CCOM 3982 001 Undergraduate Seminar 2


University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras Campus
College of Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science


Field Value
Name Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga
Office NCL A-159
Laboratory NCL A-158
Telephone 787-764-0000 x88363
Web page
Office hours Tuesday, Thursday 8:30-10:00 AM
by appointment


This course is designed for students who attend their second semester in the Computer Science program. The course will allow students to become familiar with topics related to Computer Science and to undergraduate research and to put into practice the skills learned in the course CCOM 3981. Students will select a topic, revise the pertinent literature to prepare an oral and a poster presentation about the selected topic. The presentations could be group presentations. The students could also choose an undergraduate research topic to be conducted under the direction of a Computer Science faculty member and present the research problem and the background material. In addition, the students will learn about the job and graduate school opportunities in computer science.


  1. Topics in computer science for independent study

  2. How to use Latex and Power Point for oral and poster presentations

  3. Employment opportunities in computer science

  4. Graduate studies and fellowship opportunities in computer science

  5. Student oral presentations

  6. Student poster presentations


  1. The student will know about employment opportunities in computer science.

  2. The student will know about the graduate studies and fellowship opportunities in computer science.

  3. The student will work as part of a team.

  4. The student will do an independent study in a topic related to computer science.

  5. The student will design and prepare audiovisual material for an oral presentation.

  6. The student will give an oral presentation to the group.

  7. The student will learn about current topics in computer science.

  8. The student will design and prepare a poster.

Course Schedule

Class will meet Mondays 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM, NCL A-141. In UPR-RRP attendance is compulsory.

Tentative calendar

Date Deliverable Activity
14 ene Introducción, temas para estudio independiente
21 ene 3 temas generales que le interesan FERIADO/EL CURSO NO SE REUNE
28 ene escoger un tema específico dentro del tema general que le fue asignada. Taller sobre presentaciones orales
4 feb Charla
11 feb entre 5 y 10 referencias anotadas sobre su tema Presentación de referencias anotadas para el estudio independiente
18 feb FERIADO
25 feb entregar el bosquejo de su presentación Presentaciones de bosquejos de presentaciones orales
4 mar Taller sobre preparación de afiches
11 mar Presentaciones grupos 1, 2
18 mar Presentaciones grupos 3, 4
25 mar Presentación grupo 5 / Charla
1 abr Taller sobre estudios graduados y becas
8 abr Borrador afiche Charla
15 abr Presentaciones de borradores de afiches
22 abr Charla sobre innovación, comercialización y empresarismo
29 abr versión final del afiche, lista para imprimir Panel sobre oportunidades de empleo en CC
6 may Presentaciones de afiches

Instructional resources

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

Evaluation Strategy

Students will be evaluated on a 100% scale, with the following curve:

A (90% - 100%), B (80% - 89%), C (65% - 79%), D (50% - 64%), F (0 – 49%).

  • Participation in class (25%)
  • Meetings with faculty (25%)
  • Oral presentation (25%)
  • Poster presentation (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.

Academic integrity

The University of Puerto Rico promotes the highest standards of academic and scientific integrity. Article 6.2 of the UPR Student Bylaws (Certification JS 13 2009–2010) states that “academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: fraudulent actions, obtaining grades or academic degrees using false or fraudulent simulations, copying totally or partially academic work from another person, plagiarizing totally or partially the work of another person, copying totally or partially responses from another person to examination questions, making another person to take any test, oral or written examination on his/hers behalf, as well as assisting or facilitating any person to incur in the aforementioned conduct”. Fraudulent conduct refers to “behavior with the intent to defraud, including but not limited to, malicious alteration or falsification of grades, records, identification cards or other official documents of the UPR or any other institution.” Any of these actions shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the disciplinary procedure, as stated in the existing UPR Student Bylaws.

Policy on sexual discrimination or harassment

The University of Puerto Rico prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in any of its forms, including that of sexual harassment. According to the Institutional Policy Against Sexual Harassment at the University of Puerto Rico, Certification Num. 130, 2014-2015 from the Board of Governors, any student subjected to acts constituting sexual harassment, may turn to the Office of the Student Ombudsperson, the Office of the Dean of Students, and/or the Coordinator of the Office of Compliance with Title IX for an orientation and/or a formal complaint.