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Luther CS Writing Requirement

The writing in the major requirement for Computer Science at Luther is satisfied by taking CS296 in conjunction with one of the upper level, 4 credit courses, numbered 300 or higher. When taking one of these courses you may elect to fullfill the writing requirement by talking to the teacher before the end of the eigth week of the semester (before the registration deadline for a second seven weeks course). By the seventh week you will have some background knowledge in the courses topic. Your paper is to expand on that background knowledge by doing a little more in-depth study of a topic related to the course you are taking. You then write a paper and present this paper as part of fullfilling this requirement.

You only have to complete CS296 for one upper division course. You are not required to do this more than once.

The purpose of the paper is to learn something about a related topic to the course you are taking in conjunction with CS296. The paper is not meant to be a research paper. Instead you should write about some existing research or related work to some topic related to the course you are taking.

To guide you in completing this requirement as a department we have established some guidelines and a timeline which are provided below.

Paper Guidelines

  • The paper must be written using LaTeX and using the style class used in this example paper. You should download the example paper as a starting point for your paper. Do not pay attention to the content of this paper as it is not indicative of the content required for this paper. However, the paper does contain samples of many LaTeX elements including figures, math, and citing sources that you will find useful when writing your paper.
  • You must attend the LaTeX writing seminar (1 day, approximately 1.5 hours in length) to learn to write using LaTeX.
  • The paper must be 5-7 pages in length and must have at least three sources cited within the paper unless otherwise arranged with the instructor.
  • The paper may include pictures and other figures, but they must be in the size and style as provided within the sample paper. Figures may not take up whole pages in the final paper. Any full page figure would result in an additional page being required in the final paper.
  • The paper will be presented at the end of the semester in a 15 minute presentation on the topic of your choice during a presentation time scheduled with your supervising instructor and during the final week of the semester.

Timeline and Milestones

The complete the paper requirement, the following timeline and milestones must be adhered to.

  • By the end of the eighth week a topic must be chosen.
  • By the end of the ninth week three sources must be identified and reported to the instructor. You arrive at these sources by meeting with Ryan Gjerde in the Library who will show you how to find sources for your topic. The meeting with Ryan is mandatory and must be completed prior to the end of the ninth week.
  • By the end of the tenth week an outline of the paper must be provided to the instructor. The outline should contain a description of any examples you intend to include in the paper. Examples are useful when writing your paper.
  • By the end of the eleventh week a first draft of the paper must be written.
  • By the end of the twelfth week you will have feedback on that first draft providing you with guidance on revising that draft.
  • By the end of the thirteenth week you will turn in your final draft and prepare a fifteen minute presentation on what you learned in writing your paper. It should contain a description of the topic you researched and any conclusions that you drew from your discovery on the chosen topic.
  • The paper presentation is done during the last week of the semester.

Any questions about how to apply these guidelines to your particular paper and/or circumstance should be directed to your teacher. Exceptions can be made to these guidelines if they do not apply to particular circumstances, but any change in expectations must be agreed upon by both the student and faculty member.