A research project applying computational approaches to a biological problem. The project is (co)-supervised by a professor in Computer Science and/or Biology. A program advisor from each department has to approve the project.
Welcome to COMP 401 - the undergraduate research component of the CS&Bio joint major! This class will be utterly unlike most other classes you have taken. During this course, you will conduct a research project under the guidance of a professor (typically from either Computer Science or Biology).
Office hours: By appointment.
Course Webpage: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~jeromew/comp401.html
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
Your COMP 401 experience will primarily stem from the research that you do. As a result, the structure of this course is built around making that time as focused and productive as possible. With this in mind, the course will proceed through the three stages described below.
Stage 1: Finalize project proposal
Weeks 1 – 3: identify a supervisor and a project. You will do this on your own. Once you have found a supervisor and narrowed in on a project, you will write up a 1-page project proposal. You will submit this to me and I will use it to evaluate whether your research project satisfies the (relatively flexible) guidelines of the course. I will be checking projects for three criteria:
Stage 2: Research
Weeks 3 – end of semester: conduct your research. I am not involved in this at all.
Stage 3: Final Report
On the last day of class, you must submit your final project report. Project reports should be at least 5 pages (not including figures and bibliography). A report should be written in the style of a journal publication – meaning that it should include the following sections: Introduction, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. A bibliography is essential and must be included. Your project report will be lightly graded on presentation and with most emphasis placed on content. It's expected that you write your report with feedback from your advisor prior to submitting it to me (this will help with presentation and content). Note that I don't expect this to be a perfect, publication-worthy manuscript – but I expect it to be written well enough for me to understand what you did, why it was important, and so forth.
|September 22||Project proposal due||This is an informal document in which you provide a detailed description|
|October 4||Final project proposal due||If I respond to your initial project proposal with questions or concerns, you have until this date to revise and address them – ultimately submitting a revised version that will be considered the final proposal.|
|December 5||Project report due||As described above, the 5+ page project report must be submitted by the end of classes. Crucially, this is what I will use to assign you a grade – so you may well have additional work to do for your advisor. So don’t think that you need to have finished your project in order for you to write your final report. Note that, except for personal emergencies and the like, I will not give extensions.|
Use of French in assignments and exams
In accordance with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offenses under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
If you have any additional question, you can contact the instructor:
3630 University Street, Room 3106, Montreal QC H3A 0C6
(Phone) +1 514 398 5018