Summary: GUIDELINES FOR TERM PROJECTS AND PAPERS
These guidelines were compiled to help you research and prepare your term paper.
1 Technical Content
There must be a substantial technical component of the scope, depth and detail that one might find
in exam questions. Mathematical arguments should be arguments, not just lists of equations gleaned
from other peoples' work. Don't repeat a simple experiment dozens of times with minor variations.
Don't pad the report with computergenerated lists of numbers. Do present your data with a few
graphs; it's much more compact and meaningful. I can not stress enough the importance of a clear
presentation of your study. Readers are more inclined to trust a clean, wellpresented derivation
than a messy one.
Don't just quote the text. References should be traceable, preferably to reputable journals such
as IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, International Journal of Control, etc..
Private conversations with your cousin do not qualify, nor do discussions with God. References
should be cited in the text and listed in a references section. If you can't find an appropriate place
to cite a reference in the body of the text, don't include it in the references; it's probably not relevant.
3 Appropriateness of Topic
The topic should relate directly to the class and to problems and subjects touched on in the class.
Do not turn in a report loosely copied from some onthejob activity unless it incorporates a good
deal of classrelated material and meets the other guidelines. Don't write a report on material that