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CSS 497 - Computer Science and Software Engineering Capstone
Student Guideline Specifics


This information is to provide suggestions and advice to students regarding their CSS 497 capstones. As every student capstone has its own unique flavor, we recognize that some of these suggestions will require adjustment depending on the circumstances. Your faculty advisor will provide the most appropriate advice for your individual capstone.


CSS 497 is set up as a hyphenated course. This means that while the credits count like any other credits, the student does not get a grade for all the credits until the final credit. When the final credits are taken, the student receives a grade. In previous quarters, a grade of 'N' is given, which means the course is in progress. When the final grade is given, the 'N' grades are replaced with the final grade. (The faculty advisor chooses whether it is graded numerically or as Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC).)

    Faculty Links to their Specific Requirements

    Writing Up a Quality Contract   . . .   About Capstone Deliverable's Content

    Creating a Quality Poster   . . .   Video on Poster Basics   . . .   Poster Rubric

    Giving a Quality Presentation   . . .   Presentation Rubric


Download the "CSS 497 Abstract Form" from the CSS Forms and Contracts website page and fill it in (How to write a good abstract). Students typically give the abstract to the Capstone Coordinator (Janet McDaniel, macdee@uw.edu ) at the colloquium. You can also email it to her after the colloquium.

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

While you may need to sign an NDA as a pre-condition of being allowed to work at a given company, your faculty advisor may or may not be willing to do so. If your advisor does not want to sign an NDA, it will be your responsibility to make sure that during your communications with your advisor, you do not violate the NDA. You should talk to your advisor explicitly for guidance as to what you can and cannot share.