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It was a coursework programme offered in 1996/97 academic year. It had been suitably revised in 2001/02 academic year and subsequently in 2007/08 academic year, this programme is offered as a mixed mode programme.

 

Objectives

To provide postgraduate with:

  • A solid foundation in Computer Science
  • An understanding of innovative computer technologies
  • The ability to relate the various Computer Science disciplines at both the conceptual and practical levels
  • The ability to translate the postgraduate knowledge and skills to industry needs
  • The ability and motivation to pursue a doctoral programme

Admission Requirements

Currently, the intake is only limited to full-time candidates and applicants should posses the following:

  • A BSc degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology or equivalent or
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Computer Engineering (60% of the core component must be Computer Science related) with
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent.
  • Degrees awarded by local/ private institutions of higher learning, including those awarded under any collaborative/ franchising schemes with local or foreign partners must be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

For International Applicants:

  • A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

For Malaysian Applicants:

  • A minimum score of band 4 in MUET (Malaysian University English Test)

    Note: Results must be attached with the application form

Study Scheme

The candidature period for a full-time M.Sc. (CS) programme is between one to two years. Table 3 shows an example of a study scheme for M.Sc. (CS).

An example of a study scheme for M.Sc. (CS) is illustrated in the table below :

 

Session

Semester
I

Semester
II

Inter-Academic
Session Break

Week

Course

1 ® 20 = 20

26 ® 44 = 19

45 ® 49 = 5

1

CCS591/4

CCS592/4


2

ELECTIVE I/4

CCS590/20


3

ELECTIVE II/4



4

ELECTIVE III/4



Total

16

20

4

Programme Structure


This mixed mode programme requires a minimum of 12 months. It consists of two distinct components; a taught component and a research component resulting in a dissertation.

Two specialization areas are offered:

  1. Distributed Computing and Networks
  2. Information and Knowledge Engineering

Core courses

  1. CCS591/4 - Research Methodology & Empirical Methods in Computer Science
  2. CCS592/4 - Advanced Algorithms and Complexity

Each student is required to take a dissertation, two core courses, and three elective courses (at least two courses must be within a specialization area).

Elective Courses

  • Information and Knowledge Engineering

  1. CCS511/4 - Evolutionary Computing
  2. CCS512/4 - Language Engineering
  3. CCS513/4 - Computer Vision and Image Analysis
  4. CCS514/4 - Envisioning Information
  5. *CCS515/4 - Advanced Knowledge Management
  6. *CCS516/4 - Bioinformatics Computing

 

  • Distributed Computing and Networks

  1. CCS521/4 - Advanced Distributed Systems Concepts and Design
  2. CCS522/4 - Advanced Data Communications and Computer Networks
  3. CCS523/4 - Cryptography and Network Security
  4. CCS524/4 - Parallel Computing Architectures and Algorithms
  5. *CCS525/4 - Electronic Forensics
  6. *CCS526/4 - Specialized Systems Development

* Currently not being offered


Dissertation

CCS590/22 - student to conduct research after taking courses that equipped them with related skills.

 

 

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