Project Grades

Evaluation of projects is based on the following areas:

  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Problem identification/significance
  • Solution design
  • Use of new technologies (new to the student)
  • Quality and style of the written report
  • Quality of the oral presentation

Pass with Distinction is granted only to those candidates whose performance is superior in most of the above areas and if the written draft presented at the presentation requires only minimal revision. Faculty advisors that want to award the Pass with Distinction grade must email a brief rationale to the Graduate Program Director.

Additional guidelines that might be helpful include, but are not limited to:

  • The student's performance on the oral presentation is superior.
  • The student showed extraordinary initiative and originality.
  • The project is clearly in the top 10 percent of projects within the School of Computing and Information Systems.
  • The project report is publishable at a peer-reviewed venue, in part or whole.
  • The project had a significant impact on a company or industry.

Pass is the usual decision. It is awarded to students whose thesis work is good in all of the areas above, or whose work is superior in a few, but not most of the areas of evaluation.

No Credit is given when the work does not merit a passing grade.

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Page last modified April 25, 2015