SCMP 401 Scientific Computing Capstone Course
Spring, 19

Timothy Sullivan (Section 01)
Hayes 206
MWF 11:10-12N, TTh 10:10-11AM
Fishman 215
James Skon (Section 01)
Hayes 309c
M-F 10-11
Meeting Room: Hayes 215
The Scientific Computing Capstone class is designed to be centered on a computing project chosen by the student and supervised by a mentor generally selected from the faculty of the Scientific Computing concentration. The course encourages the student to be aware and conscious of the phases a project goes through from conception to final report. As such, students will make three presentations to the class describing the current status of the project as the semester progresses. About midway through the semester and at the end of the semester, students will present their progress and results in the form of a poster and take part in a poster session involving the rest of the class and interested scientific computing faculty.

Grades in the class are based on the following elements:

  • Project proposal (due Jan. 24th) 10%
  • Evaluation of three class presentations 45%
  • Evaluation of two poster presentations 20%
  • Attendance 25%
The project proposal is due by the time of the second class meeting (January 24th). An outline of what is expected as part of the proposal is in the schedule below.

Attendance Policy: Since active participation in presentations and their associated discussions is critical to the value of the class, attendance at every class meeting is important. The attendance portion of the grade will be an A if there are no unexcused absences, B if there is one unexcused absence, and C if there are two unexcused absences, and D if there are three unexcused absences. A student will be withdrawn from the class if more than three class meetings are missed for any reason (excused or not).

Useful Tools

  • LucidChart - a great online tool for design, including drawing system diagrams, GUI mockups, flowcharts, and more.


Date Activity Material Due Presentors
Sec 1
Sec 2
Jan 17 Introduction

Section Rosters


Jan 24 Proposals due, Meet with Professor (No class) Rubric
Sponsor Agreement Form
Written Proposal
Skon Proposal Moodle
Jan 31 Presentation 1 - Proposal Speaking Rubric ( form)
First Presentation Content Rubric
( form)
Skon Slides Moodle
Delaney, Ahmed, Jordan Emma, Kyle, Seth
Feb 7 Presentation 1 Project Design Overview   Ghada, Ben, Hannah Ben, Jack
Feb14 Presentation 1     Burke, Natalie Daniel, Margie
Feb 21 No Class, Meet with professor        
Feb 28 Presentation 2 Speaking Rubric ( form )
Project Design Content Rubric
Slides Delaney, Ahmed, Jordan Emma, Kyle, Seth
Mar 21 Presentation 2     Ghada, Ben, Hannah Ben, Jack
Mar 28 Presentation 2     Burke, Natalie Daniel, Margie
Apr 4 Poster session   Poster    
Apr 11 Presentation 3 - Project Results/Demo Speaking Rubric ( form )
Third Presentation Content Rubric
Apr 18 Presentation 3        
Apr 25 Presentation 3        
May 2 Presentation 3        
May 9
8:30 a.m.
Poster Session   Poster    
We want to do everything we can so that everyone is able to fully participate in class and has a successful experience in physics. Please contact me immediately if there is anything preventing your free and open participation in class. Additionally, if you have a learning or physical disability and need accommodation, we encourage you to contact me, but more importantly, to contact Erin Salva (x5453, in the Dean of Academic Advising office to determine appropriate and effective accommodation well before any such accommodations are needed.

We also believe that each of you owns a piece of us for the high price of your tuition (and we enjoy getting to know each of you better). Please do not hesitate to take advantage of our office hours. If you have conflicts during all of our office hours, please email me to arrange an appointment. Or you can try just dropping by the office. We both spend a lot of time in our departments and, if our office door is open, we will be happy to see you.

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