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COURSE NUMBER: CMPT 480
COURSE TITLE: Practicum I
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Andrew Tappenden
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(130 hours)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a placement of 10 hours per week in a commercial, industrial or non-profit setting under the supervision of a computing professional. One of CMPT 480 and 481 must be in the non-profit sector. The intern will be expected to maintain a reflective journal and complete a summary paper.

Prerequisites: Twelve credits in computing science at the 300-level and consent of instructor
PROJECT DEFINITION: All projects for CMPT 480/481 shall share the following common goals:
  • The projects shall be beneficial to the student by providing an opportunity to develop skills and/or research knowledge in the discipline of Computing Science.
  • The projects shall be well defined and tractable.
  • The projects shall be substantial. It is expected that any project the student shall complete will be appropriate for a senior level Computing Science course.
  • The project shall be the property of the student insofar as it will be necessary for the student to disseminate  into  the  public  domain  knowledge  directly  related  to  this  project  unless  other agreements with the client have been reached. Knowledge gained by the student outside the scope of  the  project  shall  remain  exclusively  the  property  of  the  supervisor  or  supervising  business unless  otherwise  mutually  agreed  upon.  (If  the  project  involves  propriety  information  or  trade secrets, a separate agreement with the client may be necessary. Please discuss this with potential clients and your faculty coordinator.)
  • A  final  mark 1   for  the  course  shall  be  determined  on  the  basis  of  the  student’s  performance  asmeasured  by  the  student’s  ongoing  performance
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Ongoing Performance50%
Log book15%
Midterm Report15%
Final Report15%
Oral Presentation (The student must pass the oral presentation to pass the course.)5%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: CMPT 480/481 are project based courses designed to provide students with experience in a commercial, industrial  or  non-pro!t  setting  under  the  supervision  of  a  computing  professional  or  other  suitable supervisor. At least one of these courses must be completed for a non-pro!t organization. It is expected that the student will receive 10 hours of contact time per week, on average, over the course of a term (13 weeks)
or the equivalent thereof.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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