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Thesis/Project Policy

  • MS in Applied Computer Science

    Computer Science Thesis/Project Policy


    The Master Thesis/Non-thesis project must contain original theoretical/experimental results/ simulation findings that are suitable for scholarly publication in reputed journal/conferences/workshops/meetings/etc.


    General guidelines for Master Thesis/Non-thesis Project proposal: 


    A student in consultation with his/her thesis advisor should decide the thesis topic and submit a thesis/project proposal to thesis/project committee (comprising of thesis advisor and two faculty members from within or outside the department who are familiar with related work). It is required that student should do the above at least one full semester before the thesis/project is defended and it should be completed before other work on the thesis or project is started. The department will not approve the defense of thesis/project if student fails to submit and get his/her proposal approved by the thesis/project committee using the above guidelines.     


    Proposal Document Format of thesis/project:


    The thesis/project proposal is a written document and must follow the outline below


    Title Page: High level abstract description of work undertaken



    A detailed discussion on the work undertaken that can be reasonably understood by faculty members not working in this research area


    Thesis/project statement:

    Precise and concise statement the thesis/project, e.g. proposed hypothesis to be tested, the thesis to be defended, the project to be defended, questions to be answered, etc 



    Describe the methods and framework to be used to accomplish the thesis/project statement e.g. proposed algorithms, procedures, controls, sample size, experiments, simulation, expected results, its significance, and future extension that might give new technological development, etc



    A complete schedule for the completion of thesis/project


    Interpretation of findings/results: A detailed discussion on the interpretation and analysis of the results/findings that have been presented via charts/graphs and its comparison with existing results reported by other researchers.


    Conclusion and future work: Statement of your work, difficulties encountered and presentable results. Discussion on this proposed work can be extended with appropriate justification


    Bibliography:  A fairly complete annotated bibliography of the area of proposed work in thesis/project


    Artifacts: A description of any artifacts beside the write-up of the thesis or project (as appendix) i.e. code, user s manuals, etc.


    Signatures: A standard acceptance page including the date and all the members of thesis/project committee and the Graduate coordinator.


    I Requirements for Thesis Option:


    Proposal for Paper thesis: The following are the general questions (not limited to) that need to be addressed for each of the chapters of thesis


    Necessary background

    Statement of the problem

    Why is this problem interesting?

    Significance and application of the problem

    Thesis statement:

    What is the proposed solution?

    What does the solution do?

    Why does the proposed solution solve the problem?

    How is your proposed solution different than others?


    How to address the problem and its solution?

    Combination of proof, implementation and experimentation

    Presentation of results or simulation for the solution

    Interpretation of solution

    How does this solution different than the existing ones?

    Proof of real contribution

    Annotated bibliography

    Complete and appropriate

    A thorough literature survey in pertinent area


    Code, user s manual, any other relevant chart or basic conceptual information


    II Requirements for Non-thesis option:


    Proposal for Project:

    Necessary background for the proposed work with convincing argument that the project will offer a significant contribution that can generate a scholarly work.  The project statement should precisely and concisely describe the work. The method section should describe the requirements and expectations for the finished product and explain what will be done to assure the quality of work. The annotated bibliography should convince the committee and readers that the student is well acquainted with techniques/methodologies needed to do the work and these techniques/methodologies have been used to solve the similar problems. The contributions should reflect the importance of the work. It is important to discuss how the work will be disseminated to others.


    General comment: If the document does not satisfy the above mentioned standards or similar standards for traditional theses, the department will not approve it. Feedback and correction is an integral part of student s education and must be done in consultation with the advisor.


    Thesis/Non-Thesis Project Proposal Presentation:

    Oral presentation audience: CS faculty members who may not be acquainted with the topic

    A 15 minute oral presentation of the proposed thesis/project must be carefully organized and given to the members of thesis/project committee and the invited public. During the proposal presentation, a student must answer committee member s questions on topics like methodology used, organization and literature surveys. After the presentation, the student and public leave the room while the committee makes a decision on proposal acceptance. The result will range from unqualified acceptance to unqualified rejection.  The students will work on his/her approved proposal for his/her MS project.


    General comments: A simple restatement of the proposal document will not be acceptable. The central ideas of this document should be presented, but should be augmented by examples and explanations. The presentation will offer the opportunities to the students to practice and improve to make good presentation in future.


    The above guidelines will be followed for thesis/project proposal. Similar guidelines will be followed after the student has completed Thesis/Project work 


    Thesis/Project Defense Instructions:


    Before scheduling:

    Create and write up the Thesis/project under the supervision of your thesis/project  advisor

    Get verbal agreement from your advisor and the members of the committee that the thesis/project is in final form and has their approval.


    7-9 days before the presentation

    Provide copies of your final thesis/project for each the three members of thesis/proposal committee.

    Arrange for a data, time and place for defense of your project/thesis. Make sure that all three committee members can attend your defense. Other faculty are welcome to attend.

    Department secretary can schedule a room for you and post the announcement of your defense

    Reserve at least 45 minutes for your defense, your presentation should not exceed beyond 15-20 minutes. Remaining time will be reserved for questions from audience and committee members


    Defense day or after


    Obtain signatures of all the committee members and graduate coordinator on the acceptance page in your thesis/project..

    A copy of the published paper/scholarly work must be left with the Department Chair.

    Leave the signed copy of your thesis/project with department chair.