COT 4810 – Topics in Computer Science

                        Fall 2015


General Information

COT 4810 - Topics in Computer Science, Fall 2015.

Class: Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 - 2:45 PM, ENG 2 0302.


Instructor: Dan C. Marinescu

Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 2:45 - 3:45 PM.

Office Location: HEC 304.



1. Class objectives: The emphasis of this class is on ethics and the positive, as well as,

negative impacts of technology, and in particular information technology, on the society.

The rapid pace of the developments in all areas of Computer Science requires the ability

to read and analyze critically the technical literature, technical reports, patents, and other

sources of information. Equally important is the ability to:



2. Literature. The Literature document on the class Web site provides links to several

classical and survey papers. For example, a student who chooses to make a presentation

related to Turing awards could discuss the contribution of one of the recipients of

the Turing award and emphasize the positive and negative impact of contribution to technological

development and its impact on ethics if appropriate. Keep in mind that the

presentations must have technical depth.



3. Class organization. Each student is expected to:


1. Identify two research papers and present them in class. The papers can be selected

from the literature list provided for this class or chosen by the student according his/her

interests A student involved in undergraduate research is encouraged to select papers

close to his/her research area. Emphasize the aspects of ethics and the impact of new

technology related to the topic you choose.


There are three presentations during a 75 minute session and total of 84 presentation

slots. Do not exceed the allotted time of 25 minutes per presentation. A presentation

should in Powerpoint and take 18 􀀀 20 minutes; allow at least 5 minutes for questions.


The title of both presentations together with 2 (two) alternative dates for the presenta-

tion. should be emailed to (do not use the Email address!!)

no later Thursday, September 1st, 8 AM the subject of the Email should be \COT4810-

Titles-First.Lastname." I need this information to construct the class schedule. Failure

to send the information by this deadline will be penalized to 5% of the total number of



A no show at the time of the scheduled presentation lowers the final grade by one letter



Upload your presentation in Powerpoint and the paper in pdf format to the Webcourse

         class site before the the end of the week when your presentation was scheduled.


The first presentations are scheduled for the second week of classes, Tuesday September

1st, there is no class on Thursday September 3rd. The three students willing to present

September 1st will get extra credit.


2. Each presentation should be accompanied by a paper which expands on the presentation.

The paper should be 5-6 pages long and discuss in some depth the topic of the

presentation. It could include the drawing/tables/diagrams in your presentation. The

paper should be structured as a regular paper submitted to a conference or a journal;

it should include:

a.   Title, author, and date of the draft.

b.    Abstract - a brief description of the contents of the paper (2-3 paragraphs).

c.   Introduction - in this section you should introduce the topic of your paper, discuss

      motivation, and related work.

d.    Several sections in which you discuss the problem addressed by the paper, the

       theoretical foundations, the methodology of the study, the results.

e.    Conclusions.

f.     Literature


3. Evaluate each presentation using the attached form. Remember that 20% of your grade

is based on the reviews you submit!!

_ A student can submit a review only if s(he) attended the presentation; obviously,

the presenter does not review his/her own presentation.

_ The reviews should follow the format of the attached form and should be objective,

brief, and professional.

_ Collect all the reviews and submit them all together at the end of the semester as

a single zip file to the Webcourses class site.



4. Class attendance and policies. The students are strongly encouraged to attend every

class and be active by asking questions and participating at discussion. Note that 25% of

your grade is based on class participation.

Our policy is simple, based on professional standards: you are welcome to work with

anyone else on ideas and understanding, but the writing should be your own and you should

carefully acknowledge all contributions of ideas by others, whether from classmates or from

papers you have read. Acts of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated; when detected they

lead to unconditional failure of the class as required by the newly enacted policy at UCF for

undergraduate classes1.

·        Plus/minus grading will be used.

·        If you need to reschedule a presentation, please:

1. Find another colleague willing to switch dates with you;

2. Let me know at least two weeks before your originally scheduled presentation time.


5. Grading scheme

Evaluation of the first presentation                            15%

Extended paper for the first presentation                    15%

Evaluation of the second presentation                        15%

Extended paper for the second presentation                15%

Class participation                                                          20%

Reviews and evaluations of other student presentations  20%



6. Academic conduct

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, or Cheating can include a failing grade for

an assignment or in the course, suspension or expulsion from the university, and/or

a ”Z Designation” on a student’s official transcript indicating academic dishonesty,

where the final grade for this course will be preceded by the letter

Z. For more information about the Z Designation, see


Consult periodically the class Web site for updated info: dcm/Teaching/COT4810-Fall2015.