Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-011


Teaching students how to be Computer Scientists through student projects

H. A. James, K. A. Hawick and C. J. James

Archived August 2004


Student project work is a vital educational component of a Computer Science degree. We have enjoyed supervising student computing projects in six different universities around the world. We attempt to distill these experiences into a ``formula'' for the time-pressured academic supervisor. We discuss project themes of recent interest to computing students and various strategies for managing portfolios of student projects for the greatest benefit of both the students concerned and the supervisors. We expect many colleagues will share our views and will have had similar experiences but we note a surprising ``silence'' in the Computing Science Education literature.

Keywords: Final year student projects; computing culture; research training

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  author = {H. A. James and K. A. Hawick and C. J. James},
  title = {Teaching students how to be Computer Scientists through student projects},
  booktitle = {Proc. Seventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2005)},
  year = {2005},
  editor = {Alison Young and Denise Tolhurst},
  series = {CSTN-011},
  pages = {259-267},
  address = {Newcastle, Australia},
  month = {30 January - 3 February},
  organization = {Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology},
  publisher = {Australian Computer Science Communications, Vol 42, Number 5}

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