The Undergraduate Honours Project provides an opportunity for students to pursue further study in an area of their choosing, and under the supervision of a faculty member also of their choosing. The project is typically completed in the fourth year of an Honours Program, and may be done in any of the three academic terms. At the end students are required to submit a written report and give an oral presentation of their work.

Below you will find Frequently Asked Questions related to the Honours Project, the Deadlines for Fall 2016 & Winter 2017, and Grading Criteria for MATH 4905.

Honours Project Coordinator

Professor Ayse Alaca
Office: Room 4376, Herzberg
Phone: 613-520-2600 ext 2133

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – During the Term

FAQ – The Report

FAQ – The Presentation

FAQ – Final Stages

Deadlines – Fall 2016

November 29, 2016 Submit draft version to supervisor
December 13, 2016 Submit final version to supervisor
January 3rd & 4th 2017 Honours project talks
January 6, 2017 Submit 3 copies of corrected project to the School

Deadlines – Winter 2017

March 20, 2017 Submit draft version to supervisor
April 3, 2017 Submit final version to supervisor
April 24th & 25th 2017 Honours project talks
April 28, 2017 Submit 3 copies of corrected project to the School

Grading Criteria for MATH 4905:

Grades of
A+, A, and A-
In order to merit a grade of A, a student must show a high degree of mathematical maturity, and either originality or independence, (in obtaining the source material and writing the report).The work of the project must be at the highest level and should be well written and well organized. The oral presentation must be excellent.
Grades of
B+, B, and B-
A student who receives a grade of B must have a mastery of the material. The content of the project must be at a high level.The written work must be completely organized and a satisfactory oral presentation given.
Grades of
C+, C, and C-
The grade of C is awarded when a student has collated material into an intelligible form. A satisfactory presentation must be given.
Grades of
D+, D, and D-
A grade in the D range is awarded when the work has some major weaknesses; nevertheless, there is deemed to be enough work of interest or merit to allow the student to receive a passing grade.
Grades of
This grade is given if the student shows little or no understanding of the source material.In this case, it is to be expected that the written work produced by the student too closely resembles the material that has been read.
Grades of
This grade is given to students who fail to meet the deadlines

These criteria are necessarily somewhat subjective. For my own judgment I use the following reasoning: The pass level for an honours student is 6.5 grade points, in the major subject. Thus grades in the A-B range are clear passes.

An A means that the student has taught me something. The writing is so good that an employer, or other interested person, would be very happy with the content and quality of work that might be produced.

A grade of B means that the writing and content are good; with a little bit more experience, anyone will be happy with this person’s work.

Grades in the C range indicate some problems, either in presentation or in the content itself.

Grades in the D range indicate problems, possibly both in presentation and content.