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    Online Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Doctor of Philosophy - Doctoral Enrollment: 300 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice, Campus visits Subject: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

     
    DESCRIPTION
    This program offers a course of study leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in computer science. Its format provides professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is especially well suited to those in industry, education, or government who are involved with one of the many areas of computer science. It provides research-oriented professionals with knowledge in the major areas of computer science and the ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems. Each student must complete eight courses, four projects, and a dissertation. The program is designed for the student with a master抯 degree in computer science, or a closely related field. The applicant should satisfy graduate prerequisites or have equivalent experience in programming languages, data communications and computer networks, operating systems, compilers, database management systems, theory of computation, design and analysis of algorithms, and computer architecture.

    The program has been offered in distance/online format since 1997. It employs an optimal combination of dynamic learning models and flexible interactive media (i.e., on-line courses and four on-campus weekends (clusters) per year, held quarterly) so that working professionals do not have to relocate for their graduate studies. Students must attend clusters only while taking courses, usually during the first two years of their programs.

    Clusters bring together students, faculty, and staff members for participation in class lectures, dissertation counseling (individual and group), special lectures, and ample opportunity for student杅aculty and student� interaction.

    Between on-campus meetings, students work on assignments and projects, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students. The online component involves use of World Wide Web pages to access course materials, announcements, the Electronic Library, and other information. Online activities may include forums using threaded discussion boards, chat rooms, email, and electronic classroom sessions. In addition, the school provides a system that enables the student to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive his or her professor's online reviews of assignments in the same formats.

    Curriculum:

    The program requires 64 credit hours, of which 40 are for courses and 24 are for the dissertation. Most students take two core courses and one project course per term during the first two years and register for the dissertation in the third year. Core courses, project courses, and dissertation registrations are listed below:

    Core Courses (three credits each) (Select eight of these.)
    CISD 700 Theory and Principles of Programming
    CISD 730 Operating Systems
    CISD 740 Data Communications and Computer Networking
    CISD 750 Database Management Systems
    CISD 760 Artificial Intelligence
    CISD 770 Software Engineering
    CISD 790 Special Topics in Computer Science (offered on various subjects)
    CISD 792 Computer Graphics
    CISD 794 Knowledge Discovery in Databases

    Project Courses (four credits each) (Select four of these. Must be taken concurrent with, or following completion of, the corresponding core course.)
    CISD 800 Project in Theory and Principles of Programming
    CISD 830 Project in Operating Systems
    CISD 840 Project in Data Communications and Computer Networking
    CISD 850 Project in Database Management Systems
    CISD 860 Project in Artificial Intelligence
    CISD 870 Project in Software Engineering
    CISD 890 Project in Special Topics in Computer Science
    CISD 892 Project in Computer Graphics
    CISD 894 Project in Knowledge Discovery in Databases

    Dissertation Registrations
    DCIS 910 Dissertation I (12 credits)
    DCIS 915 Dissertation II (12 credits)
    DCIS 920 Continuing Dissertation (6 credits)

    During the first two years of the program, most students complete two three朿redit core or elective courses and one four朿redit project course each term. After the completion of all courses and 40 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0, the student registers for the dissertation at 12 credits per term for two terms. Students who have not completed the dissertation after registrations for Dissertation I and Dissertation II must register for Continuing Dissertation until they have satisfied the dissertation requirement.

    See the school抯 doctoral brochure or graduate catalog for course descriptions. These documents may be downloaded from the school's website.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    N/A
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students are provided university computer accounts but must have an active account with an Internet service provider. Students may use either an IBM-compatible PC or Apple/Macintosh computer. The university accounts allow access to certain databases, Forums, ESET, and other programs. The following are minimum requirements. Individual professors may have additional software and hardware requirements, depending on the course. Such additional requirements will be posted well before the start of the term.

    IBM-compatible PC
    Pentium 200 MMX processor or higher, Pentium III/4 processor recommended; 64 Megabytes of RAM (128MB or higher preferred); CD-ROM; 20GB hard drive (30GB or higher preferred); SVGA (1024 x 768) or higher display; Full Duplex Sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone; Windows Operating System; 56 kb Modem (or faster) Internet connection through an account on an ISP, or a network connection to the Internet.

    Macintosh
    PowerPC 120Mhz processor or higher, G4 processor recommended; 64 Megabytes of RAM (128MB or higher preferred); CD-ROM; 20GB hard drive (30GB or higher preferred); 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution, thousands of colors; Full Duplex Sound with a microphone; System 8.6 or higher operating system; 56 kb Modem (or faster) Internet connection through an account on an ISP, or a network connection to the Internet.

    Software
    Netscape 4.75 or higher, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Proprietary browser versions (those not downloaded directly from Netscape or Microsoft) may not work reliably with the school抯 systems; Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0; Microsoft Office 2000 (or higher) (If you use other office type programs, some professors may require you to convert your files to a MS-Office compatible format for online submission.) Your connection to the internet must not initiate from behind a firewall. Any other operating system may be used (e.g. Linux) but must support the software specified here.
     
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    The program requires the completion of a doctoral dissertation, which is the most important requirement for the Ph.D. degree. Each student is expected, with the approval of a faculty advisor, to select an appropriate topic of sufficient scope to satisfy the requirements for the dissertation. Although registration for dissertation credits typically occurs at or near the end of completion of the course requirements, students are encouraged to learn about the dissertation process as early as possible and to begin talking with faculty members about potential research topics early in the program. The dissertation must be an original work and must represent a significant extrapolation from a base of solid experience or knowledge in the student抯 area of concentration. Dissertation results must, in a significant way, advance knowledge, improve professional practice, or contribute to understanding in the field of study. Results must be of sufficient strength to distill from the work a paper worthy of publication in a journal or conference proceedings, or to use the work as the basis of a textbook or monograph. Although publication is not a requirement for completing the doctoral degree, students are encouraged to submit their dissertation research for publication. Doctoral students must follow the policies, procedures, and formatting requirements contained in the school's Dissertation Guide. It is recommended that students attend cluster presentations on the dissertation process, research methodology, and writing for publication.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Students must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must satisfy program requirements including completion of courses and a dissertation, and attendance on campus at all specified cluster meetings.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Advisement is conducted regularly by the graduate program office (director and advisors) and the faculty. Program office staff and faculty may be reached by email or telephone.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    N/A
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    N/A
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    This distance program employs an optimal combination of dynamic learning models and flexible interactive media (i.e., on-line courses and four on-campus weekends (clusters) per year, held quarterly) so that working professionals do not have to relocate for their graduate studies. Students must attend clusters only while taking courses, usually during the first two years of their programs.

    Clusters bring together students, faculty, and staff members for participation in class lectures, dissertation counseling (individual and group), special lectures, and ample opportunity for student杅aculty and student杝tudent interaction.

    Between on-campus meetings, students work on assignments and projects, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students. The online component involves use of World Wide Web pages to access course materials, announcements, the Electronic Library, and other information. Online activities may include forums using threaded discussion boards, chatrooms, email, and electronic classroom sessions. In addition, the school provides a system that enables the student to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive his or her professor's online reviews of assignments in the same formats.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    N/A
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    N/A

     


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