University Bulletin 2016-17

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School of Computing

School of Computing (251) 460-6390
Dean Alec F. Yasinsac

School of Computing web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc

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.

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/

National center of academic excellence in information assurance education

The University of South Alabama was first awarded a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) designation in June 2011 and was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2014 through 2021. 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/IA-CD curriculum in conjunction with their specialization must complete all required courses and must choose courses designated as IA in the specialization wherever an optional choice is presented.

Undergraduate

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 five Bachelor of Science Programs offered: Computer Science, Cyber Assurance, 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.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.

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.

Graduate

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/departments/admissions/graduatestudents/index.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.

  • Applicants whose highest degree is a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education will not be required to provide GRE scores since these applicants 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 Revised General Test in addition to the Graduate School requirements for Regular or Provisional Admission.

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.

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://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc/computerscience.
  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://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc/ist.

Full load of coursework per semester

Permission of the School of Computing dean is required to take more than 12 semester hours.

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.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.

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.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.

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: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/eforms/graduateschool/GSForm12GradAssistanship.pdf.

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.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc.

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, see Computer Science Master's program.

General Education Requirements

Computer Science (CSC) Course Title Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Six (6) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  6
EH 101* * 3 English Composition I  
EH 102 3 EH 102 English Composition II  
Or EH 105 3 Honors Composition  
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) hours consisting of: 12
CA 110 (minimum grade of "C" is required) 3 Public Speaking  
One course from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123 3    
One course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 3    
One addition course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature 3    
Two courses 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).
Area III -Natural Sciences and Mathematics      
A. Natural Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required. Completion of one of the following sequences is required.  12
Completion of one of the following sequences is required. PH 201, 201L, 202, 202L; CH 131, 131L, 132, 132L; GY 111, 111L, 112, 112L; BLY 121, 121L, 122, 122L.  8    
Four (4) credit hours of any approved natural science courses and the associated laboratory experience 4    
B. Mathematics and Statistics - Twenty (20) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows: 20
MA 125 4    
MA 126 4    
MA 267  3    
ST 315 3    
2 additional courses from the approved math minor courses. 6    
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of: 12
One course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136 3    
Three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology 9    
Two courses 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).
Cyber Assurance (CYB) Course Title Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Six (6) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  6
EH 101*  3 English Composition I  
EH 102 3 EH 102 English Composition II  
Or EH 105 3 Honors Composition  
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) hours consisting of: 12
CA 110 (minimum grade of "C" is required) 3 Public Speaking  
One course from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123 3    
One course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 3    
One addition course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature 3    
Two courses in 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).
Area III -Natural Sciences and Mathematics      
A. Natural Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required.  12
PH 201, 201L Cal-Based Physics and PH 202, 202L Cal-Based Physics II      
AND      
Four (4) credit hours of any approved natural science courses and the associated laboratory experience. Cannot be a lower level physics course.      
B. Mathematics and Statistics - Twenty (20) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows: 20
MA 125      
MA 126      
MA 267      
MA 311      
MA 481      
ST 315      
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of: 12
One course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136 3    
Three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology 9    
Two courses in 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).
Health Informatics (HI) Course Title Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Six (6) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  6
EH 101*  3 English Composition I  
EH 102 3 EH 102 English Composition II  
Or EH 105 3 Honors Composition  
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) hours consisting of: 12
CA 110 (minimum grade of "C" is required) 3 Public Speaking  
One course from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 240 or ARH 242 3    
One course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 3    
One addition course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature 3    
Two courses 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).
Area III -Natural Sciences and Mathematics      
A. Natural Sciences - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required. Completion of one of the following sequences is required.  8
Eight (8) credit hours are required. (Must include associated lab) Approved areas: PH, CH, GY, BLY, GEO      
B. Mathematics and Statistics - Nine (9) credit hours are required as follows: 9
MA 112 or higher      
BUS 245 or ST 210      
BUS 255 or ST 310      
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of: 12
PSY 120    General Psychology  
One course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136      
Two additional courses (6 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology      
Two courses 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).
Information Systems (ISC) Course Title Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Six (6) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  6
EH 101* * 3 English Composition I  
EH 102 3 EH 102 English Composition II  
Or EH 105 3 Honors Composition  
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) hours consisting of: 12
CA 110 (minimum grade of "C" is required) 3 Public Speaking  
One course from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123 3    
One course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 3    
One addition course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature 3    
Two courses 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).
Area III -Natural Sciences and Mathematics      
A. Natural Sciences - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required.  8
Approved areas are Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102L.  8    
B. Mathematics and Statistics - Nine (9) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows: 9
One course from MA 120, MA 125, or MA 267  3    
One course from BUS 245, ST 210  3    
One course from BUS 255, ST 310, ST 340  3    
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of: 12
One course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136 3    
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics 3    
Two additional courses (6 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology 6    
Two courses 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).
Information Technology (ITE) Course Title Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition and Communication - Six (6) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows:  6
EH 101*  3 English Composition I  
EH 102 3 EH 102 English Composition II  
Or EH 105 3 Honors Composition  
* Students with a sufficient ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101
Area II - Humanities and Fine Arts - Twelve (12) hours consisting of: 12
CA 110 (minimum grade of "C" is required) 3 Public Speaking  
One course (3 semester hours) from ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 240,
or ARH 242.
3    
One course from EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, or EH 236 3    
One additional course (3 semester hours) from Art, Drama, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy or Literature. 3    
Two courses 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).
Area III -Natural Sciences and Mathematics      
A. Natural Sciences - Eight (8) credit hours of natural sciences, which must include laboratory experiences, are required.  8
Approved areas are Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, and Geography 101 and 101L, Geography 102 and 102L.  8    
B. Mathematics and Statistics - Nine (9) credit hours, with a minimum grade of "C" in each course, are required as follows: 9
One course from MA 120, MA 125, or MA 267  3    
One course from BUS 245 or ST 210  3    
One course from BUS 255, ST 310,  or ST 340  3    
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Twelve (12) credit hours are required consisting of: 12
One course from HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136 3    
Three additional courses (9 semester hours) from the following approved areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology 9    
Two courses 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).