General Information

In Fall, 2017, a section of CSC801: Computer Science Seminars is being offered entitled Preparing for Academic Research. You can only register to earn credits in this course to credits that count toward your degree work if you are enrolled in the doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in the Computer Science department, and are in your first year of that enrollment (first or second semester).  However, you may also attend the course (without credit) if you are beyond your first semester, provided you are a CSC Ph.D. student.


Professor Rudra Dutta
Computer Science Department
EB-II 2274, 515-8650

Although Dr. Dutta is the instructor of record, other CSC professors may conduct mini-sessions consiting of one or more class periods, during the course of the semester.

Time and Place

Fridays, 1:55 – 4:40 PM
Room 1228, EB-II.

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

You can also walk in anytime my door is open, and/or arrange specific times to meet (email, or talk in person, to arrange meetings).


There are few prerequisites in this seminar. You must be proficient in the core areas of basic computer science, such as are covered in a standard undergraduate Computer Science degree. You must also be willing to engage in academic research. If you are a first-year CSC PhD student (as you must be to register for this seminar), you by definition have these pre-requisites. (If you don’t, you really should reconsider your whole degree enrollment, not just this course.)


Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. To earn a satisfactory grade, you will need to attend all the meetings (or provide substantiation of any a valid reason for any absences), participate in reading and discussion activites during meetings, and submit written work products assigned through the semester. Details will be discussed during the first meeting of this course, and listed on the “Timeline” page of this website on an ongoing basis.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain high standards of academic integrity and honesty, and conform with the NCSU Code of Student Conduct; URL: The current University guidelines available at regarding academic integrity, violations, penalties, etc. will be followed.

At all times and in all communications, students are expected to maintain generally accepted levels of civility. As required by law, any veiled, implied, or perceived threat will be reported to campus law enforcement, or other appropriate authorities.

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, phone: 919-515-7653, URL: For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see

Supporting Fellow Students in Distress

As members of the NC State Wolfpack community, we each share a personal responsibility to express concern for one another and to ensure that this classroom and the campus as a whole remains a safe environment for learning. Occasionally, you may come across a fellow classmate whose personal behavior concerns or worries you. When this is the case, I would encourage you to report this behavior to the NC State Students of Concern website : Although you can report anonymously, it is preferred that you share your contact information so they can follow-up with you personally.