Presentation on theme: "Transitioning to Semesters CSE PhD Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Transitioning to Semesters CSE PhD Program Prof. Gagan AgrawalGrad Studies Chair
2 Quarters Vs. Semesters Quarter System Semester System Academic Year Divided into 3 quartersFall, Winter, Spring10 weeks of classes in each, 1 week final examsSemester SystemAcademic Year Divided into 2 semestersFall and Spring14 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 onwardsConversion rules designed to allow easy transition
4 PhD Program Three Stages Qualification Process Quals or Acceleration OptionMaximum ChangePost-quals – Pre-candidacyResearch and CourseworkStraight-forward conversion for major and minor requirementsPost-candidacyDissertation ResearchNo Impact
5 The Graduate (Foundational) Core Quarter System5 classes form the graduate core725 (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 examinationOffered twice a year, September and March4 1.5 hr exams based upon the 4 out of core areas (780 required)A max of two attempts are allowedDirect Ph.D track students are normally expected to take it after the first yearMust pass within your second year to be eligible for support laterAcceleration OptionTake 4/5core classes for credit within first three quarters (780 required)Have a 3.6 average in these classesCan count best 4 – but must include 780Need to complete the `fifth’ core class with C or better
7 Semester Rules for Core/Qualifying Each Core Class Extended to be 3 Semester CreditsCSE TheoryCSE AlgorithmsCSE PLCSE ArchitectureCSE 6431 – OSFor acceleration/quals, takeCSE (Algorithms)CSE (Theory) OR CSE 6341 (PL)CSE (Architecture) OR CSE 6431 (OS)Acceleration: 3.6 in three courses (as above) within first 2 semestersQualifiers: 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 courseWe will count the first attempt onlyConditional pass onlyNeed 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 yearMust pass within your second year to be eligible for support laterNo change in these rules!
10 Timing for Comps/Quals August (2012 onwards)Just before Fall Classes startMarch (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 20135 90 minute exams, take exam in 4 areasExams based only on material covered in quarter coursesTransition to New Format in August 20133 2-hour exams, based on semester coursesBest to be done before that!
12 Transition Plan for Core Class Requirements General ruleNeed 9 sem-cr-hours of graduate core (a quarter class only provides 2)If you finish acceleration in spring 2012Will need the fifth core classMight be better off finishing it in quarter system
13 Acceleration for Students Starting in Wi/Sp 2012 On a case by case basisHopefully, no one in this situation!
14 Types of Classes (Ph.D students) Core Classes - 6xxxPrimarily Undergrad Courses5xxx, 2 creditsMeets with a 3 credit 3xxx coursesMostly for making up deficiencies in background - could count for certain minorsOther and 6000 level letter graded courses5xx9 replaces 788s, research-oriented but letter gradedResearch Credits888s replaced by 6xx9Independent Study (793) is now 8193999s for MS students and 6999999s for PhD students (Pre-candidacy) and 8999 (Post-Candidacy)
15 Stage 2 - Ph.D Coursework Requirements - Quarters One major and two minorsMajor:15 graded credits, not including coreMinor:9 credits in each, not including coreA total of 3 credits across 2 minors could be non-graded: 793/888
16 PhD Coursework (Semesters) PhD Major will be 10 semester creditsSemester Credits + 2/3rd of Quarter CreditsOnly letter graded coursesCan use a semester core class not used for qualifyingE.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifyingDetails for each area coming soon
17 PhD Coursework (Semesters) PhD Minors will be 6 semester credits eachSemester Credits + 2/3rd of Quarter CreditsAt most 1 S/U credit (e.g. 888 or 6xx9).Can use a semester core class not used for qualifyingE.g. Semester Architecture, if Semester OS used for qualifyingDetails for each area coming soon
18 Transition RulesFollow semester requirements if finishing courses after summer 2012Semester Credits + 2/3 * Quarter CreditsCore + Major + Minor-1 + Minor-2 >= 31 semester creditsWill allow short-fall of up to 1 credit in each major/minor area i.e.Major >= 9 semester creditsEach Minor >= 5 semester credits
19 Clarification/Questions DocumentsYour academic advisorYour academic advisor Please do not me or ask to meet me350 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!