Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Background

A computer system is a means to solve some of today's existing problems. The problems in the developing world are more pressing than the problems of the developed world. How well a computer system has solved a problem depends on how well the concerned professional has tailored the hardware and software to suit the needs of the situation or subject at hand.

Introduction

The term professional is being applied to the persons who set up the hardware, develop or tailor the software and implement a computer system as a solution to a need or a problem. To do this effectively, the professional has not only to understand the nature of hardware and software, but has, to some extent, be conversant with the problem to which the solution is being applied. The problem would generally be a business related problem, but could also be a technological or social one.

Today, a computer system has the potential of offering solutions such as e-education, e-learning, e-commerce added to the generally accepted e-mail as a means of fast communication. These are recent solutions provided by the subject of Computer Science.

Professional

Professional is the well-rounded graduate that the Bachelor Degree in Computer Science intends to produce. The graduate should not only be well conversant with the computer as a problem solving tool, he/she should be aware of the problems of today's world, have good communication skills and should also think of his/her work in business efficiency terms.

One of the best ways to do this is to get the intending graduate to have practice in solving practical problems while at the same time furnishing the theory behind possible solutions.

Objective of the Degree

The objective of the degree is to produce a well-rounded and well-balanced graduate who can use Computer Science tools to solve real world problems. In designing the course, the requirements of IEEE and standards laid down by American, Canadian, British and Indian universities and institutes have been taken into consideration.

Keeping the Course Up-to-date

With the passing of each year, the application of computers reaches new dimensions. This necessitates regular review of the syllabus. Required updating will normally be done every two years.

Structure of the Bachelor Degree in Computer Science (CS)

The Bachelor Degree in CS consists of general education courses, mathematics courses, business foundation courses, computer core courses, computer project work, computer elective courses and an internship/thesis. Each student is required to successfully complete a minimum of 124 credit hours to graduate. The student is required to take courses of 120 credits. The remaining 4 credits will be made up of project submission. A student may also be required to take remedial and supplementary non-credit courses to improve study skills, presentation and communication skills.

Credit Hours

The areas and titles of the courses for each year are given on subsequent pages. The curriculum has been based on the semester system, with three semesters each year. Each semester consists of 14 weeks of work. This is followed by a week's study break and exams in the 16th week. Transcripts are to be given out in the 20th week.

Credit hours have been based on the number of hours of theory lectures that need to be delivered in a week. One theory lecture per week throughout the semester means 1 Credit hour. Computer Science courses that require laboratory work include 3 hours of compulsory practical work each/alternate week. This is in addition to the theory hours. As the practical work is counted as integral part of the course, no additional credits are given for the practical. For these practical based courses, 3 hours theory + 3 hours practical work = 3 credit hours.

All subjects have compulsory tutorial classes either integrated with lab or separate. Marks will be awarded for submission of worksheets after the tutorial period.