Master of Science in Computer Science
Delivery of Instruction
SVU offers a hybrid mode of instruction for the MSCS program. The hybrid mode of delivery combines live online instructions and onsite instructions for the class.
Live Online Instructions
The online instructions are offered live and provided through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) utilizing Moodle’s BigBlueButton as the online conferencing platform. The live online instructions are synchronous events where the students and instructor meet together at the same time to communicate with voice, video, and whiteboard.
The onsite instructions are face-to-face interactions, with the instructor in the room with the students. The onsite instructions will also be delivered through the LMS, allowing students to engage in either onsite or online. For each class, the Academic Dean will determine the frequency of each onsite session, dependent on the needs of the students. Lab classes are required to be onsite.
Learning Management System (LMS)
SVU’s Learning Management System (LMS) utilizes the Moodle LMS platform, hosted by MoodleCloud. The LMS allows SVU to track student engagement, i.e. usage, attendance, and attention. The LMS securely provides students with the means to collaborate on projects, study groups, and engage with each other through chat rooms. Students also have more effective engagement with the instructor and students would more likely use SVU services, i.e. tutoring, student advising, and career counseling services. LMS provides the capability to share all course materials, consisting of lecture slides, homework assignments, quizzes, class presentations, reading and supplementary materials, and other class assignments. The LMS will maintain a record of the dates on which lessons, projects, and dissertations were received and when responses were returned to each student, approximately within 7 days.
The hybrid mode of delivery requires the student to be familiar with the internet and use common internet applications, i.e. web browser, email, an editor, and PowerPoint. The student must be able to download files, install applications, update applications, and be aware of potential network/file viruses. The student must have access to the following system and software requirements:
- An internet connection, broadband wired or wireless.
- Speakers, microphone, and webcam.
- Operating System: Windows 10/8/7 or Mac OS or Red Hat Linux or CentOS or Fedora or OpenSUSE systems.
- Web Browser: Windows Internet Explorer or Edge or Firefox or Chrome. Mac Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. Linux Firefox or Chrome.
- PDF Viewer/Reader.
- PowerPoint Presentation Software.
- Text Editor.
- Optional Tablet and Mobile Devices: iOS and Android devices.
The student will be given a list of system and software requirements, and the student must sign to acknowledge he/she has the resources to succeed in SVU’s hybrid MSCS program.