Independent study courses are offered as a way for students, who are in good academic standing, to study material not covered in regular courses. The IS course is tailored to each individual student based on a course proposal submitted by the student to an advising faculty member.
Note: Students attempting an Independent Study are expected to;
- Have initiative (be a self starter)
- Have good writing skills (reports and presentations are primary means to communicate progress)
Evaluation Criterion for the Independent Study Course:
- Independent study course proposals must be approved by the faculty adviser. The proposal should document (Approval Proposal Example)
- Objectives of the study
- Materials covered/Justification
- Course outline/milestones
- A presentation of 30 minutes is given by the candidate at the end of the first and second semesters.
- A written report containing the following items is submitted to the student’s supervisor prior to the second semester presentation:
- Cover page (title of paper, name of student, name of advisor, date of submission, course number)
- Results/Outcome of the project
- Conclusion and future works
- Appendix (if applicable)
- Before the end of the second semester, the student must also submit an electronic copy of the Independent Study report.
- Periodic documentation throughout the project(s) as described in the Course Management section later in this document.