Teaching StaffInstructor: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Associate Professor
Office: 311 Davis Hall
Office Hours: W, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, or by appointment
Email: dimitrio [at] buffalo
Time and LocationLectures: T/Th, 2:00 - 3:20 PM, Davis 113A
Course DescriptionThe course provides guidance about graduate studies in CSE for incoming Ph.D. students. Registration and attendance are required for all new Ph.D. students. Topics include: academic integrity, the nature of research, good teaching and TA skills, writing skills, presentation skills, and resources available for graduate study in computer science. The course will include appropriate written assignments and oral presentations.
Pre-requisitesThis course is open only to Ph.D. students.
Required TextbookThere is no required textbook for the course. If you need a reference book for writing, "The Elements of Style", 4th edition, by Strunk and White is a classic. The "Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences," 2nd edition, by Nicholas Higham might also be useful.
Grading(Tentative and subject to change)
This is a one (1) credit course with an S or U grading. To get a satisfactory (S) grading you will have to satisfy three components:
Regular attendance is required. You must come to class, and you must come on time. Please be courteous: The class starts at 2 PM, not at 2:10 PM. You will be asked to sign up at the beginning of each class.
To get a satisfactory (S) grade, you need to attend at least twelve (12) classes.
You will submit three reports during the semester. The report MUST be in PDF -- any other format is not acceptable. Here some more logistics:
You will give a 10-minute presentation (7-8 min talk plus 2-3 min Q&A) in class on a technical topic (related to CSE) of your choice. The presentations will be on the last two lectures, i.e. Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5.
DisabilitiesIf you have a diagnosed disability (physical, learning, or psychological) that will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, or that requires accommodations such as recruiting note-takers, readers, or extended time on exams or assignments, you must consult with the Office of Disability Services (60 Capen Hall, Tel: 645- 2608, TTY: 645-2616, Fax: 645-3116, http://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/who-we-are/departments/accessibility.html.
You must advise your instructor during the first two weeks of the course so that we may review possible arrangements for reasonable accommodations.