NOTE: With a few exceptions (noted below in italics), each part of this assignment, like other assignments in this class, is due at the beginning of the class period. This means that if you are even a minute late, you lose 20%. If you are worried about potentially being late, turn in your completed assignment ahead of time. Do this by submitting it to me during office hours or by sliding it under my office door. Do not send assignments to me through email or leave them in my departmental mail box.
You will review in writing two approaches from the technical literature and will present one of these approaches to the class. These approaches may be related to your Large Project but they are not required to be. All technical papers must come from the primary, peer reviewed literature in artificial neural networks and/or artificial evolution. You will turn in a draft review that I will examine and use to provide feedback that you should use to improve your review for the final version. This review may be integrated into your Large Project if the topics are related. Likewise, you will turn in a draft set of slides for the technical paper presentation and I will provide feedback that you should use to improve your final slides.
The first step in this assignment is to determine your topic. This may be the same topic as the one for your Large Project or it may differ. If you choose the same topic for both assignments, you should only turn in one topic paragraph and label it as covering both assignments. If you choose separate topics for these assignments, you should turn in two separate topic paragraphs, labeled accordingly. In either case, follow the directions in that assignment in completing your topic paragraph.
The second step in this assignment is to conduct a literature search. If you have chosen the same topic for your Large Project and for this assignment, you should only turn in one list of references and label it as covering both assignments. If you have chosen separate topics for these assignments, you should turn in two separate lists of references, labeled accordingly. In either case, follow the directions in that assignment in completing your list of references.
You will write two reviews, describing two different approaches to your topic. For reach review, you need to write an approach summary and a critical evaluation.
The approach summary will include these points:
Please Note: Taking the first line or two from each paragraph in a paper, stringing them together, and changing around a few words here or there to make things read better, is NOT a summary. It is plagiarism—a form of academic misconduct. Any time you quote a source, you must include the quotation in quotation marks and clearly indicate the source of the quotation. If you find yourself with more than a couple of brief quotes in each summary, then you are quoting too much. To summarize a paper, you need to (1) read it, (2) understand it, and (3) briefly relate its main points in your own words. If you don't have your own words to describe the approach, that probably means that you don't understand the paper—you'll need to go back to steps 1 and 2 and visit me during office hours as needed to help you with step 2. (I don't expect most students to have problems understanding the difference between a summary and plagiarism. This message is for those few who do.) Again, if you don't understand what it means to describe something "in your own words," please read the University’s web pages on academic integrity, particularly the documents related to plagiarism.
The summary should run from 3 to 4 pages in length at roughly 80 characters per line, 25 lines per page. (Again, this is a guideline range. Values somewhat outside this range are acceptable. However, if you go much over 4 pages, I may take off points for being excessively verbose.)
Your critical evaluation should contain the following components:
The critical evaluation should run from 3 to 4 pages in length at roughly 80 characters per line, 25 lines per page. (Again, this is a guideline range.)
You should submit an electronic copy of your draft reviews before class through D2L. Due: Wednesday, October 7.
The final reviews will consist of all the same elements as the draft reviews. However, because you will have received feedback based on your draft reviews, the final reviews should be of higher quality. In addition, your final reviews will be accompanied by brief explanations of how your final reviews address each the shortcomings noted in my feedback on your draft reviews. You should submit an electronic copy of your final review before class through D2L. Due: Monday, November 9.
For your presentation, you must prepare draft slides.
You should submit an electronic copy of your draft slides before class through D2L. Due: Wednesday, October 21.
I will provide you with feedback on your draft slides to aid you with your revisions. You should submit an electronic copy of your final slides before class through D2L. In addition, your final slides will be accompanied by brief explanations of how your final slides address each the shortcomings noted in my feedback on your draft slides. Due: Monday, November 2, 1:00 pm.
You must also actually present your review to the class. The presentation dates are Monday, November 2 through Monday, November 16. As stated previously, your presentation will be 15 minutes long with up to 3 minutes for questions and answers. I may call on you to give your presentation on any of the scheduled presentation days. I will not announce the exact presentation schedule ahead of time. This means that you will need to attend class all of these days and be ready to present when called on. You will not be graded on your actual speaking (except that you will lose points if you fail to give a presentation). The presentation grading will be for the slides. As stated above (under "Final Technical Presentation Slides"), you will need to turn in the final draft of your slides for grading.