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1 Transitioning to Semesters CSE PhD Program Prof. Gagan Agrawal Grad Studies Chair

2 Quarters Vs. Semesters Quarter System – Academic Year Divided into 3 quarters Fall, Winter, Spring 10 weeks of classes in each, 1 week final exams Semester System – Academic Year Divided into 2 semesters Fall and Spring 14 weeks of classes, final exams

3 Basic Conversion Rule 1 quarter credit == 2/3 semester credit Follow all semester program requirements + conversion rules if you finish coursework Summer 2012 onwards Conversion rules designed to allow easy transition

4 PhD Program Three Stages – Qualification Process Quals or Acceleration Option Maximum Change – Post-quals – Pre-candidacy Research and Coursework Straight-forward conversion for major and minor requirements – Post-candidacy Dissertation Research No Impact

5 The Graduate (Foundational) Core Quarter System 5 classes form the graduate core – 725 (Theory of Computation) – 755 (Programming Languages) – 760 (Advanced Operating Systems) – 775 (Computer Architecture) – 780 (Algorithms) 3 credits each, each offered 2-3 times a year

6 Ph.D: Core/Qualifying (Current) Qualifying examination – Offered twice a year, September and March – hr exams based upon the 4 out of core areas (780 required) – A max of two attempts are allowed – Direct Ph.D track students are normally expected to take it after the first year – Must pass within your second year to be eligible for support later Acceleration Option – Take 4/5core classes for credit within first three quarters (780 required) – Have a 3.6 average in these classes Can count best 4 – but must include 780 Need to complete the `fifth core class with C or better

7 Semester Rules for Core/Qualifying Each Core Class Extended to be 3 Semester Credits – CSE Theory – CSE Algorithms – CSE PL – CSE Architecture – CSE 6431 – OS For acceleration/quals, take – CSE 6331 (Algorithms) – CSE 6321 (Theory) OR CSE 6341 (PL) – CSE 6421 (Architecture) OR CSE 6431 (OS) Acceleration: 3.6 in three courses (as above) within first 2 semesters Qualifiers: 2 hour exam in each area (6 hours total, over 1 ½ days)

8 More Details of Acceleration If you take multiple tries in a course – We will count the first attempt only Conditional pass only – Need to finish a research piece in second year! These rules are unchanged

9 Ph.D Qualifying A max of two attempts are allowed Direct Ph.D track students are normally expected to take it after the first year Must pass within your second year to be eligible for support later No change in these rules!

10 Timing for Comps/Quals August (2012 onwards) – Just before Fall Classes start March (2013 onwards) – During spring break (middle of spring semester) 2 days, 3 2-hour exams (August 2013 onwards) – Day 1 morning, Day 1 afternoon, Day 2 morning

11 Transition Plan for Quals PhD quals/comps will follow old format for August 2012, March 2013 – 5 90 minute exams, take exam in 4 areas – Exams based only on material covered in quarter courses Transition to New Format in August 2013 – 3 2-hour exams, based on semester courses Best to be done before that!

12 Transition Plan for Core Class Requirements General rule – Need 9 sem-cr-hours of graduate core (a quarter class only provides 2) If you finish acceleration in spring 2012 – Will need the fifth core class – Might be better off finishing it in quarter system

13 Acceleration for Students Starting in Wi/Sp 2012 On a case by case basis Hopefully, no one in this situation!

14 Types of Classes (Ph.D students) Core Classes - 6xxx Primarily Undergrad Courses – 5xxx, 2 credits – Meets with a 3 credit 3xxx courses – Mostly for making up deficiencies in background - could count for certain minors Other 5000 and 6000 level letter graded courses – 5xx9 replaces 788s, research-oriented but letter graded Research Credits – 888s replaced by 6xx9 – Independent Study (793) is now 8193 – 999s for MS students and 6999 – 999s for PhD students (Pre-candidacy) and 8999 (Post-Candidacy)

15 Stage 2 - Ph.D Coursework Requirements - Quarters One major and two minors Major: – 15 graded credits, not including core Minor: – 9 credits in each, not including core – A total of 3 credits across 2 minors could be non- graded: 793/888

16 PhD Coursework (Semesters) PhD Major will be 10 semester credits – Semester Credits + 2/3 rd of Quarter Credits – Only letter graded courses – Can use a semester core class not used for qualifying E.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifying – Details for each area coming soon

17 PhD Coursework (Semesters) PhD Minors will be 6 semester credits each – Semester Credits + 2/3 rd of Quarter Credits – At most 1 S/U credit (e.g. 888 or 6xx9). – Can use a semester core class not used for qualifying E.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifying – Details for each area coming soon

18 Transition Rules Follow semester requirements if finishing courses after summer 2012 – Semester Credits + 2/3 * Quarter Credits Core + Major + Minor-1 + Minor-2 >= 31 semester credits Will allow short-fall of up to 1 credit in each major/minor area i.e. – Major >= 9 semester credits – Each Minor >= 5 semester credits

19 Clarification/Questions Documents Your academic advisor Please do not me or ask to meet me – 350 graduate students to be managed in 10% of my time !! – Already dealing with 2200 grad program related s annually – before semester conversion!! – I can answer clarification questions if approached by your advisor!


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