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Student Conference in Computing Science, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Student Conference in Computing Science

This syllabus is valid: 2023-06-26 and until further notice

Course code: 5DV184

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Computing Science: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: TH teknisk betygsskala

Responsible department: Department of Computing Science

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2017-08-08

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2023-03-07


The purpose of the course is to practice scientific writing, scientific conduct and support quality of research. The course is organized to mimic a scientific conference. The student should formulate and through research answer a new and non-trivial research question in the field of computing science. The student then writes a paper under the teacher's supervision and with the aid of peer reviewing. The final version of the paper is submitted via a conference system and reviewed by anonymous reviewers. All accepted papers are published in a technical report by the Department of Computing Science and presented by the author at an internal conference.





Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding
After having completed the course the student will be able to: 

  • (FSR 1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a subfield (beyond Bachelor-level) of computer science. The subfield is chosen by the student based on his/her previous studies and in consultation with the course responsible teacher.

Skills and Abilities
After having completed the course the student will be able to: 

  • (FSR 2) demonstrate ability to apply knowledge and understanding (see FSR 1) in a new situation, that is, based on a (by the student) identified Computing Science problem formulate a research question and use a relevant methodology for answering it,
  • (FSR 3) demonstrate ability to analyze and evaluate results of the application in FSR 2,
  • (FSR 4) identify the relevant scientific literature for a specific research question using different scientific databases and search engines,
  • (FSR 5) write and orally present a scientific article in English,
  • (FSR 6) provide constructive feedback on another student's work,
  • (FSR 7) receive feedback on the work and use it to improve their article,
  • (FSR 8) work in a team and take shared responsibility for the peer-review groups' progress,
  • (FSR 9) demonstrate experience of writing a scientific article for a conference that applies the peer-review system and hard deadlines.

Values and Attitudes
After having completed the course the student will be able to: 

  • (FSR 10) demonstrate a zero tolerance policy with respect to plagiarism or copyright infringement and
  • (FSR 11) show an attitude of academic honesty and integrity with respect to research conduct.

Required Knowledge

At least 90 ECTS, including 60 ECTS Computing Science. At least 7.5 ECTS Computing Science on the advanced level. Proficiency in English equivalent to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

The course comprises lectures on scientific writing, presentation techniques, how to find literature, and what characterizes good research quality. Additional instructions are given as feedback during peer-review meetings, and as individual supervision. A significant portion of the course consists of individual work.

Examination modes

The examination on the course consists of written assignments, seminars, and oral presentations.

Based on a combined assessment of all parts of the examination, the student receives one of the following grades: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Merit (4), or Pass with Distinction (5).

Adapted examination
The examiner can decide to deviate from the specified forms of examination. Individual adaptation of the examination shall be considered based on the needs of the student. The examination is adapted within the constraints of the expected learning outcomes. A student that needs adapted examination shall no later than 10 days before the examination request adaptation from the Department of Computing Science. The examiner makes a decision of adapted examination and the student is notified.



Other regulations

In an exam this course may not be included, in whole or in part, simultaneously with another course of similar content. Specifically, this course can not be included in a degree together with 5DV144 Student conference in Computing Science. If in doubt, consult the student counselors at the Department of Computer Science.

If the syllabus has expired or the course has been discontinued, a student who at some point registered for the course is guaranteed at least three examinations (including the regular examination) according to this syllabus for a maximum period of two years from the syllabus expiring or the course being discontinued.


Valid from: 2023 week 26

Zobel Justin
Writing for computer science
3. ed. : London : Springer : [2014] : xiii, 284 s. :
ISBN: 9781447166382
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