Computer Science

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COMP.5000 Fundamental of Computer Science (Formerly 91.500) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008132

Mathematical topics necessary for graduate study in computer science in the areas of discrete mathematics, probability, linear algebra and proof techniques. Material may include topics such as: summations, sets, relations, functions, recurrences, graphs, trees, elementary combinatorics, basic axioms and laws of probability, discrete random variables, probability distributions, matrices, Boolean algebra, logarithms.

Pre-req: MATH 1310 Calculus I and MATH 1320 Calculus II.

COMP.5020 Foundations of Computer Science (Formerly 91.502) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008134

An advanced introduction to theoretical computer science. This course will cover the fundamentals of automata, formal languages, and computability theory.

Pre-Req: COMP.4040 Analysis of Algorithms.

COMP.5030 Algorithms (Formerly 91.503) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008135

Advanced algorithms and complexity analysis. Dynamic programming; greedy algorithms; amortized analysis; shortest path and network flow graph algorithms; NP-completeness; approximation algorithms; number-theoretic algorithms; string matching; computational geometry. Additional topics may include linear programming, parallel algorithms, fast Fourier transforms, polynomial, integer, and matrix algorithms. Readings may include conference and journal papers from the algorithms literature.Abstract types, lists, trees, graphs, sets; relevant algorithms and their worst and average case analyses; fast transforms; polynomial, integer, and matrix algorithms; NP-completeness.

Pre-Req: COMP.4040 Analysis of Algorithms.

COMP.5040 Advanced Algorithms: Computational Geometry (Formerly 91.504) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008136

Advanced algorithms topics, such as design and analysis of geometric and combinatorial algorithms, computability andcomplexity.

Pre-Req: 91.503 Algorithms or Instructor permission.

COMP.5080 Analysis Of Algorithms (Formerly 91.508) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008138

Topics in algorithm design and analysis; mapping and modeling; issues in complexity; lower bounds; models of parallel computation.

COMP.5100 Computational Complexity Theory (Formerly 91.510) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008139

This course covers polynomial-time hierarchy and polynomial space, circuit complexity, structure of NP, probabilistic machines and complexity classes, complexity of counting, interactive proof systems, probabilistically checkable proofs, complexity of approximation problems, and average-case NP-completeness.

Pre-Reqs. COMP 5020 Foundations of CS, and COMP 5030 Algorithms.

COMP.5130 Internet And Web Systems I (Formerly 91.513) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008142

This course is a survey of Web programming technologies. It begins with a discussion of what Web servers and clients are, how they interact, and how one sets them up. We then explore a wide variety of Web technologies including HTML, JavaScript, JavaServer Pages, Java Servlets, and XML and its many related technologies. Our goal in this course is to provide the basic understanding and knowledge of how the Internet and World Wide Web operate and the technical knowledge required to establish and maintain an Internet/Web site and to develop and introduce new capabilities and features on such sites.

COMP.5140 Internet & Web Systems II (Formerly 91.514) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008143

A continuation of 91.513 with a focus on current topics and topics of special interest. Examples of recent topics include: The semantic Web and ontologies, Web services, Peer-to-peer networks, Information Search and Retrieval, Autonomous intelligent agents and Multi-modal presentations.

Pre-Req: COMP.5130 Internet & Web Systems I.

COMP.5150 Operating Systems I (Formerly 91.515) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008144

This course provides insight into multiprocessing operating systems including processor memory, peripheral, and file systems management in batch, timesharing, real time, and distributed systems targeted for various hardware. Particular emphasis will be placed on techniques of virtual memory as well as the problems of concurrency in both centralized and distributed systems. An OS simulation is a required programming project. Some topics to be covered are process synchronization; high-Level mechanisms for concurrency; processor scheduling and system analysis; deadlock; virtual memory; distributed systems; computer security.

COMP.5160 Operating Systems II (Formerly 91.516) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008145

The design and implementation of an interactive multiprocessing operating system to run on a bare hardware system. Separate teams manage the major subsystems with in-class design reviews to coordinate system integration. A functioning system is a class requirement.

Pre-Req: COMP.5150 Operating Systems I.

COMP.5200 Digital Storage Architectures (Formerly 91.520) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008149

This course will focus on existing and proposed technologies for storing digital information. Both hardware and software issues will be examined, beginning with device and controller organization and proceeding through aggregation techniques, interconnect architectures and host consideration. At each level, specific components will be evaluated with respect to critical storage criteria, such as bandwidth and latency, fault tolerance, infrastructure requirements and cost.

COMP.5220 Object Oriented Analysis (Formerly 91.522) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008151

Object-oriented techniques for analysis, specification, and design. Static information models and state-based dynamic behavior models applied to rapid prototyping projects that both use and implement object-oriented CASE tools.

COMP.5230 Computer Vision I (Formerly 91.423 & 91.523) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038743

Computer vision has seen remarkable progress in the last decade, fueled by the ready availability of large online image collections, rapid growth of computational power, and advances in representations and algorithms. Applications range from 3-D scene reconstruction, to visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) for robotics, to real-time human body pose estimation. This introductory computer vision course explores various fundamental topics in the area, including the principles of image formation, local feature analysis, segmentation, multi-view geometry, image warping and stitching, structure from motion, and object recognition.

Pre-req: COMP 1020 Computing II, MATH 1320 Calculus II, and MATH 3220 Discrete Structures II.

COMP.5270 Human Computer Interaction (Formerly 91.527) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008155

The purpose of this class is to ground students in the basics of how humans interact with technology, and make students aware of the breadth of topic areas related to human-computer interaction (HCI). This course emphasizes theoretical constructs such as the Model-Human Processor, and includes seminal readings by the original researchers. Further, the course emphasizes techniques for understanding users' tasks, formulating users' requirements, and assessing proposed designs using heuristic evaluation. As part of understanding users' needs, students will consider social, organizational, and ethical perspectives on information technology. Students are also exposed to specialty topics in human-computer interaction such as multi-user computing, universal access to computer applications, and internationalizing interfaces. This course includes a project to design, develop, document, and orally present a prototype interface. At the end of the course students will be able to cite basic principles of human interaction and devise and carry out a usability engineering plan to aid in developing new human interfaces.

COMP.5280 Evaluation of Human-Computer Interaction (Formerly 91.528) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 030391

This course is an introduction to methods used to evaluate the design of human-computer interaction (HCI). Students will apply examples of all three of the major types of HCI evaluation techniques: inspection, analytical, and empirical techniques. The course also covers HCI experiment design and data analysis, including threats to experimental validity. The course project consists of a formal usability test. This project requires students to learn principles of ethical treatment of human subjects, complete the University's Institutional Review Board applications and training for human-subject testing, conduct testing sessions, analyze data, recommend design changes, and document results in a professional manner. At course completion, students will have demonstrated skills for assessing the effectiveness of interface designs and will understand how evaluation fits into computer products' lifecycles.

COMP.5300 Special Topics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008156

Topics of mutual interest to the instructor and student(s) (Formerly 91.530).

COMP.5310 Design of Program Languages (Formerly 91.531) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008157

A one-semester course designed to provide students with hands-on understanding of the underlying concepts of programming languages, the principles of their design, and the fundamental methods for their implementation. An executable metalanguage such as Scheme or SML is used throughout the course, facilitating the design of high-level, concise interpreters that are easy to comprehend. The approach is analytical because the salient features of the imperative, functional, object-oriented, and logic programming paradigms are described in the executable meta-language.

Pre-Req: COMP 3010 Org Programming Languages or COMP 4060 Compiler Construction I.

COMP.5340 Compiler Construction I (Formerly 91.534) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008160

This course implements a compiler for a complete language. Topics include grammars, syntax, elements of parsing and recursive descent, semantics, basic code generation, fast compilation runtime support. Programming project required.

COMP.5400 Visual Analytics (Formerly 91.540) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008164

This course covers the basic topics for the interdisciplinary field of visual analytics. This course is not just for computer science students but also for analysts and scientists in different disciplines. The topics include visual analytics science and technology, perception, cognitive processes and human tasks and reasoning, data and knowledge representation, visualization and interaction, statistical and analytic methods, data mining and knowledge discovery, and evaluation and usability. Numerous examples of systems, tools and applications will be presented.

Pre-Requisites: COMP 3010 Org Programming Languages or COMP 3040 Foundations of Comp Science; or Instructor permission.

COMP.5411 Data Visualization (Formerly 91.541) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008165

This course looks at classical and novel methodologies for the visualization of large and complex data sets. The course covers both scientific and information visualization starting with data modeling, human perception and cognition, basic and advanced techniques, interaction, formal models, real time systems, and frameworks for integrated analysis and visualization. Examples used come from numerous areas including the biomedical literature and security.

COMP.5420 Natural Language Processing (Formerly 91.442 & 91.552) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038884

This course introduces principles and techniques behind natural language processing (NLP), and covers a large selection of important automatic text processing tasks. Selected topics include n-gram language models, part-of-speech tagging, statistical parsing, word sense disambiguation, discourse segmentation, information extraction, sentiment analysis, machine translation. Quantitative techniques are emphasized, with a focus on applying statistical models to large collections of text. The course provides students with a hands-on experience in building a substantial NLP application of their choice.

Pre-req: 91.422 Machine Learning.

COMP.5430 Artificial Intelligence (Formerly 91.543) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008167

Search and games, knowledge representation paradigms, natural language understanding, planning, perception. Use of the LISP language for one or more programming projects.

COMP.5440 Data Mining (Formerly 91.544) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008168

This introductory data mining course will give an overview of the models and algorithms used in data mining, including association rules, classification, clustering, etc. The course will teach the theory of these algorithms and students will learn how and why the algorithms work through computer labs.

Pre-Req: COMP 5430 Artificial Intelligence, or COMP 5730 Database I.

COMP.5450 Machine Learning (91.545) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008169

This introductory course gives an overview of machine learning techniques used in data mining and pattern recognition applications. Topics include: foundations of machine learning, including statistical and structural methods; feature discovery and selection; parametric and non-parametric classification; supervised and unsupervised learning; use of contextual evidence; clustering, recognition with strings; small sample-size problems and applications to large datasets.

Pre-Reqs: COMP 1020 Computing II, MATH 3220 Discrete Structures ll and MATH 3860 Probability & Statistics I.

COMP.5460 Computer Graphics I (Formerly 91.546) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008170

Introduction to the hardware, software and mathematics of 2- and 3-dimensional interactive computer graphics systems, including standards, modeling, transformations, hidden-surface removal, shading, and realism.

COMP.5470 Computer Graphics II (Formerly 91.547) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008171

Lighting models, photo-realism, animation, constructive solid geometry, and distributed graphics.

COMP.5480 Robot Design (Formerly 91.548) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008172

A broad interpretation of robotics to mean systems that interact with people, each other, and the world around them, using sensors, actuators, communications, and a control program. Project- and lab-based course that involves electronics, embedded coding, mechanical design, and research.

COMP.5490 Mobile Robots (Formerly 91.549) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008173

This course will focus on the artificial intelligence side of robotics in a project- and lab-based course. Topics to be covered include robot architectures, mapping and localization, learning, vision, multi-agent systems and current research areas.

COMP.5500 Topics (Formerly 91.550) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008174

Topics of mutual interest to the instructor and student(s).

COMP.5530 Parallel Processing (Formerly 91.553) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008177

A survey of parallel computer architectures, parallel programming languages, and parallel algorithms, with emphasis on solving practical problems with parallel computers. A final project, typically a substantial parallel program, is required. Usually offered during the Spring semester.

COMP.5610 Computer & Network Security I (Formerly 91.561) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008183

Basic concepts and techniques of computer network security; data encryption algorithms; public-key cryptography and key management; data authentication; network security protocols in practice; wireless network security; network perimeter security; the art of anti malicious software; the art of intrusion detection. Students will implement encryption and authentication algorithms as network applications.

Pre-Reqs: MATH 3210 Discrete Structures I , COMP 4040 Analysis of Algorithms and COMP 4130 Data Communications I.

COMP.5620 Computer Security II (Formerly 91.562) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008184

Applied computer security topics such as a computer and network forensics, virtual private networks, denial of service, viruses and worms, intrusion detection systems, smart cards, biometrics, programming language security, web security and privacy, e-commerce; case studies of deployed systems; policy and legal considerations.

COMP.5630 Data Communications I (Formerly 91.563) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008185

Resource sharing; computer traffic characterizations; multiplexing; network structure; packet switching and other switching techniques; design and optimization; protocols; routing and flow control; simulation and measurement; communications processors.

COMP.5640 Data Communications II (Formerly 91.564) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008186

Continuation of 91.563

Pre-Req: COMP.5630 Data Communications I.

COMP.5680 Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction (Formerly 91.568) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008189

The two main purposes of this seminar course are to involve students in current human-computer interaction (HCI) research and to learn to critique others' HCI research. Each offering of the seminar will center on a theme of applying HCI techniques to a particular type of interaction such as human interfaces for robots, pervasive computing, or social media. Students will be expected to read and critique a number of papers from the current literature in the designated topic area. Further, class members will form a research team (led by the course instructor) to perform original research in the topic area. Class members will co-author a paper based on their research results with the goal of submitting it to a conference. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the state-of-the-art in the course topic, recognize examples of good and poor research techniques, document research to high academic standards, and become productive members of HCI research teams.

COMP.5700 Topics (Formerly 91.570) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008190

Topics of mutual interest to the instructor and student(s).

Pre-Req: 91.555 Comp Networks or 91.563 Data Communication I.

COMP.5730 Data Base I (Formerly 91.573) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008192

Study of various database models including hierarchical, network, relational, entity-relationship, and object-oriented models. This course also covers data design, integrity, security, concurrency, recovery, query processing, and distribution.

COMP.5740 Data Base II (Formerly 91.574) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008193

Continuation of Data Base I. Various issues in the implementation of database systems will be covered.

Pre-Req: COMP.5730 Data Base I.

COMP.5800 Topics in Computer Science (Formerly 91.580) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008194

Topics of mutual interest to the instructor and student(s).

COMP.5870 Computer Science Education in Secondary School (Formerly 91.587) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008199

COMP.5920 Special Topics: Computer Science (Formerly 91.592) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008203

COMP.5930 Cooperative Education (Formerly 91.593) Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 008204

COMP.6040 Network Optimization (Formerly 91.604) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035779

This course covers advanced topics in network optimization on continuous and discrete models, including the max-flow problem, the min-cost flow problem, simplex methods for min-cost flow, dual ascent methods for min-cost flow, auction algorithms for min-cost flow, nonlinear network optimization, convex separable network problems, and network problems with integer constraints.

Pre-Req: 91.503 Algorithms.

COMP.6130 Advanced Topics in Information Retrieval and Mining (Formerly 91.613) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 034993

This is a proposed new 600-level course. The topics are advanced topics in Information Retrieval and Mining, including (but not limited to) Search and Information Retrieval, Visual Text Mining, Document Retrieval and Analysis, Non-textual Retrieval (including Image-, Sound, Video-Retrieval). The course's format is a seminar: (advanced, doctoral) students will be reading and presenting the current state-of-the-art literature. Course requirements include weekly bibliography reports (at least 2 new entries each week) class presentations, two term papers, and a term project.

Pre-Req: 91.514 Internet & Web Systems II; and Instructor permission.

COMP.6400 Advanced Research Topics in Data Visualization (Formerly 91.640) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 034857

This course will cover modern information visualization research. Student will read and summarize current research and published papers. If a student already has a thesis topic or is already doing research, the student will participate in the development of a proposal for exteral funding related to their thesis topic or research. If a student does not have a thesis topic, the student will develolp their thesis proposal.

Pre-Req: COMP 5411 Sci Data Visualization or COMP 5460 Comp Graphics I or COMP 5270 Computer Human Interaction; or Instructor permission.

COMP.6410 Advanced Topics in Visualization (Formerly 91.641) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035415

This course covers advanced topics in data visualization. Coverage will be topical and may include advanced graph & text visualization, modern coordinated visualizations, collaborative visualization knowledge visualizations, security visualization, web-based visualization, and high-performance visualization. Theory will also be covered.

Pre-Req: 91.541 Data Visualization.

COMP.6440 Topics in Data Mining (Formerly 91.644) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037056

This course continues with 91.421/91.544 Data Mining and explores the state of the art research advances in mining large amount of data especially algorithms in association classification, clustering, and applications such as web mining and spatio-temporal data mining.

Pre-req: COMP 4210 Data Mining or COMP 5440 Data Mining

COMP.6500 Advanced Research Topics in Wireless Networks (Formerly 91.650) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 034770

This course will cover state-of-art wireless networking research topics, including communications, management, security, sensors, and mobile applications. Students will read and summarize current research and published papers, and do experimental projects.This course allows subtitle (topics), and students can take this course multiple times with different subtitle (topics). The subtitle (topic) of this course is to be determined when the course is offered.

Pre-Req: COMP.5630 Data Communications I.

COMP.6610 Advanced Topics in Network Security (Formerly 91.661) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 034625

This is a topic course, with a subtitle to be determined by the instructor. it covers advanced topics in network security of mutual interests to the faculty and students.

Pre-Req: 91.561 Computer & Network Security I.

COMP.6730 Advanced Database Systems (Formerly 91.673) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035041

This course covers advanced topics in database management systems, including query processing and optimization, indexing, transaction management, data warehousing, data mining, etc. It also covers spartio-temporal databases, search engines, stream and sensor databases, and open problems for research.

Pre-Req: COMP.5730 Data Base I.

COMP.6910 International Finance (Formerly 91.691) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008211

COMP.7010 Computer Science Research (Formerly 91.701) Credits: 1-6

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008212

COMP.7020 Computer Science Research (Formerly 91.702) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008213

COMP.7030L Computer Science Research (Formerly 91.703) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008214

COMP.7060L Directed Research (Formerly 91.706) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008217

COMP.7100 Approximation Algorithms (Formerly 91.710) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036940

This course covers advanced topics in approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems, including combinatorial algorithms and LP-based algorithms for set cover, k-cut, k-center, feedback vertex set, shortest superstring, knapsack, bin packing, maximum satisfiability, scheduling, Steiner tree, Steiner Forest, Steiner network, facility location, k-median, semidefinite programming. It also covers counting problems, shortest vector, hardness of approximation, and open problems for research.

Pre-Req: 91.503 Algorithms.

COMP.7110 Combinatorial Optimization (Formerly 91.711) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036941

This covers advanced topics in computational combinatorial optimization. Topics will be drawn from practical applications in various areas, including wireless sensor networks, different types of complex networks, online social networks, bioinformatics, and computational medicine.

Pre-Req: 91.503 Algorithms.

COMP.7410 Thesis Review (Formerly 91.741) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035269

COMP.7430 Master's Thesis - Computer Science (Formerly 91.743) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008223

COMP.7460 Master's Thesis - Computer Science (Formerly 91.746) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008226

COMP.7490 Master's Thesis - Computer Science (Formerly 91.749) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008227

COMP.7510 Doctoral Thesis Research (Formerly 91.751) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008228

COMP.7530 Doctoral Dissertation/Computer Science (Formerly 91.753) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 008229

COMP.7560 Doctoral Dissertation/Computer Science (Formerly 91.756) Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 008231

COMP.7570 Doctoral Thesis Research (Formerly 91.757) Credits: 12

Course Details
Min Credits 12
Max Credits 12
Course ID 008232

COMP.7590 Doctoral Dissertation/Computer Science (Formerly 91.759) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008233

COMP.7690L Continued Graduate Research (Formerly 91.769) Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 008236

MSIT.5110 Network and Systems Administration (Formerly 94.511) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035873

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of systems and network administration. The course covers topics in a wide range from host management, network management, host and network security to automating system administration. In this course learners will be installing and configuring various popular network based services in a Linux environment.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5140 Systems Security and Auditing (Formerly 94.514) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037843

This course examines the strategies for deploying and auditing secure systems. IT auditors primarily study computer systems and networks form the point of vies of examining the effectiveness of their technical and procedural controls to minimize risks. Risk analysis and the implementation of corresponding best practice control objectives will be studied. The material will include methodologies that help auditors to: Discover what's really going on at a point in time., Find out about potential problems, before it's too late to fix them., Evaluate business situations objectively., Make informed, if difficult decisions., Implement corrective actions, changes and improvements where needed.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5170 Operating Systems Foundations (Formerly 94.517) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035776

This course investigates the organization and deployment of contemporary operating systems. The process model is examined both generically and in the context of the current Linux/Unix and Windows implemantations. Process attributes such as address spaces, threads, channels and handles, access rights, scheduling behaviour and states and state transitions will be studied. Memory management, deadlock management and the file system development are also evaluated. A subsystem of system configuration options will be considered during the course in order to highlight the functional deployment of the core OS issues discussed. Pre-req: BS in IT or equivalent. Cannot be used toward MS or PhD in Computer Science.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5180 Large Scale Application Deployment (Formerly 94.518) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035874

This course will develop a systematic framework for the life cycle management of large scale applications. Beginning with requirements assessments, and impact analysis, and continuing through regulatory compliance, lifetime maintenance, scalability concerns, and end-of-life evolution, the material in this course will characterize the stages and transitions of large scale applications. Deployment and management tools will be examined in the context of live applications, with an emphasis on convergent analysis and configuration. Several case studies will be considered, including operating systems, database applications, mailing systems and collaboration systems.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5190 Virtual Systems (Formerly 94.519) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035875

This course will investigate the current state of virtualization in computing systems. Virtualization at both the hardware and software levels will be examined, with emphasis on the hypervisor configurations of systems such as Vmware, Zen and Hyper-V. The features and limitations of virtual environments will be considered, along with several case studies used to demonstrate the configuration and management of such systems. Para-virtualized software components will be analyzed and their pros and cons discussed. Processor and peripheral support for virtualization will also be examined, with a focus on emerging hardware features and the future of virtualization.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5310 Project Management (Formerly 94.531) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037828

This course explores the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques that project managers use when managing information technology projects as well as the current IT factors that affect IT project management decision making. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the best practices currently used by organizations and practitioners to ensure the best chance for project success by learning and applying the concepts of managing scope, risk, budget, time, expectations, quality, people, communications, procurement, and externally provided services. Students will be expected to perform research in the above areas as well as using tools such as Microsoft Project to solve project management related problems. Special attention will also be placed on the issues affecting project managers today such as PMOs, virtualization, green IT, and out sourcing. Practical examples will be used to demonstrate the concepts and techniques, plus you will receive hands on experience by working on a case study.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5320 Managing Large Data Sets (Formerly 94.532) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037827

The amount of data generated by businesses, science, Web, and social networks is growing at a very fast rate. This course will cover the algorithms and database techniques required to extract useful information from this flood of data. Data mining, which is the automatic discovery of interesting patterns and relationships in data, is a central focus of the course. Topics covered in data mining include association discovery, clustering, classification, and anomaly detection. Special emphasis will be given to techniques for data warehousing where extremely large datasets (e.g.,many terabytes) are processed. The course also covers Web mining. Topics covered include analysis of Web pages and links (like Google) and analysis of large social networks (like Facebook).

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5350 Agile and Iterative Project Management (Formerly 94.535) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038319

This course explores the differences between the Traditional Project management and the Agile management approaches, introduces the principles of Agile Development through applications within each major Project Management process: Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution, and Project Closing. The project will be developed in a timely manner, using Agile techniques that encourage frequent adaptation, self-organization, accountability and with a focus towards rapid delivery. upon completion, students will understand how to apply Agile principles and practices, recognize ways to increase team performance through better communication and close involvement of stake holders, and recognize the key success criteria for implementing Agile Projects.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5360 Data Mining (Formerly 94.536) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039383

Today, we are surrounded by big data applications. Smartphone and sensor data, medical and scientific data, financial data, web and text data, and social network data are just a few examples. As a result, mining useful information and discovering knowledge from the big data are increasingly important. It is fair to say that, without data mining, we would not be able to make good use of this large amount of data. In this course, we learn the state-of-the-art techniques in data mining and analysis. Topics include types and properties of data, exploring data, classification, association analysis, cluster analysis, and anomaly detection.

MSIT.5410 Information Security, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance (Formerly 94.541) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037842

This course focuses on enterprise-level information security, privacy and regulatory compliance through study of the rapidly emerging Information Governance (IG) discipline which is applied to electronic documents, records management and output of information organization-wide. The key principles of IG will be examined including the security, privacy and compliance of corporate e-documents/records as well as email, social media, instant messaging, cloud computing, and mobile computing. The student will learn how IG leverages existing information technologies to enforce policies, procedures and controls to manage information risk in compliance with legal and litigation demands, external regulatory requirements, and internal governance objectives.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5430 Intrusion Detection Systems (Formerly 94.543) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037841

Intrusion Detection Systems is a survey of the hardware and software techniques that are applied to the detection, identification, classification and remediation of compromised information systems. From this introduction to intrusion detection systems, students will develop a solid foundation for understanding IDS and how they function. This course will give students a background in the technology of detection network attacks. It will introduce all the concepts and procedures used for IDS (intrusion Detection Systems) and IPS (intrusion Prevention Systems). Students will have hands-on experience with implementing and configuring software and hardware based IDS in a network infrastructure. This course is designed with a network administrator in mind.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5450 Designing and Building a Cybersecurity Program (Formerly 94.545) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039468

This course focuses on best practices for designing and building a comprehensive Cybersecurity Program based on the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity ("The Framework"). The Framework was issued on February 12, 2014, as directed by President Obama in Executive Order 13636. This framework provides guidance for reducing cybersecurity risk for organizations, and this course will examine its basic tenets of: "Cybersecurity Fundamentals", techniques applied to "Building a Controls Factory", "Cybersecurity Programs" "Establishing Cybersecurity Centers of Expertise" and "The Cybersecurity Program Implementation Roadmap".

MSIT.5600 Network Infrastructures (Formerly 94.560) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035876

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer communication networks, their protocols, and applications. Topics to be covered include: an overview of network architectures, applications, network programming interfaces (e.g. sockets) , transport, congestion, routing, and data link protocols, addressing, local area networks, network management, and emerging network technologies. Cannot be used toward MS or D.Sc. in Computer Science.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5610 Computer Network Security (Formerly 94.561) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035785

This course is aimed to provide students with a solid understanding of key concepts of computer network security and practical solutions to network security threats. Topics to be covered include common network security attacks, basic security models, data encryption algorithms, public-key cryptography and key management, data authentication, network security protocols in practice, wireless network security, network perimeter security and firewall technology, the art of anti-malicious software, and the art of intrusion detection. Pre-Req: BS in IT or Equivalent. Cannot be used toward MS or D.Sc. in Computer Science.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5620 Digital Forensics (Formerly 94.562) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035877

Identifying, preserving and extracting electronic evidence. Students learn how to examine and recover data from operating systems, core forensic procedures for any operating or file system, understanding technical issues in acquiring computer evidence and how to conduct forensically sound examinations to preserve evidence for admission and use in legal proceedings.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5630 Secure Mobile Networks (Formerly 94.563) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 035878

This course covers principles and practices of wireless networks, including cellular networks, wireless LANs, ad hoc mesh networks, and sensor networks. The potential attacks against these wireless networks and the security mechanisms to defend these networks will be discussed. Topics to be covered include cellular network architecture, wide-area mobile services, wireless LANs and MACs, introduction to emerging wireless networks, survey of malicious behaviors in wireless networks, securing wireless WANs and LANs, securing wireless routing, securing mobile applications, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, challenges in securing next-generation wireless networks, and privacy issues in wireless networks.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5650 Cloud Computing (Formerly 94.565) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 037437

This course starts with an overview of modern distributed models, exposing the design principles, systems architecture, and innovative applications of parallel, distributed, and cloud computing systems. The course will focus on the creation and maintenance of high-performance, scalable, reliable systems, providing comprehensive coverage of distributed and cloud computing, including: Facilitating management, debugging, migration, and disaster recovery through virtualization. Clustered systems for research or ecommerce applications. Designing systems as web services. Principles of cloud computing using examples from open-source and commercial applications.

Students must already have completed a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to enroll in this course and in a graduate career.

MSIT.5660 Advanced Cloud Computing (Formerly 94.566) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038140

This course is a continuation of the 94.565 Cloud Computing course and will cover in further detail such topics as Cloud Based Storage, Virtualization, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), High Availability, Scaling, and Mobile Devices. The course will also study the role of Open Source cloud software such as Hadoop, OpenStack and others. Similar to the first course where hands-on projects included the use of Cloud Services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Apps and App Engine, and Windows Azure, this course will continue with those services and add others such as Rackspace and VMware. Current articles and publications in this fast moving field of Cloud Computing will also be followed.

Pre-req: 94.565 Cloud Computing, or Permission of the Instructor.