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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2006-2007

 

SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
 

Dean: David L. Feinstein (251) 460-6390

Director, CIS Graduate Studies: R. J. Daigle
Coordinators: Daigle (ISC), Doran (CSC), Owen (ITE)
Professors: Daigle, Doran, Feinstein, Longenecker, Pardue
Associate Professors: Hain, Landry, Langan, Owen, Simmons, Sweeney
Assistant Professors: Johnsten, Moulton, Zhou
Senior Instructors: Chapman, McKinney
Instructors: Black, Clark, Denton, Johnson, Snow, Whitston
 
School of Computer and Information Sciences web site
http://www.cis.usouthal.edu
 
School of Computer and Information Systems Graduate Program
 
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 lifelong 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
CIS majors must elect course work in one of three areas of specialization:
1. Computer Science (CSC)
2. Information Systems (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 Computing Accreditation Commission (CSC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) has accredited the Computer Science, the Information Systems, and the Information Technology specializations.
 
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. Courses offer students the opportunity to explore current trends in computing such as: game development, robotics, graphics, and data mining.
 
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (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 Systems professionals distinguish themselves by integrating technology into business. Information Systems graduates pursue professional careers as application developers, database analysts, business analysts and into managerial positions. The combination of business, technical, and interpersonal skills are what recruiters demand of Information Systems professionals.
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ITE):
Information technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based tools to deliver today’s rapidly evolving computing technology to knowledge 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.
 
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.
All undergraduate students in the School of Computer and Information Sciences must comply with the University's general education requirements, see Academic Policies and Procedures. Although these requirements are not specifically organized according to the four general education areas, each of the specializations, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology, incorporates the general education requirements within the published programs.
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.
Any courses taken at another institution to meet degree requirements must have prior approval of the School of Computer and Information Sciences Dean. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work.
 
COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY
All students enrolling in any undergraduate or graduate courses offered by the School of CIS except for CIS 100, CIS 101, CIS 110, CIS 150, CIS 175, CIS 210, CIS 211, CIS 227, CIS 250 and CIS 500, 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. For more information consult Links for Students, Resources, Policies at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu.
 
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. All undergraduate transfer students are required to take CIS 100, Information Technology in Society.
 
FIVE-YEAR COMBINED BACHELORS AND MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS
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 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.
 
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 250.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPUTER SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION (CSC)
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 (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, or Music,
 
b.
one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 And
 
c.
two additional courses (6 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature,
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required from the consisting of:
 
a.
one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
    And
 
b.
three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Sixteen (16) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required. Complete one of the following sequences:
 
A.
PH 201, 201L Cal-Based Physics I and
 
PH 202, 202L Cal-Based Physics II
 
B.
CH 131, 131L Chemistry I and
 
CH 132, 132L Chemistry II
 
C.
GY 111, 111L Geology I and
 
GY 112, 112L Geology II
 
D.
BLY 121, 121L Biology I and
 
BLY 122, 122L Biology II
 
AND  
  Eight (8) credit hours of any approved natural science courses and the associated laboratory experience.
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.
6. CORE COURSES - Forty-four (44) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society
 
PC
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
 
PC
CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
 
PC
CIS 230 Adv Data and File  Structures
 
PC
CSC 228 Digital Logic and Comp Architecture
    CSC 311 Networking and Communications
    CIS 322 Operating Systems
    CSC 324 Database Concepts
    CSC 331 Software Engineering Principles (W)
    CIS 497 Senior Project (W)
    CSC 320 Computer Organization  and Architecture
    CSC 333 Program Language Theory  (W)
      And  
    CSC 432 Perform Eval of  Algorithms
7. CIS ELECTIVES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required. Select any four (4) of the following courses:
 
CSC 410 Compiler Design & Const
 
CSC 411 Comm & Network Analysis
 
CSC 412 Real-Time Systems
 
CSC 413 Computer Graphics
 
CSC 414 Modeling and Simulation
 
CSC 415 Numerical Analysis
 
CSC 433 Artificial intelligence
    CSC 434 Formal Language and  Automata Theory
 
CIS 439 Windows Programming
 
ITE 474 Human Computer  Interface
8.
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester - hour requirement. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Computer Science Coordinator.
   
  SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
 
Computer Science Specialization
Fall   Spring
CIS 100 CA 110
CIS 101 CIS 120
CIS 115 MA 125
MA 267 EH 102
EH 101* FPA&H Elective
CA 275    
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIZATION (ISC)
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 (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, or Music,
 
b.
one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236,
 
  And  
 
c.
one additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy and Literature.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Nine (9) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
    And
 
b.
two additional courses (6 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
4.
THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required from approved areas: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102L.
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
A.
PC
MA 267 Discrete Mathematical Structures
      And    
 
B.
one course from  
   
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
   
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And    
 
C.
one course from  
   
PC
BUS 255 Applied Business  Statistics II
   
PC
ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
   
PC
ST 340 Design and Analysis  of Experiments
6.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENT - Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
ACC 211 Accounting Principles I
 
PC
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
 
MGT 300 Management Theory  & Practice
 
MGT 340 Organizational  Behavior
        And  
      MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
7.
CORE COURSES - Fifty (50) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society
 
PC
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
 
PC
CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
 
PC
CIS
120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS
121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
 
PC
ISC
245 Info Systems in Organizations
 
PC
ITE 272 Introduction to Information Technology II
 
PC
ITE
285 Scripting and Windows Programming
    CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
   
CIS
324 Database Design, Development, and Management
    ITE 475 Information Technology Project Management
   
ISC
360 Info Systems Analysis and Design (W)
   
ISC
361 Database for Info Systems
   
ISC
362 Information Systems Object-oriented Analysis & Design
    ISC 445 Information Systems Strategy and Policy
   
ITE
474 Human/Computer Interface
        AND
   
CIS
497 Senior Project (W)
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:
   
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
382 Network Administration
 
ITE
384 Network Infrastructure
 
ITE
476 Network Security Management
 
ITE
484 Advanced Network Management
 
B.
Group II:
 
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
370 Advanced Application  Development
 
ITE
472 Advanced Data  Management
 
ISC
457 Data Warehousing & Decision Support
 
ISC
463 Info Systems DBA and  Security
 
C.
Group III:
 
Three (3) courses selected from:
 
ITE
375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
    ITE 380 Multimedia Production
 
ITE
453 Web Site Management
 
ITE
482 ITE E-Commerce Systems
         
9.
GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128-semester-hour requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
         
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Systems Specialization
Fall   Spring
CIS 100 CA 110
CIS 101 ISC 245
CIS 115 CIS 120
EH 101* EH 102
MA 267 ACC 211
PC Elective    
*Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101.
 
   
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION (ITE)
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 Discussion
 
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 (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, or Music,
 
b.
one course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236,
 
c.
two additional courses (6 semester hours) 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 sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
3. THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of:
 
a.
one course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136
    And
 
b.
three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  Two courses in the SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES must be either a Literature sequence from (EH 215-216, EH 225-226, EH 235-236) OR a History sequence from (HY 101-102, HY 135-136).
4. THE NATURAL SCIENCES - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required.
  Complete one of the following sequences:
 
A.
PH 114, 114L Non-Calculus-Based Physics I, and
    PH 115, 115L Non-Calculus-Based Physics II
 
B.
PH 201, 201L Calculus-Based Physics I, and
 
PH 202, 202L Calculus-Based Physics II
 
C.
BLY 101, 101L Life Science I and
 
BLY 102, 102L Life Science II
 
D.
BLY 121, 121L General Biology I and
 
BLY 122, 122L General Biology II
 
E.
CH 131, 131L General Chemistry I, and
 
CH 132, 132L General Chemistry II
 
F.
GY 111, 111L Earth Materials and
 
GY 112, 112L Earth History
 
G.
GEO 101, 101L Atmospheric Processes and
    GEO 102, 102L Landscape Processes and Patterns
5.
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
MA 267 Discrete Mathematical Structures
 
PC
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
      Or  
 
PC
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
      And  
 
PC
BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II
      Or  
    ST 310 Statistical Research Techniques
      Or  
    ST 340 Design and Analysis of Experiments
6. CORE COURSES - Fifty (50) credit hours are required as follows:
 
PC
CIS 100 Information Technology in Society
 
PC
CIS 101 Freshman Seminar - CIS
 
PC
CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
    CIS 321 Data Communications
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, & Management
    CIS 497 Senior Project (W)
 
PC
ITE 271 Intro to Information Tech I
 
PC
ITE 272 Intro to Information Tech II
 
PC
ITE 285 Scripting and Windows Prog
    ITE 370 Advanced Application Dev
    ITE 382 Network Administration
    ITE 474 Human Computer  Interface
    ITE 475 IT Project Management
    ITE 480 Needs Assessment and Technology Evaluation  (W)
      And  
    ITE 485 Senior Demonstration Project
7. ITE ELECTIVES - Eighteen (18) credit hours are required. Students complete one of the following Focus Tracks consisting of nine (9) hours of specified courses and nine (9) hours of approved specialization support electives:
 
A.
Data Management:
    ISC 457 Data Warehousing & Decision Support
    ISC 463 Info Systems DBA & Security
    ITE 472 Advanced Data Management
 
B.
Web Publishing:
    ITE 375 Publishing for the World  Wide Web
    ITE 453 Web Site Management
    ITE 380 Multimedia Production
 
C.
Networking:
    ITE 384 Network Infrastructure Systems
    ITE 476 Network Security Management
    ITE 484 Advanced Network Management
  Specialization Support Electives - Nine (9) credit hours are required. Support electives are designed to further refine and develop a set of focused skills. Support electives generally add the following types of skills to the focus track: communications, e-commerce, or business. Support electives require approval of advisor/ coordinator.
8. GENERAL STUDIES ELECTIVES - Hours as needed to meet degree and 128 semester-hour-requirements. All General Studies Electives must be approved by the Information Technology Coordinator.
   
 
SUGGESTED FRESHMAN COURSES
Information Technology Specialization
Fall   Spring
CIS 100 CA 110
CIS 101 CIS 120
CIS 115 PHL 121
EH 101* EH 102
MA 267 PC Elective
PC Elective    
   
  * Students with a 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 four (4) options with a minimum grade of "C" in each course. An E-Commerce major who wishes to earn a minor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences must see the ITE coordinator to prepare a special minor plan.
  1. Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Option*
 
PC
CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
 
PC
CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
 
PC
CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
    CIS 230 Adv Data & File  Structures
    CSC 331 Software Engineering  Principles
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking
      And  
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
      Or  
  2. Information Technology (ITE) Option*
    CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
    CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
    ITE 271 Intro to Information Technology I
    ITE 285 Scripting & Windows  Prog
    CIS 321 Data Comm and  Networking
    CIS 324 Database Design,  Development, &  Management
      And  
    ITE 272 Intro to Information Technology II
      Or  
  3. Computer and Information Sciences (ISC) Option *
    CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
    CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
    ISC 245 Info Systems in Organizations
    ITE 285 Scripting & Windows Prog
    CIS 321 Data Comm and Networking
    CIS 324 Database Design, Development & Management
      And  
    ISC 360 Info Systems Analysis and Design
      Or  
  4. Computer Science (CSC) Option*
    CIS 115 Intro to Problem Solving and Programming
    CIS 120 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts I
    CIS 121 Problem Solving and Prog Concepts II
    CIS 230 Adv Data & File Structures
      And 1 course from
    CSC 228 Digital Logic and Computer Architecture
    CSC 331 Software Engineering Principles
      And 2 courses from
    CSC 320 Computer Organization and Architecture
    CIS 321 Data Comm and Networking
    CSC 311 Networking and Communications
    CIS 322 Operating Systems
    CIS 324 Database Design, Development & Design
    CSC 324 Database Concepts
    CSC 333 Programming Language Theory (W)
  *At least 9 hours of courses in the minor, including all 300 level courses, must be completed at the University of South Alabama.
 
GRADUATE
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 SYSTEMS (ISC) for students interested in business and organizational applications and information systems management.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. Applicants who have an earned undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and who satisfy the admission criteria for the Graduate School (See Graduate School, Categories of Admission) may qualify for admission to the School of Computer and Information Sciences Graduate Program.
  • Applicants whose highest degree is an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education may qualify for Regular Admission based upon their previous graduate work.
  • Applicants whose highest degree is an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education must provide official scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE in addition to the Graduate School requirements for Regular or Provisional Admission.
Final admission decisions are made based upon an evaluation of the applicant's complete file which consists of all official academic transcripts, undergraduate grade-point average; GRE scores; three (3) letters of reference; professional experience; the applicant's statement of purpose; TOEFL scores (for international applicants); and program enrollment and availability.
 
NON-DEGREE ADMISSION
The School of CIS does not accept Non-Degree admissions to the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences.
 
COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY
All students enrolling in any undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the School of CIS, except CIS 100, CIS 101, CIS 110, CIS 150, CIS 175, CIS 210, CIS 211, CIS 227, CIS 250, and CIS 500, 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. For more information consult Links for Students, Resources, Policies at www.cis.usouthal.edu.
 
CIS GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
All CIS graduate courses require CIS Graduate Professional Component Standing. Upon entering the School of Computer and Information Sciences Graduate Program, the student meets with the coordinator of the student's specialization area (CSC or ISC) to prepare an initial draft of the student's personal program of study. To obtain a greater understanding of acquired computing skills and knowledge, the School of CIS may administer a CIS Foundation Placement Examination to students entering the School of CIS graduate program. The specialization coordinator reviews the student's previous academic work to see if any courses from the CIS Graduate Foundation or the Required/Supporting courses are to be included as part of the student's personal program of study. These prescribed courses form the CIS Graduate Professional Component requirement for the student. A student attains CIS Graduate Professional Component Standing if either a) the student is not prescribed Professional Component courses or b) the student successfully completes each prescribed Professional Component course with a minimum grade of "B". A student who earns a grade of less than "B" in any prescribed Professional Component course must repeat the course until a minimum grade of "B" is attained. Grades earned in prescribed Professional Component courses are used in determining probation or dismissal from the School of CIS graduate program. The CIS Foundation and Requirement/Supporting Courses (undergraduate equivalents are listed in parenthesis) for each specialization are enumerated below:
1. CIS GRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES:
A. Courses common to Computer Science (CSC) and Information Systems (ISC) Specializations
  Three (3) CIS Foundation courses common to both CSC and ISC specializations are as follows:
  a. CIS 501 Accelerated Programming
    (CIS 120) (Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I) And
    (CIS 121) (Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II)
  b. CIS 321 Data Comm and Networking
  c. CIS 507 Database Programming
    (CIS 324) (Database Design, Development, and Management)
B. Computer Science (CSC)
  Three (3) additional CIS Foundation courses for the CSC specialization are:
  a. CIS 322 Operating Systems
  b. CIS 503 Accelerated Data and File Structures
    (CIS 230) (Adv Data and File Structures)
  c. CSC 333 Program Language Theory
C. Information Systems (ISC)
  Three (3) additional CIS Foundation courses for the ISC specialization are:
  a. ITE 285 Scripting and Windows Prog
  b. ITE 272 Intro to Information Tech II
  c. CIS 506 IS in Organizations (no undergraduate equivalent)
2. REQUIRED SUPPORTING COURSES:
  The supporting courses required for each specialization area are as follows:
  a. COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC)
    MA 125 Calculus I
    MA 126 Calculus II
    MA 267 Discrete Math
      And  
    ST 315 Statistics
  b. INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC)
    MA 267 Discrete Math
    MGT 340 Organizational Behavior
    MGT 497 MBA Statistical Analysis
      And  
    One additional approved Business/Management course
 
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 (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 BULLETIN UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the CIS program may choose any bulletin from their entry date to their time of graduation. This applies for new students and transfer students. Students at the University of South Alabama changing their graduate 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 bulletin selection.
 
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 the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years from the date of matriculation as a CIS graduate student. The five calendar year constraint also applies to all accepted transfer courses.
 
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 expected of all graduate students. For students enrolled in these special courses: CIS 518, CIS 594, CIS 595, CSC 595, ISC 595, CIS 598, CSC 598, ISC 598, and CIS 599. Moreover students enrolled in these special courses are required to give a presentation each semester based on their work in the course in which they are enrolled.
 
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. For more information consult Links for Students, Resources, Organizational Affiliations at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu.
 
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.
 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
All CIS masters students must complete a comprehensive examination for the CORE courses in their Specialization (Computer Science or Information Systems). The comprehensive examination may be repeated no more than twice. A written examination is required of students who choose the Course Only Concentration, an oral examination is required of students who complete either the Thesis Concentration or the Project Concentration. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
 
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. 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.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSC) SPECIALIZATION
Students must satisfactorily complete any prescribed CIS Graduate Professional Component courses, a comprehensive examination, and thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours for the Master of Science degree with Computer Science specialization. The thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours consist of twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, three (3) semester hours of REQUIRED courses, and twenty-one (21) semester hours of approved elective courses according to the selected concentration option as follows:
1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
    CSC 520 Computer Architecture
    CSC 522 Perform Eval of  Algorithms
    CSC 525 Complexity Theory
      And  
    CSC 527 Software Engineering Prin
         
2. REQUIRED COURSES (3 semester hours):
    CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
 
3. CONCENTRATIONS (21 semester hours):
  A. THESIS CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the THESIS CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Computer Science core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". Students must enroll in CIS 595 (Computer and Information Sciences Research Development) in the semester during which they defend their thesis 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 will result in dismissal from the THESIS CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION. Thesis/project dissertation guidelines and forms are available at the University of South Alabama Graduate School web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/graduateprograms/forms.html.
  a. Research Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Thesis
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives. A list of Pre-Approved Computer Science elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis committee accepts the thesis. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
  B. PROJECT CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the PROJECT CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Computer Science core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". A required defense of the project proposal is normally made in the semester following completion of CIS 518. Students must enroll in CSC 595, Computer Science Project Proposal Development, in the semester during which they defend their project proposal. The project will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in CSC 598, Computer Science Project. Students must enroll in CSC 598 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their project. A grade of "C" in CSC 595 will result in the dismissal from the PROJECT CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the PROJECT CONCENTRATION. Thesis/project dissertation guidelines and forms are available at the University of South Alabama Graduate School web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/graduateprograms/forms.html.
  a. Project Proposal Development
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CSC 595, Computer Science Project Proposal Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Project
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CSC 598, Computer Science Project, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of twelve (12) and a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours of approved electives. A list of Pre-Approved Computer Science elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Project Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the project committee accepts the project. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
     
  C. COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION
  Computer Science students who do not choose the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION are assumed to be in the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. Acceptance to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION occurs after successfully completing each Computer Science core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S".
  a. Elective Course Work
    Twenty-one (21) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. None of CSC 598, ISC 598, or CIS 599 may be applied to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Computer Science elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  b. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in this Concentration must pass a written comprehensive examination. Students must take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing each Computer Science core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the Director of CIS Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The site for the online application may be found by following the Links for Students selection on the School of CIS web site, http://cis.usouthal.edu . The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the CIS office. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
   
4. COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTIVES
  A list of Pre-Approved Computer Science elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given below. All other courses must be approved by the Computer Sciences Coordinator. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of non-CSC or non-CIS courses will be allowed.
  A. PRE-APPROVED COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTIVES
    CSC 510 Compiler Design and Const
    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 559 Info Systems Applications Design and Implementation
    ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt.
    ISC 571 Info Systems Data Warehousing and Decision Support
         
  B. SPECIAL PERMISSION COURSES
    Approval of the Computer Science Coordinator and the Director of the CIS Graduate Studies is required for CIS Graduate faculty sponsorship of a Special Permission course. A maximum of three (3) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION; a maximum of six (6) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION.
    CIS 594 Directed Study
    CIS 595 Computer Science Research Development
    CSC 595 Computer Science Project Proposal Development
    CIS 598 Computer and Information Sciences Project
         
REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE WITH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) SPECIALIZATION:
Students must satisfactorily complete any prescribed CIS Graduate Professional Component courses, a comprehensive examination, and thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours for the Master of Science degree with Information Systems specialization. The thirty-six (36) graduate hours consist of twelve (12) hours of CORE courses, twelve (12) hours of REQUIRED courses, and twelve (12) semester hours of approved elective courses according to the selected CONCENTRATION option as follows:
1. CORE COURSES (12 semester hours):
  All core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B”.
    ISC 551 Human/Computer  Interface Design
    ISC 560 Info Systems Analysis and Design
    ISC 561 Info Systems Database Mgt
      And  
    ISC 565 Info Systems Project and  Change Mgt
2. REQUIRED COURSES (12 semester hours):
    CIS 518 CIS Research  Methodologies
    ISC 545 Management Information Systems
    ISC 559 Applications Design and Implementation
    ISC 567 IS Function Integration
         
3. CONCENTRATIONS (12 semester hours):
  A. THESIS CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the THESIS CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". Students must enroll in CIS 595 (Computer and Information Sciences Research Development) in the semester during which they defend their thesis 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 will result in dismissal from the THESIS CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION.
  a. Research Development
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 595, Computer and Information Sciences Research Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Thesis
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of CIS 599, Computer and Information Sciences Thesis, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the thesis committee accepts the thesis. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
  B. PROJECT CONCENTRATION
  Acceptance to the PROJECT CONCENTRATION may occur after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". A required defense of the project proposal is normally made in the semester following completion of CIS 518. Students must enroll in ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development, in the semester during which they defend their project proposal. The project will normally be completed in one semester while enrolled in ISC 598, Information Systems Project. Students must enroll in ISC 598 in the semester during which they defend and/or submit their project. A grade of "C" in ISC 595 will result in dismissal from the PROJECT CONCENTRATION to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the PROJECT CONCENTRATION.
  a. Project Proposal Development
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 595, Information Systems Project Proposal Development, may be applied towards the degree.
  b. Project
    A minimum of three (3) and maximum of six (6) semester hours credit of ISC 598, Information Systems Project, may be applied towards the degree.
  c. Elective Course Work
    A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section.
  d. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in the Thesis Concentration must pass an oral comprehensive examination administered after the project committee accepts the thesis. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
     
  C. COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION
  Information Systems students who do not choose the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION are assumed to be in the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. Acceptance to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION occurs after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S".
  a. Elective Course Work
    Twelve (12) semester hours of approved electives are required. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. None of the ISC 598, CSC 598, or CIS 599 may be applied to the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION. A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given in this section. ISC 568 may be taken at most two (2) times for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION.
  b. Comprehensive Examination
    All students in this Concentration must pass a written examination. Students must take the examination as soon as possible after successfully completing each Information Systems core course with a minimum grade of "B" and CIS 518 with a grade of "S". Students wishing to sit for the examination must apply online to the Director of CIS Graduate Studies by the Friday of the last week of classes in the semester prior to which the examination is to be taken. The site for the online application may be found by following the Links for Students selection on the School of CIS web site, http://cis.usouthal.edu. The policy regarding the comprehensive examination is available in the CIS office. The comprehensive examination is offered at least once a year. The School of CIS Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.cis.usouthal.edu, Links for Students, Student Recourses, Applications and Forms.
     
4. INFORMATION SYSTEM ELECTIVES
  A list of Pre-Approved Information Systems elective courses and a list of Special Permission courses are given below. All other courses must be approved by the Information Systems Coordinator.
  A. PRE-APPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES
    ISC 553 Info Systems Web Site Mgt.
    ISC 557 Modeling and Decision Support Systems
    ISC 563 Info Systems Database Admin
    ISC 568 IS Enterprise Integration (may be repeated once - may ONLY be taken with the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION)
    ISC 571 Info Systems Date Warehousing and Decision Support
    CSC 511 Communications and Network Analysis
    CSC 514 Modeling and Simulation
    CSC 533 Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Programming
         
  B. SPECIAL PERMISSION COURSES
    Approval of the Information Systems Coordinator and the Director of the CIS Graduate Studies is required for CIS Graduate faculty sponsorship of a Special Permission Course. A maximum of three (3) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the THESIS CONCENTRATION or the PROJECT CONCENTRATION; a maximum of six (6) credit hours of Special Permission courses may be applied to the degree for the COURSE ONLY CONCENTRATION.
    CIS 594 Directed Study
    CIS 595 Computer Science Research Development
    ISC 595 Info Systems Project Proposal Development
    CIS 598 Computer & Information Sciences Project
         
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES COURSES:
 
 
 
 
 


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