General, SW. Eng and Computing for Life Sciences Concentrations
Breadth 9 units
Concentration core 9 units
Electives 6 units
Practicum option 3 units
Culminating Experience 6 units
Total 30-33 units
NEW MS Concentration in Computing and Business – with SFSU BUS school – started Fall 08
3 core CS courses
3 required CS courses as designated in the General Concentration
1 CS elective course
1 Business elective course, approved by advisor. These are drawn from 700- or 800-level courses in Business, Management, Finance, Decision Sciences, or Marketing (3 units)
3 required business courses (8 units)
BUS 780- Accounting
BUS 788 Mng. Principles
BUS 784 Political, Social and legal Environment OR BUS 787 Marketing
Equivalent of 2 courses for thesis/project; the thesis/project must have a business component. The student’s culminating experience committee will be composed of 2 CS faculty and one Business faculty.
Total 38-41 units
Benefits of new MS Concentration in Computing and Business
Graduates with this concentration will have the skills to
Perform R&D in the computing field
Possess the skills and knowledge to manage software development teams or start their companies
Assume management responsibilities in organizations that require managers who understand both the computing and business aspects of information technology.
Assist with high-tech entrepreneurship ventures - assist in understanding and relating the technical feasibility of new ideas
Speak to both high-tech groups, and communicate technical ideas and concepts to non-technical groups in the business organization
Contribute to organizations that provide strategy consulting services to high technology companies (staff at these companies needs to have strong backgrounds in both technology and business)
Planning for BUS classes
BUS classes get full
Talk to our advisor Prof. Levine who will talk to BUS graduate advisor before you plan to take the cla1sees
Try summer classes too
Center for Computing for Life Sciences (CCLS)
CCLS is an official multidisciplinary SFSU Center for addressing problems in broad area of Computing for Life Sciences such as: bioinformatics, imaging, collaborative tools, UI, visualization, databases, computational biology and chemistry, applications in drug discovery, collaborative tools, algorithms etc.
Goal is to develop CCLS into signature “marquee” program of SFSU
CCLS is joint collaboration between Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Math, Physics and Astronomy
DB for large bio data sets
UI for biology and medicine
Data Mining for bio data
WWW for biologist and doctors
Games for medical education
Many projects have funding. Can get space in CCLS
Professors: Sing, Okada, Young, Murphy, Petkovic
Serious Games for Nursing Education
NEW CCLS project between CS department, School of Nursing and Industry and design
Combines CS, graphics, game concepts
Faculty contact Prof. I. Yoon, M. Wong (CCLS)
Money for research work and culminating experience projects available
It is a “contract” between you and advisor on what you want to do, scope, methods, tools used etc. Has to be approved by the advisor.
Suggested Content: Motivation, planned approach, benefits of the approach, method/tools to be used, reverences PLUS milestones and schedule (the best you can) – for exact outline check with your advisor
About 5-8 pages
How to write culminating experience report
There is some structure
Usual length about 60-70 pages (no code)
Code on a CD
Expect multiple iterations with the instructor
It becomes your “portfolio” for the rest of your life
Make every attempt possible to write a scientific paper form this ( must for those going to Ph. D).
How to prepare oral presentation
Being able to present well is critical for your career
Culminating experience presentation: plan to talk 30 min. Count 1 slide = 2 min.
Test the presentation on the very same laptop you will use
SW Engineering, Business aspects of SW Eng., SW Metrics: Profs. Petkovic, Levine, Dujmovic
Welcome foreign students!
Learn about USA: customs, culture, geography
Bay Area is one of the bets areas in USA: geographically, culturally, for education and technology
Get internships with local industry
Visit places, talk to people from different cultures
Learn English (reading, writing)
Welcome foreign students !
Keep GPA and class load above the minimum - Overall GPA 3.0, class load 9 units
New “practicum” option for summer internships: Max 3 one unit 893 can be taken that do not count toward electives and allow you permit to work outside of SFSU. Mostly for Summer work. Total units in MS program are then are 33. Need to be at SFSU two semesters prior to this.
Internships during the Fall and Spring only rarely approved, must be part time, GPA > 3.4 and OK of the advisor
Post completion training allowed only when thesis is more than 90% complete, need confirmation by the advisor AND letter signed by student about the rules (NEW). http://cs.sfsu.edu/forms/student%20forms/opt_cpt_letter_instructions.html
Update on Written English proficiency - Level I Requirement:
Computer science students admitted to the M.S. program are required to satisfy English Level One prior to the end of their first year of study at SFSU. As a departmental policy, no waivers are given. Level One is satisfied by obtaining either a) a score of 4 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Exam or b) a score of PASS on the Graduate Essay Test (GET, administered by the SFSU Testing Center) or c) a passing grade in SCI 614 or CHS 514 (international graduate students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Eng 670, if it is offered). Students may enroll in CHS 514 if all sections of SCI 614 are full. SCI 614 is strongly recommended for all students who wish to develop their skills in professional writing. Students are allowed to take the GET only once, preferably prior to their first semester of enrollment.
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