Before registering in a directed studies course, CSI 5901 (MCS and ISS students) or CSI 7901 (Ph.D. students), a student must submit a topic proposal signed by a faculty member who will act as the supervisor and examiner for this course. The Graduate Director must approve this proposal. The proposal must detail a topic, specific deliverables, a tentative schedule and a mode of attribution for marks. Neither reading nor summarizing existing research is sufficient for directed studies.

It is fundamental that any piece of work be used for obtaining credits only once throughout the studies of a student. For example, there must be a significant difference between the undergraduate honour's project, any directed studies, and the dissertation. Consequently, the work carried out in a directed studies course must be ¡®declared¡¯ in the introductory chapter of a thesis, and the thesis must contain sufficient additional content to merit the degree without already credited part.

  Completion requires that a copy of the results or report be submitted to the Graduate Administrator.