In the fall of next year I will be finaly finishing up my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science at California Lutheran University. As part of the program every graduating student must complete a 'capstone' project that is approved by one of the instructors.
I proposed to create a StarShip simulation system, and oddly it was approved. Most instructors don't like the idea of using a "game" as a capstone because most student don't understand all that it entails. In my case the proposal was read by the Computer Science department chair, and he liked it. So now he's my sponsor (no pressure there).
I had to write up an initial proposal for him and I thought that some here could find it interesting, so here is a link to the PDF. http://www.invertedpolarity.com/school/docs/CSC 499 Capstone Project Proposal Jeffery Myers.pdf
It's a very rough overview of the idea behind bridge simulators and referees Roger Garret's book "The complete STARSHIP: A simulation project" (I thought having a book as a reference would make it more academic)