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2001- 2002 Bulletin Information

Dean: David L. Feinstein (460-6390)
Director, CIS Graduate Studies: R. J. Daigle
Coordinators: Daigle (ISC), Doran (CSC), Owen (ITE)
Professors: Daigle, Doran, Feinstein, Longenecker
Associate Professors: Langan, Pardue
Assistant Professors: Hain, Landry, Owen, Simmons, Sweeney
Instructors: Allen, Chapman, Denton, McKinney, Sill, Vest

School of Computer and Information Sciences Web Site

The School of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) provides a stimulating curriculum which includes a variety of courses for students in many disciplines, as well as for citizens in the business and industrial community.

MISSION STATEMENT
The School Mission Statement states:
The School of Computer and Information Sciences prepares graduates who are professionally competent, motivated to life-long learning, and demonstrate ethical behavior in the computing sciences.
The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides an atmosphere for faculty to demonstrate research and teaching excellence.
The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides service in the computing sciences to our community and discipline.

CIS majors must elect course work in one of three areas of specialization:

  1. Computer Science* (CSC)
  2. Information Science (ISC), or
  3. Information Technology (ITE)

A joint program with the College of Engineering leading to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CpE) is also offered.

The Computer Science specialization has been accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, Inc. (CSAB).

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC):
Computer Science is a discipline that involves the understanding and design of computers and computational processes. In its most general form, it is concerned with the understanding of information transfer and transformation. Particular interest is placed on making processes efficient and endowing them with some form of intelligence. The discipline includes both advancing the fundamental understanding of algorithms and information processes in general, as well as the practical design of efficient, reliable software to meet given specifications.

INFORMATION SCIENCE (ISC):
Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today’s global economy.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE):
Information technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art, Computer-based tools to deliver today’s rapidly evolving computing technology to knowledgeable workers in widely diverse situations. The information technologist must be prepared to work in the complex network and World-Wide-Web environments to meet the needs of the end users in today’s organizations. These tasks require bringing solutions together using the different technologies developed by the computer engineers, computer scientists, and information scientists.

E-COMMERCE:
The School of Computer and Information Sciences provides supporting courses for the E-Commerce major from the Mitchell College of Business. Students majoring in e-commerce are advised in the Mitchell College of Business. The E-commerce program is designed to provide students with a sound background in business disciplines as well as in network-based information technology. Students will gain strong analytical, and problem-solving skills through the integration of technical and business applications and case studies. The program offers students the opportunity to be either self-employed or work for small, medium or large corporations.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CpE):
Computer engineers develop the logic and circuitry of computing systems to meet the ever expanding needs of the global economy. Computer engineers are concerned with the physical nature of computing. CpE professionals must be knowledgeable in the fundamental characteristics of computer hardware at the signal and logical levels. They design the individual circuits and microchips and integrate them into the products that satisfy specific hardware needs.

ADMISSION TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM AND COURSES
Admission to the University of South Alabama constitutes admission to the School.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Candidates for this degree must complete one of the three specializations: Computer Science, Information Systems, or Information Technology. Under special circumstances, and with approval of the Dean, a student may select a unique specialization in which the general philosophy and requirements of the program are not violated.

In addition to an overall grade-point average of 2.0, all courses in the major, including Professional Component courses and prerequisites, must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” Any course taken at the University of South Alabama with a grade of “D” or “F” may be retaken only at the University of South Alabama.

Students presently enrolled in the program may not take any required courses, including supporting courses, as a transient student at any other institution.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours of work at the 300-level or above at this University, in courses in their specialization.

COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY
All students enrolling in our entry-level programming sequence courses (CIS 120 and CIS 501) are required to own a personal laptop computer system that conforms to the current School minimum published standards. This is a one student one machine requirement.

FIVE-YEAR COMBINED BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREES PROGRAM

Qualified students may enroll in a program that results in both a bachelors degree and a masters degree. Students in this program will normally complete the B.S. degree in four (4) years and complete the M.S. degree in one (1) additional calendar year. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must apply in the second semester of their junior year. Minimum requirements are a 3.25 GPA and a composite score of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with neither score below 400. Financial aid is available to students admitted to the program.

CHOICE OF CATALOGUE UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the CIS program may choose any catalogue from their entry date to their time of graduation. This applies for entering freshmen, transfer students, and students at the University of South Alabama changing their specialization in CIS or changing their major to CIS. Students who interrupt their program for more than one calendar year are considered new students with regard to catalogue selection.

PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
Upper division courses require Professional Component Standing (PCS). These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” and are designated by the symbol pc for each specialization.

PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
A proficiency examination is administered by the School of Computer and Information Sciences for placement in 110, 120, and 250.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPUTER SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

1. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:

pc EH 101 *English Composition I,
pc EH 102 English Composition II,
pc CA 110 Public Speaking,
pc CA 275 Small Group  Communications,
                        And
     EH 372 Technical Writing

2. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of
a. one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
b. one course from Literature,
c. one additional course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature,
And
d. pc PHL 121- Introduction to Logic

Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated on page 46.

3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated on page 45, General Requirement # 6.

4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Sixteen (16) credit hours are required. Complete one of the following sequences and two additional courses from the sequences:

A. PH 201 Cal-Based Physics I and PH 202 Cal-Based Physics II.
B. CH 131 Chemistry I and CH 132 Chemistry II.
C. GY 111 Geology I and GY 112 Geology II.
D. BLY 121 Biology I and BLY 122 Biology II.
E. MET 341 Climatology and MET 353 General Meteorology. Or
F. Advanced courses beyond the sequences.

5. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Seventeen (17) credit hours are required as follows:
pc MA 125 Calculus I
pc MA 126 Calculus II
pc MA 267 Discrete Math, 
Or
pc MA 367 Combinatorial Enumeration, and 

ST 315 Statistics

Three (3) additional hours from the approved math minor courses as listed on page 67.

6. CORE COURSES - Forty-three (43) credit hours are required as follows:
pc CIS 110 Intro to Computer & Info Sci,
pc CIS 120 Problem Solving and pc 122  Prog Concepts I & Lab,
pc CIS 121 Problem Solving and pc 123 Prog Concepts II & Lab,
pc CIS 230 Adv Data and File Structures,
pc CIS 231 Software Engineering Prin,
pc CIS 220 Computer Organization and Architecture,
CIS 321 Data Communications  and Networking
CIS 322 Operating Systems,
CIS 497 Senior Project I, (W)
CIS 498 Senior Project II, (W)
CSC 328 Digital Logic Comp Architecture
CSC 333 Program Language Theory, (W),
CSC 432 Perform Eval of  Algorithms,
                      And
CSC 434 Formal Language and Automata Theory.

7. CIS ELECTIVES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required. Select two (2) courses from two (2) of the following three (3) groups:

A. Group I:
CSC 327 Numerical Computation II,
CSC 414 Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 415 Numerical Analysis,
CSC 433 Artificial Intelligence  Theory and Prog,
                       Or
CIS 324 Database Design, Develop,  & Management,

B. Group II:
CSC 410 Compiler Design & Const,
CSC 413 Computer Graphics,
CIS 324 Database Design, Develop,  & Management,
                       Or

ITE 474 Human Computer Interface

C. Group III:
CSC 411 Comm & Network Analy,
CSC 412 Real-Time Software  Systems,
                       Or

CIS 439 Windows Programming

8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester-hour requirement.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

1. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:

pc EH 101 *English Composition I,
pc EH 102 English Composition II,
pc CA 110 Public Speaking,
pc CA 275 Small Group  Communications,
                      And
EH 372 Technical Writing.

2. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Nine (9) credit hours are required consisting of:

a. one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
b. one course from Literature,
                      And

c. pc PHL 121- Introduction to Logic

3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Six (6) credit hours are required from History forming a History sequence as enumerated on page 45.

4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours are required from approved areas: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography .

5. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:

pc MA 120 Calculus & its  Applications
pc ST 210 Statistical Reasoning,
Or
pc BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
And
pc BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II
Or
pc ST 335 Applied Regression Analysis
Or
pc ST 340 Design and Analysis of  Experiments

6. PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATION IN BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES - Twenty-four (24) credit hours are required as follows:

pc ACC 211 Accounting Principles I,
pc ACC 212 Accounting Principles II,
pc ECO 215 Principles of  Microeconomics
pc ECO 216 Principles of  Macroeconomics,
MGT 300 Management Theory &  Pract,
MGT 325 Operations Management,
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior
                      And

one (1) of:
ACC 381 Cost Accounting,
MKT 340 Introduction to E-commerce
FIN 315 Business Finance

                       Or
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing

7. CORE COURSES - Forty-nine (49) credit hours are required as follows:
pc CIS 110 Intro to Computer and  Information Sciences,
pc CIS 120, Problem Solving and pc 122  ProgConcepts I & Lab,
pc CIS 121, Problem Solving and pc 123  ProgConcepts II & Lab
pc CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures,
pc CIS 231 Software Engineering Prin,
CIS 321 Data Communications and  Networking,
CIS 322 Operating Systems,
CIS 324 Database Design, Develop, & Management,
CIS 497 Senior Project I, (W)
CIS 498 Senior Project II, (W)

ITE 474 Human/Computer  Interface,
ISC 350 Info Systems in  Organizations,
ISC 353 Info Sys Application  Devel,
ISC 360 Information Systems  Analysis (W),
ISC 361 Database for Info Systems,
                      And

ISC 362 Information Systems  Design

8. CIS ELECTIVES - Nine (9) credit hours of approved concentration electives are required. The following groups have been approved as concentration elective groups:

A. Group I:
CSC 433 Artificial Intelligence  Theory and Programming,
ISC 457 Info Sys Decision  Support,
                 And Either
CSC 414 Modeling and  Simulation,
                
Or
ISC 490 Info Systems Special Topics

B. Group II:
ITE 370 Advanced Application Development,
ITE 472 Advanced Data  Management,
                 And Either
ISC 463 Info Sys DBA and Security,
                 Or

ISC 490 Info Systems Special Topics

C. Group III:
ISC 459 Adv Network Design &  Dev,
ITE 382 Network Administration,
                 And Either

ITE 375 Publish for World Wide Web,
                 Or
ISC 490 Info Systems Special Topics

9. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128-semester-hour requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

1. COMMUNICATION - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:

pc CA 110 Public Speaking
pc CA 275 Small Group Discussion,
pc EH 101* English Composition I,
pc EH 102 English Composition II,
                 And

     EH 372 Technical Writing

2. THE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required consisting of:

a. one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
b. one course from Literature,
c. two additional courses from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature,
                 And
d. pc PHL 121- Introduction to Logic

Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated on page 45, General Requirement #6.

3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature or History sequence as enumerated on page 45.

4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours are required. Complete one sequence in either

A. PH 114 Non-Calculus-Based Physics I, and PH 115 Non-Calculus-Based Physics II
B. PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I, and PH 202 Calculus-Based Physics II
C. BLY 101 Life Science I and BLY 102 Life Science II
D. BLY 121 General Biology I and BLY 122 General Biology II
E. CH 131 General Chemistry I, and CH 132 General Chemistry II
F. GY 111 Earth Materials and GY 112 Earth History

5. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:

pc MA 120 Calculus and Its  Applications,
pc ST 210 Statistical Reasoning,
                      Or
pc BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
                      And
pc BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II,
                     Or
ST 335 Applied Regression Analysis
                      Or
ST 340 Design and Analysis of  Experiments

6. CORE COURSES - Forty-six (46) credit hours are required as follows:
pc CIS 110 Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
pc CIS 120, Problem Solving and pc 122  ProgConcepts I & Lab,
pc CIS 121, Problem Solving and pc 123  ProgConcepts II & Lab,
CIS 321 Data Communications,
CIS 324 Database Design, Develop,  & Management,
CIS 497 Senior Project I,
CIS 498 Senior Project II,
pc ITE 271 Intro to Information Tech I,
pc ITE 272 Intro to Information Tech II,
pc ITE 285 Scripting and Windows  Prog,
ITE 382 Network Administration,
ITE 474 Human Computer Interface,
ITE 480 Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation (W),
                      And
ITE 485 Senior Demonstration  Project

7. ITE ELECTIVES - Eighteen (18) credit hours are required. Complete one of the following sequences:
A. Data Management:
IS or ITE Elective
ITE 472 Adv Data Management,
                      And
CIS 230 Adv Data & File Struc

B. Web Publishing:
ITE 375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web,
ITE 380 Multimedia Production,
                      And
ITE 453 Website Management

Specialization Support Electives - Nine (9) credit hours are required. With coordinator approval, students will choose support electives consistent with the chosen concentration area.

8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester-hour-requirements.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Coordinators:
Electrical and Computer Engineering:
Adel Sakla (460-6117)

Computer and Information Sciences:
Michael Doran
(460-6390)

REQUIREMENTS FOR A DEGREE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING (CpE)

1. COMMUNICATION - Six (6) credit hours are required as follows:
pc EH 101 *English Composition I,
                      And
pc EH 102 English Composition II

2. THE HUMANITIES AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Eighteen (18) credit hours including:
a. one course from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music and Philosophy,
b. one course from Literature,
c. six (6) credit hours are required from History forming a History sequence as enumerated on page 45,
d. pc PHL 121- Introduction to Logic,
                      And
e. PHL 324 - Symbolic Logic
All H/SS electives must be approved by the student’s advisor.

3. THE NATURAL SCIENCES:
pc CH 131 Chemistry I,
pc PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I,
                      And
pc PH 202 Calculus-Based Physics II

4. MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS:
pc MA 125 Calculus I,
pc MA 126 Calculus II,
pc MA 227 Calculus III,
pc MA 238 Differential Equations,
pc MA 267 Discrete Math,
                      And
ST 315 Statistics

5. COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE COURSES:

pc CIS 120, Problem Solving and pc 122  ProgConcepts I & Lab,
pc CIS 121, Problem Solving and pc 123  ProgConcepts II & Lab,
pc CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures,
pc CIS 231 Software Engineering Prin,
CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking,
CIS 322 Operating Systems,
CSC 333 Prog Language Theory,
                      And
CSC 432 Perform Eval of Algorithms

6. ENGINEERING COURSES:
pc EG 220 Electrical Circuits,
                      And
EG 230 Engineering Economics

7. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING COURSES:

pc EE 223 Network Analysis,
EE 225 Circuits & Devices Lab,
pc EE 263 Digital Systems Design I,
EE 264 Digital Systems Design II,
EE 301 Professionalism & Ethics  in EE/CpE,
EE 321 Transform Theory of  Linear Systems,
EE 331 Electronic Devices,
EE 332 Digital Electronics,
EE 357 Transmission Lines Lab,
EE 368 Digital Systems Lab,
EE 468 Digital Computer  Architecture,
EE 466 Microprocessor Based  System Design I,
                      And
EE 467 Microprocessor Based  System Design II

8. TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - EE technical electives must be selected from:
EE 469 Adv Digital System  Design,
EE 465 Digital Signal Processing,
EE 440 Introduction to VHDL,
                      And
EE 441 Computer Networking

CIS technical electives must be selected from courses approved by the School of Computer and Information Sciences.

9. DESIGN - Choose one of the following sequences:

A. CIS 497 Senior Project I,
                      And
CIS 498 Senior Project II

B. EE 401 Intro to EE/CpE Design,
                      And
EE 404 EE/CpE Design

SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Computer Science Specialization

Fall Spring
CIS 110 PHL 121
CIS 120, 122 CIS 121, 123
MA 125 MA 126
EH 101* EH 102
Natural Science Natural Science

Information Science Specialization

Fall Spring
CIS 110 CA 110
CIS 120, 122 CIS 121, 123
EH 101* EH 102
ACC 211 ACC 212
PHL 121 MA 120

Information Technology Specialization

Fall Spring
EH 101* EH 102
CIS 110 PHL 121
MA 112 MA 120
CIS 120, 122 CIS 121, 123
Fine Art Elec. CA 110

Computer Engineering Specialization

Fall Spring
MA 125 MA 126
CH 131 PH 201
EH 101* EH 102
CIS 120, 122
  
CIS 121, 123
H/SS

*Students with sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

Students wishing to obtain a minor in CIS must complete one (1) of the following two (2) options:

1. CIS 110 Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences,
pc CIS 120, Problem Solving and
pc        122  ProgConcepts I & Lab,
pc CIS 121, Problem Solving and
pc        123  ProgConcepts II & Lab,
CIS 230 Advanced Data & File  Structures,
CIS 231 Software Engineering  Principles,
CIS 321 Data Comm and Networking,
                      And
CIS 324 Database Design, Development, & Management

                       Or

2. CIS 110 Introduction to Computer and  Information Sciences,
CIS 120, Problem Solving and 122  ProgConcepts I & Lab,
ITE 271 Introduction to Information  Technology I,
ITE 285 Scripting & Windows  Programming,
CIS 321 Data Comm and Networking

CIS 324 Database Design, Development,  & Management,
                      And

One (1) of the following:

CIS 250 Advanced Computer  Applications Or
ITE 272 Intro to Information  Technology II

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES PROGRAM
The Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program is designed for students and professionals wishing to further their knowledge and expertise in computer science. There are two major areas of concentration within the degree program:

  1. Computer Science (CSC) for students interested in the theoretical aspects of the discipline with an emphasis on the construction of system software or the development of scientific applications using software engineering principles.
  2. Information Sciences (ISC) for students interested in business and organizational applications and information systems management.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission):

REGULAR ADMISSION
Students must satisfy either:

1. A minimum total of 6000 admission points, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) in all undergraduate courses, and a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, using the following formula:

Admission Points = (undergraduate GPA total x 1000) + (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0)

Or

2. An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Students must satisfy:
A minimum total of 5500 admission points, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (A=4.0) in all undergraduate courses or 2.75 on the last 64 semester hours of college work, and a minimum score of 400 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, using the following formula:

Admission Points = (undergraduate GPA total x 1000) + (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score x 3.0).

APPLICANTS WITHOUT CIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
Applicants without undergraduate degrees in CIS may be admitted to the graduate program as specified above. In addition to the regular degree requirements, they must first satisfactorily complete a set of CIS Graduate foundation courses and a set of required supporting courses with a minimum grade of B in all courses. The computer science foundation and required supporting courses
(undergraduate equivalents are listed second) are enumerated below:

1. CIS Graduate Foundation Courses.
A. Computer Science (CSC)

a. CIS 501 Accelerated Programming,
    CIS 120, 122, CIS 121, 123 Problem Solving and  Programming Concepts I,  II & Labs

b. CIS 502 Accelerated Operating  Systems and Computer  Architecture,
    CIS 220 Computer Organization
                   And
    CIS 322 Operating Systems

c. CIS 503 Accelerated Data and File  Structures,
    CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures

d. CIS 504 Accelerated Networks and  Communications,
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking

e. CIS 505 Programming Languages,
    CSC 333  Program Language Theory
                   And
    CSC 434 Formal Language and  Automata Theory

f.  CIS 507 Database Programming,
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management)

B. Information Science (ISC)
a. CIS 501 Accelerated Programming,
    CIS 120, 122, CIS 121, 123) Problem Solving and  Programming Concepts I,  II & Labs

b. CIS 502 Accelerated Operating  Systems and Computer  Architecture,
    CIS 322 Operating Systems

c. CIS 503 Accelerated Data and File  Structures
    CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures

d. CIS 504 Accelerated Networks and  Communications,
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking),

e. CIS 506 IS in Organizations  (No undergraduate  equivalent),

f. CIS 507 Database Programming,
   CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management

2. Required Supporting Courses:
a. Computer Science (CSC)
MA 125 Calculus I,
MA 126 Calculus II,
MA 267 Discrete Math,
           And
ST 315 Statistics

b. Information Science (ISC)
MA 120 Calculus and Its  Applications,
ACC 500 Financial Accounting,
ACC 211, 212 Principles of Accounting  I, II
MGT 300 (Management Theory and  Practice)
           And
MGT 545 Statistical Analysis
BUS 245, 255 Applied Business Statistics I, II

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of at least 525 or an equivalent level of competence as exhibited by a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the United States. All international students will be required to take the ESL exam (English as a Second Language Examination) and may be required to enroll in ESL courses as part of their graduate program in addition to the normal requirements for the degree listed below.

CHOICE OF CATALOGUE UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the CIS program may choose any catalogue from their entry date to their time of graduation. This applies for entering freshmen and transfer students. Students at the University of South Alabama changing their specialization in CIS, changing their major to CIS or who interrupt their program for more than one calendar year are considered new students with respect to catalogue selection.

WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE

A student cannot obtain more than two (2) WD’s from the same course. Enrollment in that course after two WD’s will necessitate the student’s completing the course. If the student withdraws for academic reasons after the third enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the program.

COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
No more than three graduate courses, maximum of nine (9) semester hours taken outside of the School of Computer and Information Sciences may be applied toward the degree. Only grades of " A" or "B" may be accepted. Transfer credit is approved only after completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit towards the degree. Any such transfer courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies for computer and Information Sciences and the student's advisor and may not have been used to fulfill the requirements of another graduate degree. 

SCHEDULING OF COURSES
The graduate program for CIS is primarily an evening program. The courses are scheduled to accommodate full-time students (normally two or three courses per semester) and part-time students (one course per semester). Special topics, directed study, and thesis courses are available as they are needed.

TIME LIMITATION
All requirements for a graduate degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years from the date of matriculation as a CIS graduate student.

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR
The CIS Graduate Research Seminar is scheduled periodically during each semester as a forum for students and faculty to present and discuss research issues, ideas, and results. Attendance is required for students enrolled in CIS 518, 594, 595, 598, and 599. These students are also required to give a presentation each semester based on their work in the course.

GRADUATE SCHOOL STANDARDS
For all other graduate policies and procedures not specifically supplemented for the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program, refer to The Graduate School section that begins on page 31. Some policies and procedures that may be of interest are: Graduate Study for Advanced Undergraduates, Graduate School Academic Standards, Grade Standards, Change of Grade, Academic Dismissal, Final Grade Grievance Policy, Appeal Procedure, English Language Proficiency, Full Load of Course Work in a Semester, Change of Program, Student Responsibility, Degree Requirements for the Master’s Degree, Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations, Standards for Theses and Dissertations, and Application for Degree.

PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION
Master’s students are expected to take an active part in at least one (1) professional computing organization. They are expected to be aware of the social impact of computing and adhere to the ACM/AITP code of ethics.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and are awarded on the recommendation of the School of Computer and Information Sciences. Applications can be obtained from the CIS office.


REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE

A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for the degree. Choose one of the following fifteen (15) credit hour core courses:

1. Computer Science:
CIS 518 CIS Research Methodologies,
CSC 520 Computer Architecture,
CSC 522 Perform Eval of Algorithms,
CSC 525 Complexity Theory,
           And
CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin

2. Information Science:
CIS 518 CIS Research Methodologies,
ISC 560 Information Systems Analysis,
ISC 561 Information Systems  Database Management,
ISC 562 Information Systems Design,
           And
ISC 563 Information Systems  Database Admin

NON-THESIS OPTION Comprehensive Examination:
All students in the non-thesis option must pass a comprehensive examination before filing an application for graduation (A student must file an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office two terms before expected degree completion—see University Calendar for deadlines). Students must take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing the core courses in the chosen specialization with a minimum grade of “B.” Students wishing to sit for the examination must inform the Director of CIS Graduate Studies in writing by the first Friday of class in the semester in which the examination is to be taken. A student may attempt the comprehensive examination a maximum of three (3) times. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the CIS office.

Twenty-one (21) credit hours of directed electives are required. Choose from the following suggested courses.

1. Computer Science:
CSC 510 Compiler Design & Const,
CSC 511 Comm & Network Analysis,
CSC 512 Real-Time Software Systems,
CSC 513 Computer Graphics,
CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 515 Numerical Analysis,
CSC 524 Computer Language Design,
CSC 526 Database Structure & Design,
CSC 532 Advanced Operating Systems,
CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and  Heuristic Programming,
ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mngt,
                   And
ISC 563 Information Systems  Database Administration

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree:
CIS 594 Directed Study,
CIS 595 Computer Science Research    Development,
                   And
CIS 598 Computer and Information  Sciences Project

2. Information Science:
ISC 551 Human/Computer Interface  Design,
ISC 553 Info Systems Website Mngt,
ISC 557 Modeling and Decision  Support Systems,
ISC 559 Info Systems Adv Networks  and Communications
ISC 571 Info Systems Data  Warehousing and Decision  Support,
CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin,
                   And
CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence &  Heuristic Programming

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree:

CIS 594 Directed Study,
CIS 595 Computer Science Research  Development,
                   And
CIS 598 Computer and Information  Sciences Project

THESIS OPTION
For students choosing the thesis option, a preliminary prospectus, which forms the basis for the proposed investigation, will be developed as part of the CIS Research Methodologies course (CIS 518). Acceptance into the thesis option is based on satisfactory completion of the core courses with a minimum grade of “B” and a satisfactory review of the preliminary prospectus. Normally, a student will prepare the final prospectus in the semester following completion of CIS 518 while enrolled in CIS 595 (Computer Science Research Development). Students must enroll in CIS 595 in the semester during which they defend their prospectus. The thesis will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CIS 599 (Computer and Information Sciences Thesis). Students must enroll in CIS 599 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their thesis. A grade of “C” in CIS 595 or 599 will result in dismissal from the thesis option.

1. Six (6) credit hours are required as follows:
CIS 595 Computer Science Research  Development,
                   And
CIS 599 Computer and Information  Sciences Thesis

2. A. Computer Science: 
Fifteen (15) credit hours of directed electives are required from the following suggested courses:

CSC 510 Compiler Design and  Construction,
CSC 511 Comm and Network  Analysis,
CSC 512 Real-Time Software  Systems,
CSC 513 Computer Graphics,
CSC 514 Modeling and  Simulation,
CSC 515 Numerical Analysis, CSC 524 Computer Language  Design,
CSC 526 Database Structure and  Design,
CSC 532 Advanced Operating  Systems,
CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence  and Heuristic  Programming,
ISC 561 Info Systems Database  Mngt,
                   And
ISC 563 Information Systems  Database Administration,

A maximum of three (3) credit hours of the following courses may be applied toward the degree:

CIS 594 Directed Study,
CIS 595 Computer Science  Research Development,
CIS 598 Computer and  Information Sciences Project,
                   And
CIS 599 Computer and  Information Sciences  Thesis

B. Information Science: Fifteen (15) credit hours of directed electives are required from the following suggested courses:

ISC 551 Human/Computer  Interface Design,
ISC 553 Information Systems  Website Management,
ISC 557 Modeling and Decision  Support Systems,
ISC 559 Info Systems Adv  Networks and  Communications,
ISC 571 Info Systems Data  Warehousing and  Decision Support,
CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation,
CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin,
                   And
CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence  and Heuristic  Programming,

A maximum of three (3) credit hours of the following courses may be applied to the degree:

CIS 594 Directed Study,
CIS 595 Computer Science  Research Development,
CIS 598 Computer & Information  Sciences Project,
                   And
CIS 599 Computer and  Information Sciences  Thesis

DESCRIPTIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCES COURSES ARE FOUND AS FOLLOWS:

Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)
Computer Science (CSC)
Information Science (ISC)
Information Technology (ITE)
Computer Engineering (CpE)

 

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