CC item list Status: CC: passed 11/15/07 and Feb 28, 2008 ; DCSC: passed Mar. 20,08.

ITEM 5. Program Requirements description (format only)

Motion: (at Mar. 20, 2008 DCSC) that CPS506 and CPS633 be removed from the elective Table 1 and moved to the required list. Furthermore, the description of semesters 5-8 be changed as indicated below.

Proposed:


Semesters 5, 6, 7 and 8


REQUIRED:
CPS510, CPS633, CPS706, CPS721 These courses are normally offered in the Fall.
CPS506, CPS615, CPS616 These courses are normally offered in the Winter.
4 liberal studies courses from Table B
9 elective courses according to Table I

Professionally-Related Table I

A total of 9 elective courses are required between the 5th and 8th semesters. A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 courses must be taken from the Math Group, a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 7 courses must be selected from the CS group and a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 courses must be selected from the Eng/Sci/Bus Group.


Rationale:
The current calendar description of semesters 5-8 can be confusing in that it places required courses cps506 and cps633 among electives.

Both CPS506 and CPS633 are currently offered in the Fall. The current placement of these required courses in the elective table has the desired effect of making it clearly possible to make a choice regarding the ordering of these two courses in the two final years. However, could we not make the same freedom for the other three required courses of Semester5? In practice students make their own choice regarding when to take these courses -- they are not really required to take them in Semester5. Similarly, the liberals, although slated or "required" for certain terms are in practice taken whenever the student chooses.
During the dept. meeting discussion on this topic it was decided to move CPS506 from Fall to Winter, to balance better the number of required Fall courses (now 4, was 5) with the number of required Winter courses (now 3, was 2).



Current Calendar description


5th SEMESTER
REQUIRED:
CPS510
CPS706
CPS721

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: One course from Table I.
6th SEMESTER
REQUIRED:
CPS615
CPS616
LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table I, one of which must be selected from the Mathematics Group.
7th SEMESTER
LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Four courses from Table I.
8th SEMESTER

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from Table B.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Four courses from Table I.

Professionally-Related Table I

A total of 11 courses are required between the 5th and 8th semesters. A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 3 courses must be taken from the Math Group, a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 9 courses must be selected from the CS group (two of which must be CPS506 and CPS633), and a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 2 courses must be selected from the Eng/Sci/Bus Group.


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