Requirements: T-0.050 Introduction to Postgraduate Studies in
Computer Science, Spring 2005
Passing the course will require following four things:
Passing is based on active participation. The formal
requirement is submission of a "Written Course Report"
that describes the details of your activity.
- Attendance to the lectures
- Practice talk on a selected topic
- Preparation personal research plan
Please, remember that the idea is not to overwhelm you
with a huge work load during the spring. Considering a 1-credit
course that would be unreasonable. Therefore, if there are
some parts that would be particularly laborous because of
a specific reason, find alternative ways of handling
Attendance to the lectures
The basic rule is that passing the course requires
attendance to the lectures/events of the course.
However, it is possible to write a report of
the topics handled in the gatherings
that you were not able to attend.
Details are given in the section "Written Course Report"
It is important to practice presentations. To pass this course, you
need to give a talk in one of the occassions organized for this
purpose or to provide evidence of
a similar activity including both a presentation and following
You are also expected to provide constructive comments on
If you are unable to to give the talk during the course
and to comment on others' presentations, there is an
alternative way to pass this part of course requirements.
Details are given in the section "Written Course Report".
Postgraduate study / research plan
Write down your current postgraduate study plan as
a research plan.
The results will be a thought-out discussion of 4-8 pages on what you plan
to do in your graduate studies.
Please, write the plan as if it were to be submitted to
Academy of Finland or some other funding agency with the following information:
- name of the researcher in charge,
- title of the research,
- background and significance of the research nationally and internationally,
- objectives and methods
- objectives of the research
- hypotheses and research methods
- schedule and intermediate objectives for the research
- ethical questions or data protection problems
- expected research results and their significance
- practical applicability of the research results and their potential exploitation
- publication and other dissemination of the research results
- means and resources
- list of courses that support the research
- optionally an annotated bibliography of about 3-5 works that are relevant for the research
http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/skill28.htm) (in practice, it
may be wise to work on articles that you are already familiar with or
that are highly relevant for your future research; even though this part is optional,
it is good habit to have an annonated bibliography already in an early stage.)
- other sources of information and resources
It is your task to select one paper close to your own interests,
read it, and provide an evaluation of it using a copy of the
IEEE standard review form
For some suggestions on how to review papers, at least in the
more technical areas of computer science, see
"Referee's Guide" by Ian Parberry
Parberry's guide discusses mainly the task of reviewing
Written Course Report
In order to pass the course, you will finalize a written
course report that has the following table of contents.
Please, take the habit to fill in things into your
report during the spring. That way you ensure
that submitting the report on time will not be
Contents of the report
All four sections need to be properly included in order
to pass the course.
1. Reports of attendance
Reports of attendance are to be written per each gathering
during the course. There are two options:
(1) If you have attended, please write just a short
comment about the basic contents (3-5 lines) like:
I attended the session on 27th of January. For me,
the most interesting things was ... I would have
liked to learn more about ...
(2) If you have not attended you
need to write a half to one page description of
the topic at hand based on the material provided
at the web page and possibly also on what you find
yourself. What is required is some reflection on
the theme: what it means to yourself, how do you
approach the theme in your own studies and research.
The gatherings/themes to be covered are listed
below (please use the numbers and titles
in the sections of your report).
1.5. Intellectual property rights
1.6. Peer reviews
1.7. Research on Computer Science and Engineering
- 1.1. Dissertation and Ph.D. life cycle
- 1.2. Publishing papers
- 1.3. Use of literature in scientific writing
- 1.4. Scientific methods and paradigms
- 1.7.1. SimLab, Enterprise Simulation Laboratory
- 1.7.2. Theoretical Computer Science
- 1.7.3. Software Business and Engineering
- 1.7.4. Computer and Information Science
- 1.7.5. Information Processing Science
- 1.7.6. Telecommunications Software and Multimedia
- 1.7.7. Software Business Research
To the report two main items are to be included:
(1) own presentation (slides),
comments of one's own presentation and summary of
others' comments, and (2) constructive
comments on 1-2 other presentations.
- 2.1. Own presentation
Please include in the report your own presentation slides,
comments of one's own presentation and summary of
others' comments. If you have attended the course
talk occassions, this part can be rather short.
If you were not able to attend, you need to follow
the following instructions: report your presentation
in another public occassion providing details of the
occasion. You also need to analyze yourself your
presentation and ask another person comment on
For the evaluation, please use the following question list:
- Did the title correspond to the contents of the talk?
- Did the speaker take into account the profile of the audience?
- Did the speaker say enough of the contents but not too much?
- Did he/she use clarifying examples
- Was the use of visual aids satisfactory: Were the slides
helpful? Were the fonts large enough? Was the use of
- Did the speaker connect to audience or did he/she, for
example, avoid eye contact?
- Did the speaker succeed in timing: did he/she finish the
talk on time? Was it too short?
- 2.2. Others' presentations
If you have attended the course talk occassions, this part
can be rather short. Please, tell whose talks you are
commenting and provide some constructive comments.
If you are not able to attend the talks during the
course, please attend a doctoral dissertation and
comment on the lectio precursoria using the question
list above. Remember that lectios are meant to
be understood by the relatives etc. who are not
experts in the area. Therefore, you do not find
a defence in your area. You can go to any defense
at HUT or even at University of Helsinki. There are
hundreds of opportunities during this spring.
3. Research plan
Please, follow the instructions provided above in preparing
your research plan.
4. Referee report
Please, follow the instructions provided above in
preparing the referee reports.
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The deadline for submitting the report is 20th of June, 2005.
Submissions arriving late may be processed much later (during spring 2006)
than the ones arriving on time. This rule is in place because of
the need for efficient use of resources and to practice meeting
deadlines that is important in researcher's career.
The report should be send to prof. Timo Honkela (timo dot honkela
at hut dot fi) as a pdf file. The parts on
attendance can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish
in colloquial style. Other parts are written in English
using formal style.
Thanks are due to prof. Pekka Orponen for this collection of resources.
Links have not (yet) been checked.
Graduate Studies & Academic Life
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Iowa State Univ. CS Grad Info Page
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W. Stallings, Computer Science Student Resource Site
UMBC CS Graduate Info Page
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Cambridge University Pres, 1984.
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Academic Press, New York, NY, 1997.
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Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, 2nd Ed.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, PA, 1998.
-  D. E. Knuth, T. Larrabee, P. Roberts, Mathematical Writing.
The Mathematical Association of America, 1996.
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American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1997.
Lähteiden käyttö ja viittaaminen tutkimksessa (P. Karonen).
(Literature Use and Citation in Research, Finnish & English.)
-  J. Zobel,
Writing for Computer Science. Springer-Verlag, Singapore, 1997.
- Technical Writing in Computer Science (J. Zobel)
-  M. Goossens, F. Mittelbach, A. Samarin, The LaTeX Companion.
Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1994.
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The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX. 2002.
- TeX Resources on the Web