Master’s Program Ph.D. Program Other important stuff
34 credits ◦ = 11 courses + 1 credit of COMP 7950 Main points ◦ 4 core courses ◦ Maximum 6-hr of non-coursework (project/thesis/independent studies etc.) ◦ Area requirement ◦ At most 2 6000-level courses ◦ Some courses (UNIX, Models and 6000-level software engineering, Applied CS) do not count Especially pre-requisties
COMP 7012Software Eng. COMP 7212Operating Sys. COMP 7612Foundations COMP 7712Algorithms COMP 7950Research Methods (1 credit) COMP 6/7xxx COMP 7xxx COMP 7980Research Seminar Total requirements: 34 credits Pre-requisites courses does NOT count towards the degree
COMP 7012Software Eng. COMP 7212Operating Sys. COMP 7612Foundations COMP 7712Algorithms COMP 7950Research Methods (1 credit) COMP 6/7xxx COMP 7xxx COMP 7980Research Seminar Core courses Must be taken by all students Finish at least 3 out of 4 by 18 th hour If full-time, finish 3 out of 4 by 2 nd semester If part-time, finish 3 out of 4 by 3 rd /4 th semester Must obtain B- or better in 3 of the 4 courses
COMP 7012Software Eng. COMP 7212Operating Sys. COMP 7612Foundations COMP 7712Algorithms COMP 7950Research Methods (1 credit) COMP 6/7xxx COMP 7xxx COMP 7980Research Seminar Research Methods in Computer Science Learn how to do research, make presentation etc. Must be taken by the end of 2 nd semester Always offered at Thu 4:15 – 5:15pm
COMP 7012Software Eng. COMP 7212Operating Sys. COMP 7612Foundations COMP 7712Algorithms COMP 7950Research Methods (1 credit) COMP 6/7xxx COMP 7xxx COMP 7980Research Seminar Elective courses At most 2 6000-level courses The 7000-level courses must be from 2 different areas Foundations/Algorithms Software/Language/Databases Network/Security Intelligent/Bio-inspired computing Must be lecture-based (independent studies don’t count) May count non-CS course(s), BUT ASK FIRST!
COMP 7012Software Eng. COMP 7212Operating Sys. COMP 7612Foundations COMP 7712Algorithms COMP 7950Research Methods (1 credit) COMP 6/7xxx COMP 7xxx COMP 7980Research Seminar Research seminar Research project with a faculty Described later
First semester ◦ Any required pre-requisites ◦ 1-2 core courses ◦ Other electives ◦ COMP 7950 ◦ Suggest to start with 10 credits Second semester ◦ 2 core courses ◦ Electives for your major area Third semester ◦ Any core course left over ◦ Electives ◦ 1-credit of COMP 7980 Fourth semester ◦ Any elective left ◦ 2-credit of COMP 7980
COMP 7950 (Research Methods) ◦ Students MUST take it by their second semester ◦ Credit giving ◦ Overview of research skills, presentation skills, as well as individual presentation ◦ Typically offered at 4:15 – 5:15pm Thursday ◦ Contact course coordinator if you have problem (e.g. full-time work), but we expect you to come
You must choose between ◦ COMP 7980 A 3-hr credit project course (unless he/she takes a thesis) Individual project with a professor Require write-up (12-page paper) A 3-member committee for a final presentation ◦ COMP 7996 A 3 or 6 hr Master Thesis Similar to COMP 7980 A longer write-up (but more solid, and more likely to be publishable)
COMP 7980 ◦ 3-credit, taken over two semester ◦ If you want to graduate in Spring/Summer (Fall) Take the one credit section (section 301) in the Fall (Spring) before you graduate Take the two credit section under your advisor (section 012 – 192), during the semester you plan to graduate ◦ The one credit section is a regular section Meets regularly (typically Tues or Thur 4:15 – 5:15)
In general ◦ Plan ahead. ◦ It is ok to extend a class project, but expect extra effort ◦ Presentation skills counts! ◦ Don’t stretch your project too long You may lose interest Faculty may lose interest If you fail to finish on-time, you’ll continue to pay tuition until all is done ◦ It’s over when your advisor say it is Not when you get a job Not when you need to save a dollar
Independent study courses (COMP 7/8901) ◦ Usually taken in the second year (or beyond) ◦ A directed study with a professor ◦ Can be a pre-cursor of a project/thesis ◦ CANNOT use to satisfy area requirements Courses from other departments ◦ Talk with your advisor first!
Criteria for graduation ◦ GPA : should be at least 3.0 ◦ Grades : should not have more than two “C+/C/C-” ◦ No D or F ◦ Core courses: At least 3 of the 4 has to be B- or better ◦ Project presentation : Performance in the presentation ◦ Overall performance : “whether I would hire you if you apply a job for me”
Comprehensive exam ◦ Your final project/thesis presentation will also serve as comprehensive exam ◦ ANY questions about the grad curriculum can be asked ◦ All other criteria (e.g. GPA, GPA for major courses etc.) will be evaluated
There are forms that are required from the Graduate School for graduation ◦ Intent to graduate form ◦ Degree Candidacy forms ◦ http://academics.memphis.edu/gradschool/graduation.ht ml Check the graduate school website for deadlines! (usually 2 nd week of class – 9/9/2010 for Fall 2010) Other deadlines (For Fall 2009) ◦ Thesis/Dissertation Defense: 11/19/2010 ◦ COMP7980 presentation: 12/03/2010
Course credits Qualifying exams Comprehensive exam/Dissertation Proposal Final Dissertation defense
72 credits from Bachelor degree ◦ If you do not come with a Master’s, then finish the master requirement first ◦ If you come with a Master, talk to your advisor to determine how many credits you need. We may exempt some number of credits based on the work you have done with your Master degree
Other requirements ◦ 9-15 credits of COMP 9000 (Dissertation) – must be consecutive ◦ At least 6 credits belonging to one area ◦ At least 18 credits of 8000-level courses ◦ At most 15 credits of Independent studies ◦ If you do not have a M.Sc, take COMP 7950 ASAP.
The 4 Master level core course acts as the qualifying exam Must get at least B in all of them, before your 4 th semester here In case of failure, an additional exam will be given If you come with a Master, we may decide to waive some of your requirements
Student should find a dissertation proposal advisor ◦ Settle for an advisor 2 years after BS/1 year after Ph.D ◦ No need to be your initial advisor Prepare a dissertation proposal Select a dissertation committee ◦ 4 members minimum Set a date for comprehensive exam ◦ Include dissertation proposal defense ◦ Questions on areas of study
Final defense with dissertation committee ◦ Have the final draft of the dissertation early to the committee Follow graduate school guidelines “to the letter”
If you’re a new Ph.D student ◦ Talk to your initial advisor ASAP Talk to Ms Julia Campbell if you don’t have one ◦ Fill in a Ph.D Planning Form Available from the department web site: http://www.cs.memphis.edu/index.php?p=forms http://www.cs.memphis.edu/index.php?p=forms Have you advisor approve it and send it to the department ◦ If you are a current Ph.D. student (coming in from Fall 2008 onwards) and have not filled in the form, do it ASAP.
For people who come in this semester Held next Friday, 9/3, 10:30 – 12:30, Room TBA Open book, no electronic material Test your basic programming skills ◦ If you have actually written programs yourself, you should be able to pass If you fail…. ◦ Your name will be forwarded to your advisor and all the instructor of your class ◦ Based on your remaining performance of the semester, you may be required to take a remedial programming class (that don’t count towards the degree)
For Masters students: at most 12 For Ph.D. students: at most 36 Need to be CS relevant course that has not been used to fulfill another degree (we may ask for proof) Notice that no UG level course can be transferred ◦ Even if those course can be used for the graduate degree at your previous school Talk to your advisor ASAP.
About getting a job before you graduate….. ◦ Follow rules (especially for international students) ◦ Only can count 3 credits for Internship credits for your degree ◦ Do not presume that getting a job = the school must graduate you ◦ We will help, but you must show that you have intention to finish the work PROPERLY
GPA < 3.0 → Academic Probation First semester: ◦ You must talk to your advisor and grad coordinator before registration ◦ You will lose your GA Two consecutive semester: ◦ You will appear before a 3-member committee ◦ Make your case ◦ Committee may decide Terminate your student status Require you to take extra courses
To avoid getting into trouble ◦ Work hard ◦ Don’t overload yourself ◦ Be careful about “easy courses” ◦ Remember only 6000 (or above) level courses count towards your GPA
Academic advisor ◦ You MUST have an advisor And you MUST have talked to him/her already ◦ Not signature person ◦ Need to let them know your academic plan ◦ Keep them informed on your changes ◦ Don’t wait till last minute to find them You can change academic advisors ◦ No hard feelings ◦ Do contact Julia Campbell first
Register early! Late registration will lead to class being cancelled Plan ahead for the semester
Serious matter! Zero tolerance Plagiarism: ◦ using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information ◦ Unfair, dishonest Cheating, Fabrication
What ◦ Working on a “real job” and learning credits at the same time Why ◦ Real life experience ◦ Get to know more employers ◦ Help in job-hunting ◦ $$$$$ You can take as much as you want, but only 3-credit will be counted.
Warning ◦ Follow the rules. Especially international students. ◦ Don’t do it last minute! Plan in advance. (because your advisor might not be in town by the time you get the job) ◦ Make sure you satisfy all the University/Department course requirement ◦ Don’t get an out of town Internship if you still have other requirements to fulfill Further details: contact Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell (instructor/advising) Dipankar Dasgupta Lih-Yuan Deng Marc Fisher Stan Franklin Max Garzon Segun George Santosh Kumar King-Ip Lin Kriangsiri Malasri (instructor) Vinhthuy Phan Vasile Rus Linda Sherrell Sajjan Shiva (on-leave) Lan Wang Qishi Wu
CS Notice board : Outside the CS dept office Departmental activities ◦ Fall: Social – have a bit of fun! ◦ Spring: Research day – show off your research Computer Science Colloquium ◦ Fridays 1:30 – 2:30pm ◦ Free food and discussion session: 3:00 – whatever….
Enjoy your time here! ◦ Last chance of school life before getting a job. ◦ Know more people. ◦ Build networks. ◦ Aim High. (No short-cut please) ◦ Work hard, be responsible, but still have some fun ◦ Absorb the culture here, but bring your own to the table