Computer Science 684 – Spring 2012

**Individual
Presentation**

You
must find and read an article/paper on an interesting topic in the field of
software architecture and prepare a presentation for the class based on that
paper. You should attempt to find a paper
from a technical journal or professional periodical where the papers have been
reviewed before being published. Try to
find papers that are available on-line to facilitate access by other students
in the class, and that are fairly short so students are not over burdened since
they may be required to read several papers in one week. If the paper you choose is long, you might
want to cover only part(s) of the paper and specify which portions other
students should read in preparation. Another
alternative is to work with another individual in the class and give a joint
presentation with each of you covering half of the material. If the paper is not available on-line it will
be your responsibility to make copies for all members of the class and the
instructor. Additionally, the paper you
select must be approved by the instructor of the course.

Presentations
can be given at any time during the semester, but you must distribute or
provide a way to access the paper you are presenting at least one week in advance. We will have at most two presentations during
one class meeting. Presentation dates
will be assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. However, you must have your paper selected
and approved before you may request a presentation date.

Rules
for the presentations:

1.
The presentation duration should be
approximately 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions and answers. (Times are doubled for joint presentations.)

2.
Your presentation should include
appropriate visuals, e.g., PowerPoint slides.

3.
Your presentation should summarize the
paper you chose and describe its relevance to this course.

4.
Be sure to emphasize what you believe
are the most important ideas expressed in the paper and describe any
disagreements you might have with the author.

For
each presentation for which you are not a presenter, see the Preparation/Review assignment.