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CS493 Schedule
CS493 Deliverables
CS494 Schedule
CS494 Deliverables
Demo Day
Course Outline - F19 & W20

CS493 and CS494 are intended to be taken as a course pair. Over the course of two terms students form teams that work through a large CS project of their choosing. Guidance will be provided from the start (forming teams, picking projects), through development work, to a culminating symposium. The symposium will include project teams from CS494 and SE491. Each team will have a booth with a poster and demo, and will do a 20 minute technical presentation.

CS team projects will be eligible to apply for the Pasupalak Velocity CS Capstone Award .

The schedule contains two hours of lecture per week. We will use these for several weeks and then switch to bi-weekly sprints with 30-minute meetings with the course staff.

Calendar Description: CS 493 Team Project 1
Students work in teams on substantial open-ended computer science problems as part of the CS 493/494 course sequence. Lectures describe project management fundamentals and ethical and legal issues in computing. Students form teams, select projects, define project goals, perform risk assessment, establish a project plan, and develop a prototype. Possible project topics can include development of software systems, analysis of extensions to existing systems across the field, and experimental computer science.[Offered: F]

Calendar Description: CS 494 Team Project 2
Continuing from CS 493, student teams continue development of their project, update project plans, explore design alternatives, perform testing, and analyze experimental results. Teams prepare and deliver technical presentations and demonstrations of their projects, and analyze ethical and legal aspects of their work. [Offered: W]

Andrew Morton
email: andrew.morton at uw...loo.ca
office: E5-4118
Teaching Assistant (CS 493 only)
Kilby Baron
email: kjbaron at uw...loo.ca
CS 493 Grading Scheme

  • Sprints 1-4: 12% each
  • Sprint 5 (end-of-term presentation and demo): 45%
  • Critiques: 5%
  • Team contract: 2%

CS 494 Grading Scheme

  • Sprints 1-4: 12% each
  • Sprint 5 (symposium): 45%
  • IP/privacy/ethics analysis 5%
  • Team abstract and photo: 2%

Some course components such as the symposium may be graded using letter grades that get converted to a numeric value according to this chart:

Letter Grade Numeric Value
A+ 95
A 89
A- 83
B+ 78
B 75
B- 72
C+ 68
C 65
C- 62
D+ 58
D 55
D- 52
F 32

The penalty for late submissions is 25% per day.

Team Contract

Teams will be asked to prepare and submit a team contract in CS493 that outlines the expectations that they have for the group members for both terms. If a team feels that a member is not meeting expectations they should try these steps (in order): 1) resolve it within the team, 2) ask for a team meeting with the instructor, 3) submit a detailed statement to the instructor. If it comes to Step 3), the instructor has the discretion to assign that team member a lower grade than the rest of the team.

Meet Times

CS 493 Meet Times
CS 494 Meet Times


uw-cs-teamproject.slack.com Slack be used for all course communication.

Academic Integrity and Students with Disabilities

Academic Integrity

In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Check the Office of Academic Integrity's website for more information.

All members of the UW community are expected to hold to the highest standard of academic integrity in their studies, teaching, and research. This site explains why academic integrity is important and how students can avoid academic misconduct. It also identifies resources available on campus for students and faculty to help achieve academic integrity in — and out — of the classroom.


A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70 — Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4. When in doubt please be certain to contact the department's administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.


A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about "rules" for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71 — Student Discipline. For typical penalties, check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties.

Avoiding Academic Offenses

Most students are unaware of the line between acceptable and unacceptable academic behaviour, especially when discussing assignments with classmates and using the work of other students. For information on commonly misunderstood academic offenses and how to avoid them, students should refer to the Faculty of Mathematics Cheating and Student Academic Discipline Policy.


A decision made or a penalty imposed under Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances (other than a petition) or Policy 71, Student Discipline may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72 — Student Appeals.

Note for students with disabilities

AccessAbility Services , located in Needles Hall, Room 1401, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with AccessAbility Services at the beginning of each academic term.

Last updated: Mon Jan 6 11:55:10 2020