The IS foundations reflect a minimum level of prerequisite IS knowledge, and are required to prepare students for the IS core.
Depending on the incoming student's credentials, the IS Foundations of the MSc IS program may be completed in as few as three credits (one course), or may require a maximum of twelve credits (four courses).
Exemptions from IS Foundations Courses - Flexible entrance requirements are designed to recognize the range of academic credentials held by IT professionals applying to the program. Exemptions from IS foundations are based on appropriate undergraduate or graduate academic credentials supported by relevant professional-level work experience.
Advanced standing is limited by program residency requirements. Depending on the incoming student's credentials, the IS Foundations of the MSc IS program may be completed in as few as three credits (COMP 601), or may require a maximum of twelve credits (COMP 601 + 3 other foundation courses). That is, to meet the MSc IS foundation requirements, a student should complete or get exempted from THREE of the following courses in addition to mandatory COMP601: COMP501, COMP503, and COMP504.
The IS core is a consistent set of information systems core courses offered by all institutions granting similar credentials. The following IS Core courses are required for all students:
The following IS Core courses may be selected as electives in both the Core and Career Track components:
Depending on the incoming student's credentials, the IS Core of the MSc IS program may be completed in as few as nine credits (three courses), or may require a maximum of fifteen credits (five courses).
|COMP 617||Designing Real Time Software |
|COMP 635||Green ICT Strategies |
|COMP 636||Enabling Technologies for E-Commerce |
|COMP 637||Mobile Computing |
|COMP 638||Enterprise Modeling |
|COMP 648|| Human Computer Interaction |
|COMP 650||Social Computing |
|COMP 657|| Artificial Intelligence |
|COMP 660||Enterprise Information Security |
|COMP 667||Multiagent Systems |
|COMP 674||Theory of Computation |
|COMP 682||Data Mining |
|COMP 688||Testing and QA Validation |
|COMP 689|| Advanced Distributed Systems |
After students complete the foundations and core courses, they need to synthesize what they have learned. In the past neither synthesis nor integration were included in the curriculum. Furthermore, system integration is a pervasive aspect of IS practice. For this reason, the program includes an integrating capstone component. Current and emerging concepts and technologies are studied through "career tracks". These tracks allow students (within the competency and resources of the faculty) to "major" in a specific subject area for which there is demand, or to achieve breadth within a topic area or across a wider scope.
Integration can be viewed from three perspectives. Enterprise integration and integration of the IS function are management perspectives, and will not be pursued in the MSc IS at this time. The integration of IS technologies will be the main approach for MSc IS students integration courses or projects. This view concerns the development of an integrated IS enterprise architecture including the evaluation and selection from architectural and platform choices, priorities, and policies, the assessment of the impact of emerging technologies, evaluation of the role of standards, and evaluation of the effect of vendor strategies.
The Master's essay is a single 3-credit requirement completed in addition to the foundations, core, and three career track courses. The essay provides a generalist rather than a specialist view, and may be a comprehensive critical survey of aspects of integration (applications, IS organization, and technology). Topics should show how different computer platforms and networks can be integrated to provide a flexible and efficient infrastructure for the organization. This course addresses both the WHAT and HOW of integration. The essay may identify significant open problems, but it is not expected to contribute significantly to their solution.
An essay supervisor is required, plus one additional reader. In addition to the essay, the student will be required to pass an oral examination on the contents of the Master's essay, to be administered by the essay supervisor and reader.
COMP 696 Master's Essay
This requires completion of the IS foundations and core, a "career track" elective course, and a project that is considered equivalent in effort to three elective 3-credit courses. A project supervisor is required, plus one additional reader. This additional reader may be a faculty member or an industry resource person approved by the faculty. The project should deal with the development of technologies for intra- and inter-organizational systems in the form of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment. The project must also satisfy an acceptable combination of the following criteria:
COMP 697 Project I (Proposal Writing)
COMP 698 Project II (Implementation)
Project credits consist of three, three-credit elements, namely, COMP 697, COMP698, and COMP 699. These elements are not conventional courses; however, they are treated similarly for administrative purposes.
COMP697 (three credits): Decision Making, Research Methodologies, and Proposal Writing are the first element of project work. This three-credit course focuses on research methodologies and on the suitability and applicability of these methodologies to distance education research. In-depth analyses of masters-level proposals and projects will be carried out. All students taking the project route must successfully complete COMP 697 before they can register in COMP698.
COMP698 (three credits) is the second element of project work. Students can register in COMP698 any time after they have successfully completed COMP697, produced an acceptable project proposal, and have established a project supervisory committee consisting of a supervisor and two other committee members. Upon completion of COMP698, the implementation of the project research should be done.
COMP699 (three credits) is the final element of project work. Students should register in COMP699 in the term in which they anticipate completing the project report and in which they will schedule the oral defence and final project report revision of this work.
Program completion requirements for the MSc IS are dependent on the student's academic credentials and professional-level work experience: a recent graduate of a CS or IS undergraduate program, or an IT professional with the right combination of academic credentials and work experience, may require as few as 24 credits (eight 3-credit courses or five 3-credit courses plus an integrative technology project). Others, with less appropriate academic credentials and/or marginal professional-level work experience, may require the maximum of 39 credits (thirteen 3-credit courses or ten 3-credit courses plus an integrative technology project equivalent to three 3-credit courses).
MSc IS Component Minimum Credits
MSc IS Component Maximum Credits
Updated June 30 2014 by FST Technical Staff