COT 4810 Topics in Computer Science
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (do not use the @ucf.edu 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.
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
· 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 students 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 http://z.ucf.edu/.
Consult periodically the class Web site for updated info: