articles, books, Internet resources, interviews, videos, films, and so forth. The reader should be able to locate all quotations and other references, right down to the correct page. Please format your references as described in the handout Citing and Formatting References.
7. Writing the Term Paper
This section is not normally a part of a term paper. It seems appropriate for this one, though.
This section also begins on a new page after section 6 and tells the reader what hardware and software was used to create and print the term paper, and the number of words in the final version. If you used the computers in a campus lab, just say which lab; you don't have to describe the computer. If you used some other computer (such as one at your home), please tell us the name of the company that made the PC (for example, Dell or Gateway) and the operating system and version that the software ran under (Windows XP, Linux, MacOS 10.4, and so forth).
Finally, please mention any particular problems you had, or any amusing stories, related to writing this paper!
Keep track of your references as you use them. Add the full citation to a reference list. You can use a computer file, 3×5 index cards, or some other medium to record the citation. If you do not do this, you will find reconstructing the list of references, and what you used each for, very difficult!
As always, if you have questions, please see the instructor or a TA, or send us email. We're here to help you.
What to Turn In
Please turn in a printed copy of your paper. Also, submit your Word file, named "ECS 15 Term Paper.doc", in any of Word 97, Word 2000, or Word 2003 format, using MyUCDavis. Warning: do not submit a file in Word 2007 format!
The distribution of points for your term paper is as follows:
|Proper citations for controversial or detailed facts||6|
|At least 5 references in bibliography||5|
|Three references of at least 7 pages each||9|
|Grammar: −1 point for each error; note: can be negative!!!||25|
|Spelling: −1 for each newly misspelled word||10|
|Notes on production||5|
|Electronic submission as described above||10|
When you submit your paper, we will look both at content and how you present it. In particular, we will deduct one point for every grammar error that your paper contains. You can use the Word 2003 grammar checker with all style and grammar options checked (except "use of first person", because you can use "I" or "we" in the paper) to find possible grammar errors; but it does make mistakes, flagging perfectly good sentences as ungrammatical (especially passive sentences), and missing gramattically incorrect sentences. So please check carefully.
Important note: Remember, if you tell the grammar checker to ignore an error, then it will never highlight that error again.
Here is a PDF version of this document.
Requirements For The Final Term Paper
Each student must submit the final term paper. The paper must have a title page, main content, and references. The paper should be single-column, 1 inch margins, 11-point size, single-spaced, and 10-12 pages, excluding the title page, references and well marked appendices. The paper should also be written using text editors such as MS Word and Latex.
The proposal should be emailed to me in PDF (preferred) or DOC formats on or before the last day of class with [CS6204: Term Paper] in the subject line.
To facilitate the grading of your paper, please follow the suggested organization listed below.
The title page should include
- the title of the paper
- names, email addresss, and student IDs of team members
- course name, number, and instructor's name
- a maximum 300-word abstract
- three to five keywords
- contributions of each team member
For research papers, the main content of the proposal should at least include the following:
- (2 points) Discuss the background and motivation of your work.
- (2 points) Summarize the research problem
- (2 points) Summarize the proposed approach to the problem and the results
- Related work
- (3 points) Discuss research related to yours and make comparison if there are closely related work.
- Your approach
- (6 points) Describe your approach in detail. You may present your result in any way you want as long as you believe it's convincing and clear.
- Validation of your approach
- (6 points) Prove or demonstrate the effectiveness and/or efficiency of your approach. You may do this through theorems, experiments, etc.
- Conclusions and possible future work
- (2points) Summarize the conclusions of your work. Future work is optional.
- (1 points) List all the citations referenced in your paper. You will lose 5 points for each dangling reference (i.e., the reference not cited in the main text).
- Bonus points
- (10 points) The instructor may give up to 10 points extra credit to well presented papers with original contribution.
For survey papers, the main content should include the following:
- (2 points) Discuss the background
- (2 points) Summarize the surveyed research area and explain why the surveyed area has been studied.
- (3 points) Summarize the classification scheme you used to do the survey.
- (2 points) Summarize the surveyed techniques with the above classification scheme.
- Survey details
- (6 points) Present the surveyed techniques using the classification scheme in details.
- (3 points) Identify the trends in the surveyed area. Give evidences for your decision.
- Conclusions and possible future work
- (3 points) Summarize the conclusions of your survey.
- (3 points) List all the citations referenced in your paper. You will lose 5 points for each dangling reference (i.e., the reference not cited in the main text).