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TSP and SSP - FAQ

Frequently asked questions for the special projects and TSP in computer science The School of IT has a few project offerings for the Science TSP and the SIT SSP programs.

Questions about enrollment procedures, and eligibility

  1. I am not enrolled in a school of IT degree, can I still do the SSP projects in computer science?
    Yes, as long as your marks meet the requirements. You can enroll in these units the same way as you would with any elective unit.
  2. How do I apply for special permission to enroll in these units?
    At the beginning of each year, and usually at the beginning of semester 2 as well, students with high marks, enrolled in units relevant to computer science are invited to the SSP program by email. Then the student follows the enrollment procedure which is described in the information pages. If a student is eligible but has not received an invitation, he/she must contact the SSP program coordinator (taso.viglas@sydney.edu.au at the moment) directly.
  3. Can I replace a subject that is core for my degree with an SSP project in computer science
    No. The project units are not meant to replace core units. The only way to replace a core unit is by special permission by the undergraduate director.
  4. Do I need to drop a unit in order to do these projects?
    You should consider these projects as any other 6cp unit of study. Most students will replace a unit with a project, but in rare cases a student may choose to overload a semester.
  5. When is the deadline to enroll in these projects
    When it comes to admin issues you should consider these projects as any other 6cp unit of study that requires special prmission. The deadline to enroll is the same as the deadline to enroll in any unit in each semester. If you are replacing a unit in your enrollment, you should also consider the deadline to drop a unit. The deadlines are posted by the university every year.
  6. How many students are in these SSP projects in computer science
    The program is very selective and therefore very small. The aim is to have about 10-15 students over all years working in SSP projects.
  7. How long have these projects been around?
    The SSP in CS was introduced in 2010.
  8. How many of these projects can I do?
    There is one project unit in every semester in years 1,2 and 3.
  9. Can I do two of these projects in the same semester?
    No, there is exactly one unit of study code for each semester.
  10. I am in the TSP program. Are these SSP projects different than what I can do through TSP?
    No, not at all. The SSP program is very similar in spirit to the faculty of science TSP. If you are in the TSP program you can choose to do these a computer science project as a TSP project or a school of IT SSP project. There is no difference. In most cases, TSP students will choose to do these projects using TSP unit of study codes.
  11. Is there a list of available projects?
    There is a list here. However in many cases students can discuss other topics with potential supervisors. Look also at this page for a list of research groups and areas in the school.
  12. How do I enroll in these units?
    You need "special permission" in order to enroll in these units. In order to get this special permission, you need to (first of all meet the entry criteria, and then) find a suitable project and supervisor. The program coordinator will then sign a special permission form that you can use to enroll in the units.

Questions about the projects

  1. Can I do a project with a supervisor from a different school?
    We can only organize the enrollment in these projects for work supervised in the school of IT. Other schools may have similar project programs. For example the faculty science has the TSP prgram, as well as SSP prgrams in each school.
  2. Are there examples of past projects that I can look at?
    Yes, here.
  3. I would like to do a project but I am not sure what area to choose
    Excellent! That's a very good start, and expected for most students. Arrange a meeting with the coordinator to discuss possible areas and possibly meet potential supervisors.
  4. What kind of work is involved in these projects?
    The type of work varies. A lot. A typical project will start with a lot of reading of background material, followed by a number of tasks which can be implementations, or solving theoretical problems. At the end of the semester, a written report is required, describing the project, background material, the work done, and the results.
  5. How are these projects marked?
    Carefully. The project work (aims, expected outcomes, deliverables etc) should be part of the discussion between the student and supervisor in the beginning of the semester. When the work is complete, and the report has been submitted, the supervisor will mark the project along with the SSP program coordinator.
  6. Is it ok to contact a staff member directly about these projects?
    Certainly!
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General information about the TSP and SSP programs

  • TSP: The talented student program of the faculty of Science.
  • SSP: Special studies program, in the school of IT; consists of one special project unit for every semester, in years 1,2, and 3.

Special Studies Program in the School of IT (SIT SSP)

The special studies program (SSP) in the School of IT gives high achieving students the opportunity to enroll in research-related project units as part of their undergraduate studies in years 1,2, and 3. The special project units are the following:

  1. INFO1911 Special Project 1A (Semester 1)
  2. INFO1912 Special Project 1B (Semester 2)
  3. INFO2911 Special Project 2A (Semester 1)
  4. INFO2912 Special Project 2B (Semester 2)
  5. INFO3911 Special Project 3A (Semester 1)
  6. INFO3912 Special Project 3B (Semester 2)

This program is separate to the Science TSP and is open to all Science TSP students as well as students enrolled in engineering degrees with strong interest in computing an information sciences. Entry criteria include: (1) For first-year students: a minimum ATAR (or equivalent) of 99, an HD average in IT units of study and a Distinction average in non-IT units of study (2) For second- and third-year students: an HD average in IT units of study and a Distinction average in non-IT units of study and (3) finding a suitable project and supervisor in the School of IT.

Invitations to the program are sent by email in the beginning of each academic year (usually during O-week). These invitations may not be sent to all eligible students, as they target students enrolling in engineering degrees with high ATAR scores, and also students that have completed some core subjects in computer science. Student that meet the criteria and have not received an invitation can also apply for entry in this program (contact the program coordinator for more information).

Contacts for TSP and SSP in SIT

Taso Viglas (SSP and TSP Coordinator), Katie Yang (Undergraduate Admin Officer), Josiah Poon (Undergraduate Director)