McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science   Northwestern University
Department of Computer Science Northwestern University

Design Competition Policy

Students who wish to apply Design Competition credits (typically ECE 399) towards the Computer Science major, have 3 options:

Option One:

Students can use the Design Competition as Unrestricted Technical Electives, subject to the approval of the studentís CS advisor. A form must be filled out, available at the Tech Student Services office or at:

http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/forms/CSForm96thereafter.pdf

The form must be signed by the studentís CS advisor and by the CS Chair before being returned to Tech for review.

Option Two:

Students may petition to have the Design Competition count as External Technical Electives. This can be done by filling out a petition form, available at the Tech Student Services office or at:

http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/forms/CurriculumPetitionForm.pdf

The form must be signed by the studentís CS advisor and by the CS Chair before being returned to Tech for review by the Tech Curriculum Committee. Students are encouraged to contact their CS advisors before undertaking the design competition if they plan to petition for external technical elective credit. Support of the department may be contingent on the student generating a strong case that their entry involved significant software development.

Option Three:

Students may do Design Competition as a Computer Science 399 if, and only if, a Computer Science faculty member agrees to serve as advisor or co-advisor. In this case, students will be graded based on thesoftware they generate for the design competition.


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