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					MSc (Conversion) in Information Systems




                 2002
                              The University Of Technology
                                       Mauritius

                      MSc (Conversion) in Information Systems
1. PROGRAMME INFORMATION

The MSc conversion course in Information Systems aims to provide a foundation upon which
you can build a successful career. Graduates from universities have found that a conversion
course offers an ideal means to gain a foothold in an expanding and important industry.

The students will have a sound knowledge on telecommunication and network technologies, on
Database Management and on analysis and design of software systems.

Because computers pervade our lives, it is increasingly important to be computer literate.
Whether you wish to work in computing or wish to supplement your existing experience this
conversion course has something to offer. Successive students from the conversion course can
work in a range of famous firms.

2. PROGRAMME AIM

The course offered will attract a range of graduates from a wide variety of first-degree
disciplines. The MSc has appealed as much to Arts and Social Science students as it has to those
from a variety of scientific backgrounds whom one might expect to possess some familiarity
with computers. This serves to demonstrate that the allure of the course, in terms of degree
experience, is all encompassing.

The course also aims at people who wish to retrain or who wish to back up their employment
experiences with a formally recognised qualification.

Employment Prospects
Computing is one of the few professions that is expanding and in need of more good quality
graduates. Conversion course graduates are particularly sought after because they offer a
combination of skills in addition to their computing knowledge.

The range of jobs graduates enter is diverse. The graduates may choose to follow a technical
career and find employment as programmers in leading software houses. Others may work at the
interface between technicians and clients, becoming systems analysts or consultants. There are
also increasing opportunities for computer scientists in the public sector, in hospitals, health
authorities, police forces and local councils.

In addition, there are openings in education, in both teaching and research. The solid base that
the conversion course provides can lead to research work either through an advanced MSc course
or to study for a PhD.




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                                           PART I
                                        REGULATIONS


1. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must normally hold a good Honours degree (at least a II (ii)) in a discipline other
than Information Systems or related fields.

2. PROGRAMME DURATION

       Full Time:             1 year
       Part Time:             2 years

3. SEMESTER

       15 Weeks (Excluding Exam Period)

4. CREDIT SYSTEM

       1 Module = 3 credits




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5. STUDENT PROGRESS AND ASSESSMENT

All modules will carry 100 marks and will be assessed as follows (unless otherwise specified):
The written examinations usually consist of a number of written papers of up to three hour’s
duration. Continuous assessment carries 30% of the total marks. Continuous assessment can be
based on seminars and/or assignments or class tests.

The dissertation/project will carry 200 marks (6 credits).

Maximum marks attainable:
Level 1            1200

Grading

               Grade     Marks x(%)

               A         > 70
               A-        65 < x < 70
               B         60 < x < 65
               B-        55 < x < 60
               C         50 < x < 55
               C-        45 < x < 50
               D         40 < x < 45
               F         < 40

               A-D       Pass
               F         Fail


6. EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

The percentage mark contributes a 100 percent weighting towards the degree classification

7. DEGREE AWARD CLASSIFICATION

Candidates who do exceptionally well (e.g. obtain a mark of over 70%) may be awarded an MSc
with Distinction.

Candidates who fail to qualify for the award of the degree may be awarded as follows:
    Postgraduate Diploma (Conversion) in Information Systems if credits awarded are in the
      range of 24 and 35.
    Postgraduate Certificate (Conversion) in Information Systems if credits awarded are in
      the range of 12 and 23.




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                                             PART II
                          PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND PLAN

This MSc conversion course consists of four basic components:
           An induction programme;
           Several taught programmes;
           Examinations;
           A project, which culminates in a dissertation.

The Induction Programme

All students are required to attend a two-week long pre-term induction programme that starts in
August and consists of two parts:
            Introduction to Computer Fundamentals
            Introduction to Programming.

Due to the nature of the MSc course, many students will not have previously received any formal
instruction about how computers work and how they are programmed. The induction programme
aims to provide a basic introduction to these fundamental topics in order to ensure that everyone
has sufficient knowledge and aptitude to cope with the more advanced modules that follow.

These two weeks are very intensive and will require a large amount of effort on the student’s
part. Although students will attend lectures during this period, the days will largely be filled with
hands-on experience in practical classes. These classes will help familiarise the students with the
University's computer facilities and learn about developing simple computer programs in the
popular Java language.

The Taught Programme

Full Time Basis
This is followed by a fairly intensive teaching and practical work, covering much of what an
undergraduate student of computing would do in the first two years. If students complete this
part of the course successfully they can graduate straight away with a postgraduate diploma. If
students have done well enough, they can continue with a major project and dissertation for the
award of an MSc.

The dissertation should be completed by the end of the academic year (end of second semester),
so that the MSc should be completed in twelve months.

Each subject within the programme will normally have several assessed assignments and
students will be required to submit work.




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MSc (Conversion) in Information Systems                                          Full Time Basis
                                            LEVEL 1
                Semester 1                        Semester 2
Code        Modules                 Hrs   Credits Code      Modules                  Hrs/    Credits
                                    /Wk                                              Wk
            2 weeks intensive       15        0                   Project/                         6
            course including                                      dissertation
            practical works on
            programming,
            computer
            fundamentals
BISE050     OO Programming          2+2       3      BISE040      Data               3+0           3
                                                                  Communication
BISE030     Introduction to         2+2       3      BISE051      Large-scale        3+0           3
            DBMS                                                  OOSE
BISE080     Introduction to         2+2       3      BISE070      Visual             2+2           3
            Multimedia                                            Programming
BISE020     Introduction to         2+2       3      BISE021      Interactive        2+2           3
            Internet                                              Internet
            Applications                                          Applications
BISE061     Large-Scale FOSE        3+0       3      BISE031      Advanced           2+2           3
                                                                  DBMS
                                                                  Concepts &
                                                                  Applications

Part Time Basis
Again, this is followed by a fairly intensive teaching and practical work, covering much of what
an undergraduate student of computing would do in the first two years. If students complete this
part of the course successfully they can graduate straight away with a postgraduate diploma. If
students have done well enough, they can continue with a major project and dissertation for the
award of an MSc.

The dissertation should be completed at the end of the second Year.

Each subject within the programme will normally have several assessed assignments and
students will be required to submit work.




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MSc (Conversion) in Information Systems                            Part Time Basis
                                  LEVEL 1 YEAR 1
              Semester 1                  Semester 2
Code     Modules             Hrs/ Credit Code       Modules         Hrs/ Credits
                             Wk s                                   Wk
         2 weeks intensive 15       0
         course including
         practical works
         on programming,
         computer
         fundamentals.
BISE011 OO Programming 2 + 2 3            BISE070   Visual          2+2 3
                                                    Programming
BISE020 Introduction to      2+2 3        BISE080   Introduction to 2 + 2 3
         Internet                                   Multimedia
         Applications
                                          BISE030   Introduction to 2 + 2 3
                                                    DBMS
                                  LEVEL 1 YEAR 2
              Semester 3                                 Semester 4
Code     Modules             Hrs/ Credit Code       Modules         Hrs/ Credits
                             Wk s                                   Wk
BISE021 Interactive          2+2 3        BISE051   Large-scale     3+0 3
         Internet                                   OOSE
         Applications
BISE040 Data                 3+0 3        BISE031   Advanced        2+2 3
         Communication                              DBMS
                                                    Concepts and
                                                    Applications
BISE061 Large-Scale          3+0 3                  Project/               6
         FOSE                                       dissertation




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                                           PART III
                                   OUTLINE SYLLABUS

The Induction Programme

The induction programme aims to provide a basic introduction to these fundamental topics in
order to ensure that everyone has sufficient knowledge and aptitude to cope with the more
advanced modules that follow. This programme covers topics on Computer Fundamentals
(history of computing, hardware and software forthcoming developments, applications and much
more) and Introduction to Programming (basic data types, loops, conditions, functions etc).




BISE050       OO Programming

              - Introduction to OOP paradigm: Class, object, association, inheritance,
              polymorphism …
              - Programming workshops in C++ or Java JDK
              - Implementation of generic data structures in OOP (stack, linked lists…)
              - Testing of OO code
              - Quality attributes of OO code

BISE030       Introduction to DBMS

              - A brief history of data storage and retrieval technologies
              - Introduction to the RDBMS paradigm
              - Business domain analysis using ER modelling
              - Normalisation
              - SQL: DML & DDL

BISE080       Introduction to Multimedia

              -Overview of mainstream technologies in 2D & 3D graphics, animation & sound
              - Basic multimedia application design and development
              - Basic user interaction and elementary scripting

BISE020       Introduction to Internet Applications

              - a brief history of the evolution of The Internet
              - Introduction to markup language and hypermedia
              - Thin-client presentation and basic processing using HTML, Style Sheet CSS2,


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          scripts and multimedia add-ons
          - Use of visual programming workbenches (Microsoft VisualInterdev,
          Macromedia UltraDev)
          - Quality attributes of web pages

BISE061   Large-scale FOSE

          - Introduction to large-scale software development
          - Life cycle models
          - Tools and techniques applied to various stages of FOSE in SSADM/MERISE:
          requirements specifications, analysis & design, process models
          - The three views of systems

BISE040   Data Communication

          - Analogue/Digital communications
          - Coding
          - Basic error detection and correction
          - Basic compression techniques (loss/no loss)
          - Amplification, regeneration and noise
          - Transmission: serial/parallel, synchronous/asynchronous
          - Establishing point-to-point communication: broadcast, multiplexing, switching.
          Physical and logical addresses/circuits.
          - Digital networks and transmission. Integrated services networks. DOV, VOD.
          - Brief introduction of communication technologies used in LAN and WAN
          - Transmission media
          - Open systems interconnection
          - de facto standard - TCP/IP and Internet suite of protocols

BISE051   Large-scale OOSE

          -Object oriented modelling in UML:
          - Use Case diagram and use case scenarios
          - Class diagram
          - Sequence and collaboration diagram
          - Activity diagram
          - State chart
          - Package and deployment diagram
          - OOSE life cycle


BISE070   Visual Programming

          -Introduction to the visual programming paradigm
          - Survey of visual programming tools
          - Prototyping and software development


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          - Workshops in Visual Basic and Visual Interdev
          - HCI issues
          - Quality attributes of visual programming products
          - Professional programming conventions and protocols


BISE021   Interactive Internet Applications

          -Design and implementation of complete Internet-based applications
          - Database connectivity
          - Server-side scripting (JSP, ASP, GCI/PERL) to code business logic
          - Advanced client-side scripting (VB, J)
          - Survey of classes/types of web applications


BISE031   Advanced DBMS Concepts & Applications

          - Relational algebra & calculus
          - Relational integrity
          - Protocols
          - Distributed and parallel databases
          - Object-oriented databases
          - Data warehousing and data-mining
          - OLAP




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