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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING

Dean: Alec F. Yasinsac (251) 460-6390

School of Computing web site
http://www.soc.southalabama.edu
DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION
Computer Science
Health Informatics
Information Systems
Information Technology
School of Computing Graduate Studies
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED
The School of Computing (SoC) offers programs of study leading to the following degrees:
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CSC)
Bachelor of Science in Health Infomatics (HI)
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (ISC)
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (ITE)
Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)
ACCREDITATION
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  For a quick understanding of what accreditation is and why an accredited program should be chosen, go to http://www.abet.org/why-accreditation-matters/ . For an in-depth understanding of the accreditation process, go to http://www.abet.org/the_basics.shtml.
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School of Computing is to prepare graduates who are professionally competent, motivated to lifelong learning, and demonstrate ethical behavior in the computing sciences; to provide an atmosphere for faculty to demonstrate research and teaching excellence; and to provide service in the computing sciences to our community and discipline.

ADMISSION TO THE DEGREE PROGRAMS AND COURSES
In order to be admitted as an undergraduate major in the School of Computing, a student must be “calculus ready”. For a major in Computer Science, “calculus ready" means that the student is eligible to enroll in MA 125 (Calculus I). For a major in either Information Systems or Information Technology, “calculus ready” means that the student is eligible to enroll in MA 120, (Calculus and Its Applications).
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES IN THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTING
Majors in the School of Computing must complete requirements for one of the four Bachelor of Science Programs offered: Computer Science, Health Informatics, Information Systems, or Information Technology. Under special circumstances, and with approval of the Dean, a student may select a unique curriculum plan in which the general philosophy and requirements of the selected program are not violated.
All undergraduate students in the School of Computing 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 bachelor of science programs in the School of Computing, incorporates general education requirements within the published programs.
In addition to an overall grade-point average of 2.0, all courses in the major, prerequisites for courses in the major and required supporting courses for the major, 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 Computing Dean. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work.
LAPTOP OWNERSHIP POLICY
All students enrolling in any undergraduate or graduate courses offered by the School of Computing except for 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's minimum published standards. This is a one-student one-machine requirement. Students must register their laptops with the School of Computing Office in Shelby Hall Room 2303 during the first week of the semester.
For more information consult the Laptop Policy at http://www.soc.southalabama.edu.
TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer students must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours of courses at the 300-level or above of courses in their chosen program of study in the School of Computing. All undergraduate transfer students are required to satisfactorily complete CIS 300, Information Technology in Society at the University of South Alabama.
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 a B.S. degree in one of the four programs in the School of Computing 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. The minimum gpa requirement is 3.0. Financial aid is available to qualified students admitted to the program.
CHOICE OF BULLETIN UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Majors in the School of Computing may choose any bulletin 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 choice of major in the School of Computing, changing their major in another college to a major in one of the programs in the School of Computing or who interrupt their program of study for more than one calendar year are considered new students with respect to bulletin selection.
PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
The School of Computing administers a Computer Proficiency Examination (CPE) for the Computing Proficiency requirement for some majors and for placement in CIS 250.
Students wishing to sit for the CPE are required to enroll in CIS 010, Computer Proficiency Exam. Enrollment in a section of CIS 010 results in an assignment of a specific time, date, and location for an administration of the CPE
For more details see
http://www.cpe.soc.southalabama.edu.
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MSCIS 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 computing. There are two major areas of specializations 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. For more information about the Master of Science in CIS, Computer Science specialization, go to
http://soc.southalabama.edu/index.php/computer-science-csc.
2. INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ISC) for students interested in business and organizational applications and information systems management. For more information about the Master of Science in CIS, Information Systems specialization, go to
http://soc.southalabama.edu/index.php/information-systems-isc.

FULL LOAD OF COURSEWORK PER SEMESTER
Permission of the School of Computing dean is required to take more than 12 semester hours.
NATIONAL CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE EDUCATION
The University of South Alabama was awarded a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) designation in June 2011. This designation is awarded to institutions after a rigorous review for programs that have demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence in Information Assurance education. Student wishing to comply with USA's CAE/IAE graduate curriculum in conjunction with their specialization (Computer Science or Information Systems), must complete all required courses and must choose courses designated as IA in the specialization wherever an optional choice is presented.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. Applicants who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and who satisfy the admission criteria for the Graduate School (see http://southalabama.edu/graduateprograms/gradadmiss.html) may qualify for admission to the School of Computing Graduate Program. The School of Computing rarely accepts Non-Degree admissions to the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences.
Applications and Graduate Bulletins are available from the Admissions website, or the Director of Admissions, Meisler Hall, Suite 2500, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002. Telephone (251) 460-6141 or (800) 872-5247.
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 (when required); three (3) letters of reference regarding the applicant's ability to succeed in the Master of Science program in Computer and Information Sciences; the applicant's statement of purpose; TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants); and program enrollment and availability.
SCHOOL OF COMPUTING GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT
AND PROGRAM OF STUDY
All School of Computing graduate courses require SoC Graduate Professional Component Standing. Prior to enrollment in CIS graduate courses, the entering graduate student must meet with the coordinator of the student's specialization area (CSC or ISC) to prepare the student's personal program of study. The specialization coordinator reviews the student's previous academic work and results from any required School of Computing Foundation Placement Examinations to determine 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. The School of Computing Foundation and Requirement/Supporting Courses for each specialization are enumerated below:
1. SCHOOL OF COMPUTING GRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES:
A. Computer Science (CSC)
Required School of Computing Foundation courses for the CSC specialization are:
a. CSC 120 Problem Solving and Programming Concepts I and
CSC 121 or Problem Solving and Programming Concepts II
CIS 401 Accelerated Programming
b. CSC 230 Advanced Data and File Structures
c. CSC 311 Networking and Communications
d. CSC 322 Operating Systems
Supporting Courses for the Computer Science specialization are:
a. MA 125 Calculus I
b. MA 126 Calculus II
Recommended Courses
CSC 228 Digital Logic
CIS 324 Database Design Development, and Management
B. Information Systems (ISC)
Required School of Computing Foundation courses for the ISC specialization are:
a. CIS 115 Beginning Programming
ISC 285 Intermediate Programming
b. ISC 272 Systems Architecture
c. CIS 321 Data Communications and Networking
d. CIS 324 Database Design, Development, and Management
Supporting Courses for the Information Systems specialization are:
a. BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I OR
ST 210 Statistical Reasoning
b. MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
International students must submit documentary evidence showing IELTS test scores of at least 6.0 or TOEFL test scores of at least 525 on the paper version, 197 on the computer version, or 71 on the internet version or an equivalent level of competence as exhibited by a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the United States. The School of Computing reserves the right to exclude students with more than five course failures.
CHOICE OF BULLETIN UNDER WHICH A STUDENT GRADUATES
Students entering the SoC masters 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 School of Computing, changing their major to School of Computing, 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 COMPUTING
No more than four graduate courses, maximum of twelve (12) semester hours taken outside of the School of Computing 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. A formal request for transfer credits must be made to the coordinator of the student's specialization area (CSC or ISC). Any such transfer courses must be approved by the SoC Director of Graduate Studies and may not have been used to fulfill the requirements of another graduate degree.
SCHEDULING OF COURSES
The graduate program 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 needed.
TIME LIMITATION
All requirements for the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the date of matriculation as a School of Computing graduate student. The seven calendar year constraint also applies to all accepted transfer courses.
GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR
The School of Computing 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. Attendance is required for students enrolled in any of these special courses: CIS 518, CIS 594, 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
Masters 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 Current Student Information, Websites of Interest at http://www.soc.southalabama.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 Computing. Applications are available online at:
www.usouthal.edu/graduateprogramsforms.html.

All graduate assistants must enroll in CIS 597, CIS Graduate Seminar.
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
All School of Computing 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 and an oral examination is required of students who complete the Thesis Concentration.
The School of computing Comprehensive Examination Policies and Procedures document and the Comprehensive Examination Application form are available at http://www.soc.southalabama.edu.
GRADUATE SCHOOL STANDARDS
For all other graduate policies and procedures not specifically stated for the Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences degree program, refer to the Graduate School at  http://www.southalabama.edu/bulletin/graduate.htm.
DESCRIPTIONS OF GENERAL COMPUTING (CIS) COURSES
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