Department of Information Technology

Term paper (DRAFT)

The purpose of the assignment is:

  • To learn how to find information in professional scientific magazines and journals
  • To be able to summarize, evaluate and present material from the literature
  • To write a paper in a team of 2-4 persons and to give constructive critique on papers written by another team.

Writing a paper

You write a paper about a topic selected from the seminar areas topics. The paper should be based on scientific articles that you yourself select and evaluate. The selected topics should either be more in-depth from the seminar presentations, or other topics which we did not cover. Pick a topic that looks fun. You will work in teams of 2-4 students.

The papers will be presented on May 30 and 31. Each team will get 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for the opposition. You need to organize both parts so that you say the most important things during these times. The allocated time for the assigment is three weeks of full-time work for each team member. You need split the work yourself between the members, but you are not allowed to split such that some of you do the writing while others do the opposition. All members must participate in all phases of this assignment.

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Your role as an opponent

You should also make an oral opposition on a paper written by another team. This means that you have to study the background area for the paper and give constructive comments on the paper when it is presented. The purpose of an opposition is stimulate a discussion about the choice of material and the conclusions. The idea is to give constructive critique to improve the paper. As opponents, you are not expected to grade the paper, or to correct formulations or the language.

In summary, you will study two topics: one as writers and one as opponents. In the process of writing, presenting and opposing a term paper, you will work with the papers in the same way as "real" scientific papers are written, presented and judged by others.

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The deadlines for turning in the term papers will be strictly followed. Late submission of term papers will be silently ignored and will not be graded. Also, you cannot do a presentation at a time other than the allocated slot.

Submission deadline of topic proposals - March 8, at 08:00

The team may select up to three topics in order of preference and mail ( them to the instructors for approval. (Check if there are other students who are also interested in the area so that you can team up.) If there are two teams who are interested in the same topic, we will suggest different groups to study different aspects of the topic or suggest an alternative topic. Approval will be started to be mailed out March 9.

You will be assigned an instructor or graduate student who will advise you how to organize the paper and to help you how to find relevant (and in some cases mandatory) references. The advise times will be scheduled and you can sign up for different times. These times and location will be announced on the course web page. Please, search for references and think about the objective of the paper before meeting the adviser in order to make the meeting effective. Therefore, an email with a preliminary outline (Table of Content) with intended references should be mailed to the main instructor and/or your advisor before a scheduled meeting or no later than March 24. The outline should not be longer than a page.

Guidance - physical meeting - prel March 25, 13-16 and/or April 8, 15-16 .

Deadline for turning in the paper is May 10, 16:00 This is a strict deadline. You should submit your term paper to your adviser's mailbox, preferable as pdf-files (paper copies should then be scanned into pdf-files). Enclose copies of your articles that you based the paper on in order to save time for your opponents. Your advisor will check the quality of your term paper once you submit it. If a paper is not good enough, we will contact the authors and they will get a chance to revise it before distributing it to the opponent group.

Deadline for revised papers is May 19, 16:00

Revised papers must be turned in no later than 16:00 on May 19 by submitting a paper copy to the advisor's mailbox and electronically to the appointed opponents.

Distribution of papers to opponents

The papers will be distributed as soon as possible to the opponents, but no later than May 23.

Presentation and opposition May 30 and 31 Detailed presentation schedule will be announced on the course web pages. In case you have a special request for a time for your presentation or opposition you must also send an email about your request to your adviser no later than May 19.

Mandatory participation

The participation of all students writing term papers is mandatory during the paper presentations. Participation for everyone is mandatory during the project presentations. Project students are of course welcome to the paper presentations too! The presentations will also be open for other faculty and graduate students at the department.


Each team will be graded according to the following factors:

  • The paper, content, organization and conclusions
  • Presentation of the paper
  • Opposition of another team's paper

Different weight will be given to these grading factors and the final grade for the term paper will be U, 3, 4 or 5.

Updated  2011-05-13 15:05:00 by Per Gunningberg.