H option students will undertake a term research project in consultation with the instructor, which would typically cover a technology for information representation not listed in the schedule of topics on the course syllabus, or an in-depth focus on some aspect of a topic that is listed. The student would confer with the instructor several times during the semester to propose and receive approval of the topic and discuss progress of the research. The final deliverable of the project would include a written report, and typically (but not necessarily, depending on the project) a computer software demonstrating the technology. Normally, the paper and/or software should be about 5 pages of prose and/or computer code.
The learning objective is to discover knowledge about information representation beyond the depth or breadth presented in lectures and assigned readings, by independent research. For an undergraduate, this ``research'' would typically involve searching, reading, understanding, and critically evaluating scientific papers, whether in print or online. Thus, the project contributes to the Honors Program's goal of developing strong researchers.
The oral and written reports delivered for the project should:
Software, if any, should function correctly and exhibit good programming style.
These suggestions are not meant to limit the student's choices.
All projects must be approved by the instructor.