COSC 4001.06 Space and Communication Sciences Workshop
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Course director: R. Michael Wharton

Last updated January 12, 1998

Course administration

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    If multiple candidates apply for a project, the supervisor has the right to select the most qualified student. 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 director.

  3. The 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.

  4. The amount of work expected of the student is the equivalent of a full-year course, i.e. an approximate 10 hours per week over the full academic year (Fall and Winter term). The amount of time a supervisor is expected to spend with each student is of the order of 1 hour/week over the full academic year and provide continuous feedback.

  5. Because this is a mandatory course, the course director acts to ensure that different supervisors use more or less uniform criteria of progress and evaluation.

    To fulfill this role, the course director must stay aware of the content 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.

  6. Any questions of administrative or organizational nature should be addressed to the course directors.

Grading guidelines

Each component of 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 grade value 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

To get a good grade in this course, a student should not only have a good final report, but also consistent progress during the academic year.


Each student will make two presentations, one near the end of the fall term, on the project proposal, and the other near the end of the winter term, on the status of the project at that time.