Writing Competency Requirement for Computer Science

  1. Overview: To fulfill the writing competency requirement in computer science, you must find a well-defined topic in computer science, study the related subjects, write a paper under the supervision of the faculty, submit the paper for evaluation, and have the paper approved by the faculty.
  2. Format and style of the paper: You should complete the paper based on the proposal approved by the faculty (see guideline #3) and the study you have done.
    • The paper should have a title, an abstract of its contents, a section of introduction to the main subject of the paper and the approach of the study, followed by the main technical sections to explore the subject, a section of conclusions on the findings through the study, and ended with references to books and articles cited in the paper.
    • Your paper should have at least eight pages in its contents, double spaced between lines, using Times New Romans 12-point font or its compatible fonts.
    • A paper written like a manual of computer systems is not acceptable. Your paper should be written as a regular article with all technical terms and acronyms well defined before they are used in your paper. The contents of the paper must coherently describe the topic, the study, and the findings.
  3. Rules of integrity: The paper should be the result of your own study written in sentences from your own thoughts to convey to the reader what you have learned from the study. Plagiarizing contents from books and articles will end in discipline actions including the total rejection of the paper.
  4. When to start: You should spend at least two semesters working on your writing competency paper. Except for special cases approved by the faculty in advance, you should start working on your paper while taking CSCI 311 operating systems in the fall of your junior year and finish the paper when finishing CSCI 430 computer communication in the spring of your junior year.
  5. The Initial proposal under CSCI 311 Operating Systems: The first step of the process is to identify an interesting topic in computer science for an in-depth study. While taking CSCI 311 operating systems typically during the fall of your junior year, you are required to seek a topic under of the guidelines of the faculty teaching the course and you should consult the faculty to tailor the direction and the range of the study to cover the topic. At the end of the course, you should have a proposal describing the study plan and the outlines of the resulting paper, and have this proposal approved by the instructor of the course.
  6. Development of a draft under CSCI 430 Computer Communication: While taking CSCI 430 computer communication-- typically during the spring of your junior year --you should proceed according to the proposal to finish a paper based on the study plan. At the end of course, you should submit the first draft to the instructor of the course for initial approval.
  7. Final submission of the paper: You should improve your draft based on the feedback from your instructor and then submit your final paper to the department secretary -- You should submit your paper no later than the first week of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Make sure to register your paper with the department secretary and only include your student ID number -- not your full name. Once your submission is recorded, it will then be evaluated anonymously by two faculty members.
  8. Grading rubric: The quality of your paper will be evaluated according to the computer science WCR grading rubric, and it will be approved as a fulfillment of the writing competency requirement in computer science if it receives at least 4 points out of the 6-point scale. If the paper fails to meet the standard, you will have to further revise the paper and then resubmit it.
  9. Due date and graduation: Your paper should be submitted no later than the first week of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Submission after the due date does not allow the time needed for the faculty to read and provide feedback or for the student to revise if necessary. Failing to submit your paper by the due date ends in the delay of graduation to a later semester. The student may not graduate in the desired semester simply because of failure to submit the paper by the required due date.

Writing a literature review for WCR:

Click here for an outline that will help you understand the essence and the general structure of a literature review article. Click on the following link to see an example initial draft. Please contact your advising professor if you have questions or need further clarification on the process or the expectations of the WCR.


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