Name Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga
Office NCL A-159
Telephone 787-764-0000 x7430
Web page
Office hours Monday 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 PM
  or by appointment


This course is designed for students who attend their first semester in the Computer Science program. The course will allow students to become familiar with topics related to Computer Science and to undergraduate research. They will also learn the skills necessary to work in research and about principles of academic integrity. This is the first step to create an atmosphere where the students get interested and participate in research activities. At the end of the course the students should have selected a topic to research on.


  • Ethics and academic integrity
  • References
  • Areas related to computer science
  • Undergraduate research
  • Introduction to Latex
  • Preparing a technical report
  • How to give an effective talk
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Research talks
  • Mathematicians and computer scientists


  • The student will learn the basics of how to give an oral presentation about computer science.
  • The student will learn how to use Latex.
  • The student will write a technical work using Latex.
  • The student will write an essay about her/his interest in computer science.
  • The student will know the advantages of undergraduate research.
  • The student will have a positive attitude towards research in computer science.
  • The student will know and discuss the principles of academic integrity.
  • The student will know the research areas at the Department of Computer Science.
  • The student will choose and describe one of the research topics presented in the seminar and will discuss why he/she chose this topic.
  • The student will learn about the contribution of mathematicians and computer scientists.
  • The student will give a short oral presentation about a mathematician or computer scientist.
  • The student will learn about current topics in computer science.
  • The student will learn about research and internship summer opportunities.
  • The student will learn how to find references and prepare a technical article.
  • The student understands the importance of diversity in science.

Course Schedule

Class will meet Mondays 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM, NCL A-231. In UPR-RP attendance is compulsory.

Instructional resources

The course will be hosted on the CCOM Moodle. Register and stay tuned for our polls and forum postings.


Work Percent final grade
Attendance and participation 25%
Latex document 25%
References and presentation 25%
Writing assignments 25%

Reasonable accomodations for students

Students with disabilities properly registered with the Office of Affairs for Persons with Disabilities Oficina de Asuntos para la Persona con Impedimento (O.A.P.I.) should notify the professor at the start of the semester. The professor will make reasonable accommodations to support the student, in consultation with OAPI.