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					       DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL
            ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY




HANDBOOK FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM
        IN TRANSPORTATION

      SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

             300 College Avenue, N.E.
               ORANGEBURG, SC


                       2003
Funding for publication of this document was provided by University
Transportation Center at South Carolina State University. This document was
developed jointly by the University Transportation Center at South Carolina State
University and the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Principal Investigators are: Dr. Clarence W. Hill, James Gordon, Susan Mickle, and
Dr. Stanley Ihekweazu.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCES

     DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND MECHANICAL
          ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY




        STUDENT HANDBOOK


                    For the



     MASTER OF SCIENCE IN TRANSPORTATION




       SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
               ORANGEBURG, SC



                     2003




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              MASTERS DEGREE IN TRANSPORTATION

                      GRADUATE HANDBOOK

                          Table of Contents

Statement of Philosophy…………………………………………………………….                  1

Admission Requirements……………………………………………………………                    1

International Student Admission……………………………………………………              2

Student Responsibility………………………………………………………………                   2

Residence Requirements……………………………………………………………                    3

Transfer Credits ……………………………………………………………………                      3

Dismissal…………………………………………………………………………...                         3

Readmission………………………………………………………………………..                         4

Student Status………………………………………………………………………                        4

Student Advisement ………………………………………………………………..                    4

  Advisor………………………………………………………………………....                         4

  Thesis Committee ……………………………………………………………...                    4

Master of Science Degree Program of Study ………………………………………        5

Transportation Capstone Description………………………………………………            6

Thesis Requirements………………………………………………………………..                    9

Master of Science Degree Graduation Requirements ………………………………    9

Professional Etiquette and Protocol………………………………………………...         9

Checklist for Admission……………………………………………………………                  10

Checklist for Graduation……………………………………………………………                 11




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STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

The overall objective of the faculty of South Carolina State University, School of
Engineering Technology and Sciences, the Department of Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Technology and the Center of Excellence in Transportation at South
Carolina State University is to provide an environment in which the graduate student can
pursue academic goals, achieve a high level of professional competence and demonstrate
readiness to enter the transportation profession. Faculty and students participate in
research that stimulates intellectual growth, enhances and facilitates student learning and
adds to the scientific knowledge base of the profession. The Department offers a degree
leading to the Master of Science in Transportation.

The purpose of this Student Handbook is to provide information which will assist the
student in pursuing the above goals. While an attempt has been made to make the
handbook as comprehensive as possible, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of
all graduate published rules, regulations and policies. These policies may be found in the
Graduate School Catalog.

Each graduate student is assigned a faculty advisor within the Department upon
acceptance into the program. This advisor will assist in planning a preliminary program
of study. It should be noted that this advisor may change at a later date, contingent on a
student’s area of study and research interest. Students are encouraged to identify a major
professor/advisor as soon as possible after entering the program. This is particularly
important as it is the student’s committee, led by the major professor, who approves the
formal program of study. The major professor is a valuable source of information and
should be consulted on a frequent basis.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entering students must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited
institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8. Applicants must
take and submit the most recent score for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Students must provide two strong letters of recommendations from persons acquainted
with the applicant’s academic capabilities. The Graduate Studies Admissions Committee
in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology is responsible for
reviewing the application file of each applicant who has been accepted to the School of
Graduate Studies in full admission standing and for recommending to the Department
Chair any admission in “Full” or “Conditional” standing in the program. To be eligible
for full admission to the master’s degree program in Transportation, a candidate must
meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, the basic
Departmental requirements, and preparation (undergraduate courses) in:
accounting/economics/management/marketing and/or psychology/sociology and/or
engineering/engineering technology/computer science/biological science/physical
science/political science/criminal justice. Applicants who do not have undergraduate
preparation in one or more of the above areas will be required to complete preparatory




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courses prior to full admission to the masters degree program. Applicants with GPAs
less than 2.8 will be fully admitted after completing 9 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA.

As of July 1, 1987, a passing score on the English Proficiency Examination (EPE)
became an admission requirement for all master’s- level degree programs. Persons who do
not pass the examination must pass the examination on a subsequent administration. A
passing score on the English Proficiency Examination is required for admission to any
master’s degree program

If denied admission, a student may request reconsideration within 30 days of denial by
writing to the SCSU Department Graduate Program Supervisor.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION

The School of Graduate Studies at South Carolina State University believes that inclusion
of a vital international student population in its graduate programs benefits both U.S. and
non-U.S. students and the programs, as well. Therefore, the School is very interested in
encouraging qualified applicants from a broad spectrum of other countries and cultures.
International students planning to enter the United States on non- immigrant student visas
or who wish to transfer from other U.S. institutions are required to meet certain language
and financial requirements as well as the same academic standards as U.S. applicants. In
meeting these requirements, the international student applicant should write directly to
the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, at least nine months prior to the planned date
of enrollment. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report of 550 or
higher (for graduates of non-English-speaking universities), GRE General Test Score
reports with a verbal score not less than 425, official degree transcripts, and all
supporting credentials must be received before admission will be granted.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

The student must assume full responsibility for knowledge of rules and regulations of
The Graduate School and Departmental requirements for the chosen degree program.
The Department may have requirements beyond the minimum established by The
Graduate School. Students are responsible for the proper and timely completion of all
requirements of their degree programs and for satisfying the general regulations of the
University and the School of Graduate Studies as stated in the Graduate Catalog and
other official publications of the University. To assist the student in meeting this
responsibility, the University provides individual copies of the catalog through the School
of Graduate Studies. In addition, degree seeking students will be assigned an academic
advisor by the Departmental Chair who administers their degree program. The advisor
will assist the student in understanding degree requirements, program planning,
sequencing, scheduling, registration, etc.; however, the student has final responsibility
for fulfilling all degree requirements.

The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies will serve as the initial advisor for all
“Conditional” and certain “Non-Degree” students. Only the official advisor is authorized


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to sign course request forms and other required registration materials. Violations of this
policy will result in delay and possible cancellation of enrollment. All requests and
appeals from individual students should be executed in written form, from the student,
with any needed documentation attached, and provided to the responsible school official
(advisor, dean, etc.). Oral agreements are unofficial and will not be accepted as bases for
official actions. Note: Deadlines for filing for examinations, clearances, etc., will be
posted prominently on the bulletin boards adjacent to the School of Graduate Studies, and
students are responsible for complying with them.

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum residence requirements for master’s degree candidates is two full academic
semesters or approximately 18 weeks, each with a full student load, or three summer
school sessions each with a full load. There are two (2) forms to be completed for proof
of residency maybe obtained from the School of Graduate Studies office.

TRANSFER CREDITS

Requests for transfer of graduate credit earned at other institutions must be initiated by
the student concerned as part of the application for a Program of Study (P.O.S). A
maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred by candidates for
any master’s degree as electives or for required courses subject to the review and
approval of the student’s advisor, Departmental Chair, and the Dean of the School of
Graduate Studies. Of the twelve hours, no more than three semester hours in the Subject-
Matter, Professional Core, or Cognate for the MST. The same limits apply to inter-
program transfer of credit (i.e., from one State University program to another).
Transferred credit hours must not reduce the minimum residence period of two full
academic terms and are subject to the time limit requirements for the degree. Only
courses passed with a B or higher from regionally accredited institutions are acceptable
for transfer. All transferred credits are subject to the time limits of the school.

DISMISSAL

Grading Policies and Required Grade Point Average (GPA). A student must have a
grade-point average of not less than 3.00 in order to be listed as a candidate for
graduation. A grade-point average is determined by dividing total quality points earned
by total hours pursued at the University, using the standard of 4.00 quality points for each
A, 3.00 for each B and 2.00 for each C. Grades of D or F do not accrue quality points.
Grades for courses transferred will not be used in computing GPA. Any graduate student
who earns less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA for nine or more graduate semester hours
pursued will be placed on Academic Probation. Failure to restore the cumulative GPA to
at least 3.00 within nine additional semester hours of graduate work, including repeated
hours, will result in academic dismissal from further graduate study.

A dismissed graduate student must wait one year after dismissal before applying for re-
admission. If readmitted, the student must follow the academic



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READMISSION

All students in good standing who have not enrolled for one or more semesters (summer
included), all non-degree students, and all conditional students must file an Application
for Readmission with the Graduate School not less than 20 working days before the
opening date of registration.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT

All master’s level candidates who have enrolled in the first thesis-preparation course
must maintain continuous enrollment for each fall and spring semester until the Program
of Study is completed. Failure to enroll for at least one semester will result in suspension
from the degree program, unless the individual student receives advance written approval
to interrupt enrollment from the Departmental Chair and the Dean of the School of
Graduate Studies. In any case, program resumption is not permitted until the student
submits to the School of Graduate Studies a receipt for registration fees amounting to the
rate of one semester hour for each academic session missed unless the absence was
excused in writing in advance.

STUDENT STATUS

Graduate students must maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation by maintaining
a GPA of 3.0 or better. Timelines for progress as defined in this handbook must be
followed. Students may also be required to maintain proper registration commensurate
with status required by fellowships, assistantships, student loans and immigration visas.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Thesis
Committee of any changes to fellowship/assistantship status.

STUDENT ADVISEMENT

Advisor. The appointment of an Advisor is based upon the decision between the student
and the Departmental Chair. All SCSU graduate students must have an Advisor prior to
completing 12 credits in the graduate program. The Advisor is responsible for insuring
that the student understands degree requirements, program planning, sequencing,
scheduling, registration, etc.

Thesis Committee. The purpose of a Thesis Committee is to guide the development of
the thesis work, evaluate the written thesis proposal and the written thesis. Approval of
the thesis topic, outline, and committee by the Departmental Chair and the Dean of the
School of Graduate Studies constitutes permission for the student to enroll in three to six
semester hours of thesis preparation course work. In the Department of Civil and
Mechanical Engineering Technology, the Thesis Committee serves as both the
Supervisory and Research Committees as defined in the South Carolina State University
Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual.




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A minimum of three members must be nominated for MS Thesis Committees (2
members minimum from major field, 1 member cognate area), with a minimum of one
member being from outside the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Technology. Appointed members of the Thesis Committees must be eligible to teach a
graduate level course, must be experienced in directed independent study, and must have
a recent record of scholarly work. Appointed members of the Thesis Committees must
have terminal degrees in their fields of expertise (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., etc.). Nominations
for thesis committees are made using the South Carolina State Division of Graduate
Studies Form.     This form should be submitted to the SCSU Graduate Program
Coordinator following the advisor’s approval.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Course Requirements

CORE COURSES
Number       Title                                                                    Credits
TRP 520      Urban Transportation Policy Development                                  3
TRP 525      Transportation Statistics and Research                                   3
TRP 530      Transportation Planning                                                  3
TRP 540      Transportation Economics and Finance                                     3
TRP 550      Systems Analysis in Transportation                                       3
TRP 560      Public Policy and Administration                                         3
TRP 590      Comprehensive Subject-Matter Examination                                      0 (P,F)
                                    Total                                             18
MODAL SYSTEMS STRAND
Number       Title                                                                    Credits
TRP 630      Transportation Systems                                                   3
TRP 631      Highway Traffic Operations                                               3
TRP 632      Intelligent Transportation Systems                                       3
TRP 633      Transportation, Energy and Air Quality                                   3
TRP 634      Hazardous Materials Transportation and Risk Analysis                     3
           Total                                                                        9+

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING STRAND
Number      Title                                                                     Credits
TRP 640     Transportation and Land Use Planning                                      3
TRP 641     Application of GIS and GPS in Transportation                              3
TRP 642     Environmental Transportation Policy                                       3
TRP 643     Public Transportation Systems                                             3
TRP 644     Rural Transportation Planning                                             3
TRP 634     Hazardous Materials Transportation and Risk Analysis                      3
          Total                                                                         9 **



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BUSINESS STRAND
Number       Title                                                                   Credits
TRP 650      Leadership and Management of Transportatio n Organizations              3

TRP 651             International Logistics                                          3
TRP 652             Transportation Business Law                                      3
                  Total                                                                  9 **

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS STRAND
Number       Title                                                  Credits
TRP 660      Introduction to Data Base Design using Object Oriented 3
           Programming
TRP 661             Study of Transportation Sensors and Controls using Computer      3
                  Based Virtual Engineering Laboratory (CBVEL)
TRP 662             Design and Analysis of Intelligent Sensor Integrated Systems     3
                  Using CBVEL
TRP 663             Data Communication and Computer Networking                       3
TRP 632             Intelligent Transportation Systems                               3
                  Total                                                                  9 **

CAPSTONE
Number              Title                                                            Credits
TRP 600             Transportation Thesis                                            3
TRP 601             Transportation Thesis                                            3
  TRP 601-
02*                 Transportation Thesis                                            1
TRP 603             Transportation Seminar/Internship                                3
                  Total                                                                  9 **

                  Total Credit Hours Required                                        36
*                 Continuation of TRP 601
**                A total of 9 credit hours required.

 Strand-refers to the option area a student chooses to pursue in consultation with faculty
advisor.


TRANSPORTATION CAPSTONE DESCRIPTION

The Transportation Capstone has two components; the thesis and the seminar/internship.
TRP 600/601 Transportation Thesis and TRP 603 Transportation Seminar/Internship are
uniquely designed to provide the student a structured and mentored transition to the
transportation profession. Enrollment in these courses requires prior completion of a
minimum of twenty- four (24) credit hours towards fulfillment of the requirements for the


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Master of Science Degree in Transportation. The Transportation Capstone challenges the
student to synthesize their academic preparation while focusing on completing a
scholarly work (thesis) and a theory-to-practice experience (seminar/internship). These
activities provide a culminating experience through a seminar format while embracing
external learning experiences (internships, field assignments, seminars, conferences, and
mentorships). In-class discussions, forums, simulated exercises, interaction with
transportation professionals, faculty, and peers, and thesis completion serve as the
culminating requirements. The Transportation Capstone is structured to embrace the
integration of research, thesis completion, and seminar experience exchanges that will
ensure the production of graduates who are leaders and are thoroughly prepared to
address transportation-related challenges.

TRP 600/601. Transportation Thesis.

The thesis is the final component for the Transportation Capstone. TRP 600/601
provides the student an opportunity to synthesize and apply their acquired academic
knowledge and skills to solve a specific problem in the field of transportation.

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the thesis advisor
              24 credit hours of TRP courses

TRP 603. Transportation Seminar/Internship.

The internship is an individually structured program designed to provide an opportunity
for the student to work in a transportation environment under the supervision of
transportation professionals and a university faculty member (mentor). In addition to the
field assignment, the seminar allows the student to explore contemporary transportation
issues through participation in seminars, conferences, forums, and simulated exercises.

Prerequisite: 24 credit hours of TRP courses




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                        TRANSPORTATION                        TRANSPORTATION
                            THESIS                            SEMINAR/INTERN
                           TRP 600-601                            TRP 603

                                     THESIS
                   ADVISOR                                THEORY-TO-PRACTICE
                   COMMITTEE        PROPOSAL

                                                  INTERNSHIP            SEMINAR
                                                    • MENTOR              • FORUMS
                  GRADUATE                          • PRACTICAL           • WORKSHOPS
24 CREDIT HOURS




                  SCHOOL                              EXPERIENCE          • CONFERENCES


                  School of                                   EVALUATION
                  Engineering                                   • FACULTY
                  Technology &
                  Sciences
                                                                • PROFESSIONALS
                                                                • PEERS
                  Department of
                  Civil &
                  Mechanical                       ADVISOR
                  Engineering                      COMMITTEE
                  Technology


                                         THESIS     DEFENSE                 GRADUATION


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THESIS REQUIREMENTS

A thesis is required of all students who pursue the MS in Transportation. Students are
required to make an oral defense of their research report before their officially assigned
committees in a public forum. The basic guidelines for students to use in preparing
research reports for binding are the School of Graduate Studies publication “General
Requirements for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.” Copies are available
from the Graduate Studies office. In addition, all research reports must follow the
stylistic guidelines set forth in the publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association. The completed thesis may be recorded on microfilm and/or copyrighted
and/or bound. Charges for these services are normally paid by the student. Consult with
the Graduate Studies office for more information (refer to the Master Degree in
Transportation Thesis Handbook).

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To complete graduation requirements, including a thesis, students must submit the final
draft of the thesis to their Committee Cha ir not less than 60 days prior to the end of the
academic session in which they are enrolled. On receipt of three copies of the final
(corrected) copy signed by all committee members and a paid receipt for binding costs,
the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies will clear the student for the thesis portion of
the degree requirements.

PROFESSIONAL ETIQUETTE AND PROTOCOL

Etiquette ends up being important in many aspects of life and this is not exception. It is
important to remember that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to seek help and
guidance, moreover it is not the acceptable to presume that each thesis committee
member is informed of your current standing (Example: automatically should know my
defense is scheduled for…). Your thesis advisor and other members of your committee
are all trying to help you accomplish one of your major life goals. They are expected to
be given your respect and due courtesy. This is especially true with regard to their time.

READY FOR BINDING DEADLINES

Final corrected, approved, signed, and collated copies of each thesis must be delivered in
person by the degree candidate to the Graduate Office in clearly identifiable envelopes on
or before the deadlines listed below to be eligible for degree completion during the May,
June, or December cycles, respectively: March 31 – May cycle; July 1 – July cycle; and
November 1 – December cycle. Submission after these deadlines will automatically
advance to the next subsequent clearing cycle and the candidate will be notified to re-file
for the next graduation cycle.




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CHECKLIST FOR ADMISSION

  1.   Apply to SCSU School of Graduate Studies.
  2.   Provide GRE Scores with a verbal score of 425 or take the English
       Proficiency Examination.
  3.   Apply to the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering for Program
  4.   Admission.
  5.   The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering establishes a Program
       Admission Committee.
  6.   The Department Chair shall nominate the following:

       5 members

       (2) persons from the MST faculty

       (2) persons from the cognate area

       (2) Center of Excellence in Transportation member

       The committee should meet January and May of each year.

  7.   The Department Chair must notify each student of admission to the program
       in writing.




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           CHECKLIST FOR GRADUATION

   1. Provide Full Admission status letter signed by the Dean of the School of
      Graduate Studies (a) before the end of the first session of enrollment and (b)
      before earning 15 hours of graduate credit in non-degree status.

   2. Secure a letter of admission to the MS Degree Program from the Departmental
      Chair within 30 days after Full Admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

   3. Schedule a meeting with your assigned official advisor immediately upon
      receiving the letter of admission.

   4. Study the University Calendar and anticipate all filing deadlines.

   5. File a Program of Study (P O.S.) through your official advisor immediately after
      earning the first nine semester hours.

   6. Schedule and pass the subject- matter comprehensive examination after
      completing all core courses.

   7. Complete the approved P.O.S. and all other degree requirements before expiration
      of the six- year time limit.

   8. Complete the thesis per the Departmental Thesis Handbook.

   9. Submit a completed thesis, if required in the P.O.S., to the Committee Chair well
      before Ready for Binding deadlines, per deadlines in the current Graduate
      Catalog.

   10. Schedule the oral thesis defense at least 14 days before the Ready for Binding
       deadline.

   11. File for graduation and pay appropriate fees before the posted deadline during the
       semester in which graduation is planned.

   12. Submit the Ready for Binding thesis copies on or before the posted deadline.


Information regarding required forms maybe obtained from the School of Graduate
Studies. Requirements change from time to time and it is the responsibility of the
graduate student to comply with the updated version of the manual. Note that all Forms
are required to have the signature of the Dean of the School of Engineering Technology
and Sciences. Contact the Dean’s office early enough so that you may obtain this
signature in time for all deadlines. All forms submitted to the School of Graduate Studies
must be typed.




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