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Title: Transitioning to Semesters CSE MS Program


1
Transitioning to Semesters CSE MS 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
CSE MS Programs
  • Components of Requirements
  • Total Credit Requirements
  • Graded Credit Requirements
  • (Foundational) Core Requirements
  • Applied Core Requirements
  • Limit on Primarily Undergrad Classes
  • Outside CSE classes
  • MS Examination
  • Project Option

5
Credit Requirements (Quarters)
  • MS thesis
  • 45 total, 30 graded
  • MS Non-Thesis, W/O Project
  • 50 total, 45 graded
  • MS Non-thesis, with Project
  • 50 total, 39 graded, 6 project credits

6
Credit Requirements (Semester)
  • MS thesis
  • 30 total, 20 graded
  • MS Non-Thesis, W/O Project
  • 33 total, 30 graded
  • MS Non-thesis, with Project
  • 33 total, 24 graded, 6 project credits

7
For Students in Transition
  • Apply Semester Credit Rules
  • Credits Semester Credits Taken 2/3Quarter
    Credits
  • Apply this rule separately for total credits and
    graded credits
  • Will allow shortfall of 1 graded credit during
    transition
  • Cannot do anything about total credit requirements

8
Types of Classes (MS students)
  • Foundational Core Classes - 6xxx (see list)
  • Applied Core Classes 5xxx or 6xxx (see list)
  • Primarily Undergrad Courses
  • 5xxx, 2 credits
  • Meets with a 3 credit 3xxx course
  • Mostly for making up deficiencies in background
  • 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 - 6998 and 6999

9
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

10
MS Foundational Core in Quarters
  • Must finish 3 foundational classes
  • Must include 780
  • Must include at least one of 760 and 780
  • Masters comprehensive examination based on above
  • All non-thesis option students
  • 3 exams, 90 minutes each, offered twice a year

11
Foundational Core in Semesters
  • Each Core Class Extended to be 3 Semester Credits
  • CSE 6321 - Theory
  • CSE 6331 - Algorithms
  • CSE 6341 - PL
  • CSE 6421 - Architecture
  • CSE 6431 OS
  • All MS Students Need to Take
  • CSE 6331 (Algorithms)
  • CSE 6321 (Theory) OR CSE 6341 (PL)
  • CSE 6421 (Architecture) OR CSE 6431 (OS)
  • Masters Comprehensive 2 hour exam in each area
    (6 hours total, over 1 ½ days)

12
Timing for Comprehensive Exmas
  • 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

13
Transition Plan for Foundational Core and
Masters Examination
  • Need 3 core classes semester or quarter
  • Wont enforce theory or pl requirement during
    transition
  • MS comps will follow old format for August 2012,
    March 2013
  • 5 90 minute exams, take exam in 3 areas
  • Exams based on material covered in quarter
    courses
  • Transition to New Format in August 2013
  • 3 2-hour exams, based on semester courses
  • Cant take both os and architecture any more
  • Best to be done before that!

14
Applied Core
  • Quarters 6 classes in the list
  • 3 or 4 credits each
  • Thesis students need 2, non-thesis need 3
  • Semester 6 classes from the same areas
  • AI, High Performance, Graphics, Networking, DB,
    Compilers
  • All 3 credits each
  • See MS Program Document for Course numbers
  • Thesis students need 1, non-thesis need 2

15
Applied Core Transition Rules
  • A 4 quarter credit class counts as 1 class in
    semester system
  • 681 or 756
  • A 3 quarter credit class counts as 0.67 class in
    semester system
  • If graduating in a semester term, follow semester
    rules
  • 2 applied core (calculated above) for non-thesis
  • 1 applied core (calculated above) for non-thesis

16
Primarily Undergrad Courses
  • 9 classes in quarters system
  • 616, 625, 630, 655, 660, 670, 675, 677, 680,
  • Can count at most 3 for MS degree
  • 11 classes in semester system
  • See program document for numbers
  • 2 credit classes (a 2 credit 5xxx class meets
    with a 3 credit 3xxx or 2xxx class)
  • At most 6 credits or 3 classes
  • Transition Rule 3 classes at most (quarter or
    semester) from the group

17
Non-CSE Classes
  • Limit of 9 credits in quarters
  • Limit of 6 credits in semesters
  • Must be on topics closely related to CSE
  • Check with advisor first!
  • Transition Rule At most 6 semester credits
    equivalent

18
Masters Examination
  • Thesis Option
  • Thesis defense, no change in format/procedure
  • Comprehensive Exams for Non-Thesis
  • See earlier slides
  • Masters Examination for Project
  • See later slides for a new option

19
Project Option
  • Quarter
  • 6 S/U credits over 2 terms
  • A 3-4 page project report
  • Must still take MS comprehensive exam
  • Semester
  • 6 S/U credits over 2 terms
  • A 6-8 page project report
  • Might be able to take MS Examination in a
    different format (See Next Slide)

20
Project Option MS Exam (New)
  • Only if you have a B average in core classes
  • You take MS Examination Based on Project
  • Skip written comprehensive exam
  • A longer project report
  • 10 single spaced pages
  • Form a committee with at least 2 CSE Faculty
  • Including your project supervisor
  • Have a 1 hour oral examination
  • Presentation and Q/A

21
Clarification/Questions
  • Documents
  • Your academic advisor
  • Your academic advisor ?
  • Please do not e-mail me or ask to meet me
  • 350 graduate students to be managed in 10 of my
    time !!
  • Already dealing with 2300 grad program related
    e-mails annually before semester conversion!!
  • I can answer clarification questions if
    approached by your advisor!
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