Information for Seniors
See the Registrar's Office's page for details on the graduation process. If your DPR shows something missing, please schedule an appointment with an Advisor. Make sure to complete your Senior Oral Presentation and your Senior Electives.
Senior Oral Presentation
Good oral and written communication skills are essential for a successful software career today. Objective 4 in our Mission Statement states:
"Students will demonstrate the ability to give presentations and write technical reports."
Students will fulfill the written requirement by passing CSC 300 GWAR, but still need to complete the oral presentation requirement separately. The Senior Oral Presentation requirement ensures that students practice presenting technical material and fulfill this education objective. The Senior Oral Presentation is a short technical talk with supporting materials, on a computing-related topic. Students usually complete their oral presentation requirement in an advanced CSC class that they are taking. This is often one of the advanced requirements (415, 510, 600, 648), or one of the senior electives. A presentation must be supervised and evaluated by a faculty member, usually the instructor of the class hosting the presentation.
You should choose the class and faculty member for your oral presentation, one semester before your proposed graduation date; for example, for May 2020 graduation, you should try to arrange your presentation for the Fall 2019. At the beginning of the semester, talk with a faculty member to make arrangements for an oral presentation. Each faculty member and class has different presentation guidelines; some classes do not accommodate presentations.
You will prepare your presentation and give the talk on the scheduled date. Your supervising faculty will evaluate the presentation and submit their evaluation to the department. The presentation will be graded on the quality of the slides (legibility and correctness), presentation style (e.g., volume and pace, eye contact, response to questions), content (e.g., organization, description of technical details), and time management.
If your presentation is unsatisfactory, you may have to spend more time preparing, and repeat the presentation until it is satisfactory.
Good resources with advice on how to write technical reports:
- UMBC Article: Some Advice on Writing a Technical Report
- Columbia University Article: Writing Technical Articles
- Columbia University Article: Common Bugs in Writing
Good resources for preparing oral presentations:
All CSC majors must complete four 3-unit senior electives. Students may choose 12 units from among the following courses:
- CSC 508: Machine Learning and Data Science for Personalized Medicine
- CSC 520: Theory of Computing
- CSC 615: UNIX Programming
- CSC 620: Natural Language Technologies
- CSC 621: Biomedical Imaging & Analysis
- CSC 630: Computer Graphics Systems Design
- CSC 631: Multiplayer Game Developement
- CSC 637: Software Techniques for Computer Music
- CSC 641: Computer Performance Evaluation
- CSC 642: Human-Computer Interaction
- CSC 644: Computer Measurements
- CSC 645: Computer Networks
- CSC 649: Search Engines
- CSC 650: Secured Network Systems
- CSC 651: Systems Administration
- CSC 652: Introduction to Security and Data Privacy
- CSC 653: Network Security
- CSC 656: Computer Organization
- CSC 657: Bioinformatics Computing
- CSC 664: Multimedia Systems
- CSC 665: Artificial Intelligence
- CSC 667: Internet Application Design and Development
- CSC 668: Advanced Object Oriented Software Design and Development
- CSC 675: Introduction to Database Systems
- CSC 676: Soft Computing and Decision Support Systems
- CSC 680: Application Development for Mobile Devices
- CSC 690: Interactive Multimedia Application Development
- CSC 698: Topics in Computing
- CSC 699: Independent Study
- MATH 400: Numerical Analysis
- MATH 425: Applied and Computational Linear Algebra
Students are advised to check their university and college regulations regarding academic standing requirements. It is occasionally possible to use a course taken in a different department or at another university to satisfy elective requirements. Any course substitutions must be approved in advance by a Senior Advisor.