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Course Project

The course project is built up over the course of the semester in stages. All written submissions should be formatted according to ACL 2012 guidelines (see formatting instructions and Word and Latex templates). Use of Latex is encouraged.

All submissions are via Blackboard.

Project ideas

Articulate some ideas for what you might like to do for your course project. 

Requirements:

  • Length: 1 page
  • Discuss 1-3 project ideas
  • you should have at least three references

Project proposal

Describe the project, relevant background.  Topic ideas will be discussed in class prior to the project proposal draft due date. Students interested in working in pairs on their projects are welcome to do so, but should discuss this with the instructor.

Requirements:

  • discuss the topic with the instructor before writing the proposal
  • Length: 3 pages + 1 page for references (Ten percentage points will be taken off for every page over the limit)
  • contains at least 6 references
  • no acknowledgements
The draft will be evaluated primarily on written expression, coherence of argument, and originality of research topic. Feedback will be given both on writing and content.

Progress report

The progress report is a revision and extension of the proposal. It should take into account all comments given on the proposal. Expect it to require significant rewriting, as opposed to just editing of the proposal. In addition, it should include an update on progress to date.

Requirements:

  • Length: 6 pages + 1 page for references (Ten percentage points will be taken off for every page over the limit)
  • contains at least 10 references
  • no acknowledgements
It will be graded primarily on written expression and coherence of argument and evidence of progress in implementation and execution. Feedback will be given both on writing and content.

Project paper

The final report builds on the progress report and presents the project results and conclusions

Requirements:

  • 8 pages in length +1 page for references (Ten percentage points will be taken off for every page over the limit)
  • contains at least 15 references.
  • you may include acknowledgments (but you don't need to acknowledge us)
The grade will be based on the final product (program, corpus, etc) and the written report.

Presentation

Each student will give a presentation on his or her project in the last week of class. Requirements:

  • Duration of talk: 11 minutes
  • Question period: 3 minutes
  • Powerpoint or PDF slides submitted to the instructor by 11am on Nov. 30.
  • See the scoring rubric to be used to grade your presentations (TBA).
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