Mixed Mode Programme - Master of Science (Computer Science)

Introduction and Objective

This programme was first introduced as a coursework programme in the 1996/1997 academic session. Over the years, the programme has gained popularity. Due to changes in demand, the curriculum has been suitably revised in the 2001/2002 academic year and subsequently in the 2007/2008 academic year, where the programme is offered as a mixed mode programme. In 2018/2019 a revised curriculum was introduced.

The goal of the programme is to produce researchers who have extensive skills in advanced research and knowledge in computer science. Therefore, the objective of the programme is to produce graduates who:

  • have a deep understanding of the core concepts of research and advanced knowledge in computer science.
  • can participate and conduct research projects and have social, communication and ethical skills.
  • are innovative in research and capable of realizing lifelong learning and pursuing further studies at the doctoral level. 

Frequency of Intake 

There will be twice intake each year, in the month of February and September.

Program Mode

Full-time and part-time with class conducted after working hours (Monday to Friday; starts at 6.00 pm). 

Duration

Minimum 1 year / Maximum 4 years.

Objectives

At the end of the programme, students will be able to:

(a)    Apply core knowledge of advanced Computer Science in research, problem solving and industrial practices; [Knowledge]

(b)    Implement research proposals and research projects or tasks using technical skills in Computer Science; [Technical Skill, Practical Skill, Psychomotor]

(c)     Identify, formulate and provide creative, innovative and effective solutions in Computer Science research through the right theories, approaches and knowledge; [Thinking Skill and Scientific Approach]

(d)     Communicate effectively in the analysis, consultation and presentation related to research and professional activities in the field of computing; [Communication Skill]

(e)     Carry out research tasks with research partners responsibly; [Social and Responsibility Skill]

(f)     Demonstrate ethical and professionalism in professional and research activities in computing; [Professionalism, Value, Attitude and Ethics]

(g)     Demonstrate the ability to search and manage information, adapt to current changes, realize lifelong learning and pursue doctoral studies in Computer Science; [Life-long Learning and Information Management]

(h)    Practice good management such as in making decisions and planning in computing research; [Management and Entrepreneurship Skill]

(i)      Demonstrate leadership attributes such as in participating, role playing and leading computing research projects as well as communities; [Leadership Skill]

Programme Structure

This mixed mode programme requires a minimum duration of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years for fulltime study or a minimum duration of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years for part time study. It consists of two distinct components; a taught component and a research component resulting in a dissertation.

Two focus areas are offered:

  • Data and Knowledge Engineering
  • Enabling Technologies and Infrastructures

(i)      Core Courses: 28 units (Code: T)

          CCS591/4 – Research & Empirical Methods in Computer Science

          CCS592/4 – Advanced Algorithms and Complexity

(ii)     Elective Courses: 12 units (Code: E)

Choose three (3) elective courses with at least two courses from a chosen focus area. 

The following table presents the list of elective courses under the two focus areas.

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(iii)    Dissertation (Core Course): 20 unit (Code: T)

         CCS590/20 – Dissertation: For students commencing their dissertation during Semester II (Inter-Semester Break + February Semester + part of Long Vacation Session

         CCS599/20 – Dissertation: For students commencing their dissertation during the Long Vacation Session (Long Vacation Session + September Semester)

 Students need to plan early and consult prospective supervisors for a suitable research topic/title at the beginning of the pre-requisite course CCS591. CCS591 and Dissertation must be taken in two consecutive semesters (CCS591 followed by CCS590/CCS599). Students are strongly encouraged to choose a research topic from their chosen focus area.

The research areas offered within the two focus areas are listed in the table below.

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The duration for this course is approximately 30 weeks [including the evaluation process and submission of the final hardbound copy of the dissertation].

The following table presents duration and sessions involved in the course.

Students are expected to meet their supervisors as often as possible to discuss their research work and record their meetings in a logbook both during the pre-requisite course CCS591 and throughout CCS590/CCS599.

Students are required to complete various activities/evaluation by some specific deadlines. A monitoring process will be implemented during the dissertation for the benefit of the students.

The activities are as follows.

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Students are expected to meet their supervisors as often as possible to discuss their research work and record their meetings in a logbook both during the pre-requisite course CCS591 and throughout CCS590/CCS599.

Students are required to complete various activities/evaluation by some specific deadlines. A monitoring process will be implemented during the dissertation for the benefit of the students. The activities are as follows.

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*   The deadlines given are tentative dates. The actual dates will be posted via the e-Learning portal

+   Students who could not produce a feasible piece of work after the evaluation of the mid-term report will be advised to drop CCS590/ CCS599.

Details guidelines of the course will be uploaded to the e-learning portal.

A panel of examiners will be formed, and the main objective of this panel is to ensure that the research has achieved a certain standard.

The dissertation will be evaluated by both an internal examiner and an external examiner. Students are expected to produce an original piece of work that enhances existing work and contributes to the body of knowledge.

Students are also required to use the standard format for the dissertation.

Study Schemes

The period of candidature for a fulltime programme is between one (1) to two (2) years, and for a part time programme is between two (2) to four (4) years.  The following tables show the various study schemes.

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Course offering and timetable slots are given in the table below:

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Graduation Requirements

All students are required to choose a focus area (preferably upon entry) and pursue courses related to the chosen focus area for the elective courses (at least two courses should be chosen from the chosen focus area). Students are encouraged to prepare the dissertation in their chosen focus area.  A student should accumulate a total of 40 credits as shown in the following table with a CGPA ³ 3.00 for graduation. 

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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).

Language Requirement
(Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  • A minimum score of 550 in Paper- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of 213 in Computer- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of 80 in Internet- Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Passed USM's Intensive English Course Level IV with minimum grade B.
  • The applicants native language is English or National language
  • Applicant graduated from institutions of higher learning which use English Language as the medium of instruction.
  • English courses offered by British Council.
  • English courses offered by selected Public / Private Universities.

Fees

 

Malaysian

International

Registration Fees : RM 340.00

 Tuition Fees : RM 268.00 X 40 Units 
= RM 10,720.00

 Total: RM 11,060.00

Registration Fees : USD 227.50

Personal Bond : USD 475.00

 Tuition Fees : USD 100.00 X 40 Units 
= USD 4,000.00

 Total : USD 4,702.50

 

For more details on course synopsys, please refer PDF file as below:-
Course Synopsis - Master of Science (Computer Science)