News: The deadline for proposals for 2017-18 is Monday June 19, 8am. Email a .pdf to Prof. D.Lamb after getting it approved by your supervisor; include your student number. Please be sure to send from your Queen's email; Queen's privacy rules require us to send any confidential emails to students using their Queen's email address. It would be wise to submit long before this deadline.


In 2015-16 the School of Computing introduced a new fall/winter course, CISC 500/6.0: Undergraduate Thesis. This is meant for exceptional students who would like to do a more substantial capstone research project than is feasible within the time constraints of CISC/COGS 499.

Calendar Description

Individual research project under the supervision of a School of Computing faculty member. Evaluation is based on an oral presentation and a written thesis. It is the responsibility of the student to make a research proposal and secure a supervisor prior to enrolling in the course.
PREREQUISITE Permission of the Department. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and Level 4 and registration in a COMP Major or BMCO, COGS, COMA, CSCI, or SODE specialization plan.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from (CISC 499/3.0; COGS 499/3.0; CISC 500/6.0).

Getting Permission

"Permission of department" means that you cannot enroll via SOLUS. Instead you must This year the course coordinator is David Lamb.

You are solely responsible for finding a supervisor; if you are unable to do so, you must enroll in the appropriate capstone for your degree instead (CISC 499 for the major, BMCO, COMA, and CSCI; COGS 499 for COGS; or an internship for those plans that allow them). The term "research project" means that a proposal primarily aimed at implementing a software system, with little or no research component, will not be acceptable.

Exceptional students in SODE (both options) may take CISC 500 but this does not replace the other requirements for those plans (CISC 498 for Software Development, CISC 496 for Game Design, or an internship).

Brief Research Proposal

The research proposal mentioned in the calendar description is a 3-4 paragraph description of the topic you intend to pursue. It should describe the general area of research, the specific topic within that area you intend to pursue, and a brief indication of how you plan to go about doing your research. Its audience is your intended supervisor and the course coordinator. The supervisor will use it to decide whether to supervise you, and the coordinator will ensure consistent course-wide standards.

As the calendar states, proposals are due before enrollment in the course. When the course was approved, the School Council expressed a preference for a deadline of April 30, but during 2016-17 year we accepted then up to 8am June 20. For 2017-18 the deadline is 8am Monday June 19.

This is not the same as the detailed proposal that will be required as part of your coursework. That will require some initial literature search showing that you have studied prior work on the topic.

See the example proposals.

Questions? Contact the coordinator.
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