This course permits graduate students in computer science to work with other students and a faculty mentor to explore a topic in depth and apply principles and skills learned in the formal computer science courses to a real world problem. Students will work in self-organized groups of two to five students on a topic selected from a published list. Since students will have selected different courses to meet degree requirements, students should consider the combined strengths of the group in constituting their team. Each team will prepare a proposal, interim reports, a final report, and an oral presentation. The goal is to produce a publication quality paper and substantial software tool. This course has no formal content; each team should meet with their faculty mentor at least once a week and is responsible for developing their own timeline and working to complete it within one semester. The total time required for this course is comparable to the combined class and study time for a formal course.
Seven computer science graduate courses including two courses numbered 605.7xx, all CS foundation courses, and meeting the track requirement; or admission to the post-master's certificate program. Students must also have permission of a faculty mentor, the student's academic advisor, and the program chair.
Students may not receive graduate credit for both 605.795 and 605.802 Independent Study in Computer Science II. This course is only offered in the spring.