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100 Level


Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus
Description: For students with no prior experience with computers. Organization and function of computer systems; application of computers in today’s society; social impact of computers. Introduction to algorithms, various types of application packages, and the Internet. 4 credits.
Restrictions: Not for CS Majors
Syllabus: CS101_C1_Summer 2017
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200 Level


Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Online, On Campus and Blended
Program: MS CIS Prerequisite, MS TC Prerequisite
Description: This course is a technically-oriented introductory survey of information technology. Students learn about basic computer information, different types of business systems and basic systems analysis, design and development. Students also study basic mathematics, software development and create simple Java programs. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS200_B1_Spring2016

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite, MS CIS prerequisite
Description: Introduction to problem-solving methods and algorithm development. Includes procedural and data abstractions, program design, debugging, testing, and documentation. Covers data types, control structures, functions, parameter passing, library functions, and arrays. Laboratory exercises in Python. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS201_Summer1_2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 201. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite, MS CIS prerequisite
Description: Covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the C++ language. Data types, control structures, functions, library functions, classes, inheritance, and multiple inheritance. Use of constructors, destructors, function and operator overloading, reference parameters and default values, friend functions, input and output streams, templates, and exceptions. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS231_B1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 201. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite
Description: This course covers the elements of object-oriented programming and the Java Programming Language. Primitive data types, control structures, methods, classes, arrays and strings, inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, applets, exceptions and streams. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS232_C1_Spring 2017

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite
Description: Fundamentals of logic (the laws of logic, rules of inferences, quantifiers, proofs of theorems), Fundamental principles of counting (permutations, combinations), set theory, relations and functions, graphs, trees and sorting, shortest path and minimal spanning trees algorithms. Monoids and Groups. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS248_A2_Summer 2017
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300 Level


Prerequisites: MET CS 231. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite
Description: Covers data structures, using the C++ language. Topics include data abstraction, encapsulation, the use of recursion, creation and manipulation of various data structures; bags, lists, queues, tables, trees, heaps and graphs, and searching and sorting algorithms.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS341 Summer 2 2017 Syllabus and Calendar Rev 1

Prerequisites:MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite
Description: This course covers data structures using the Java Programming Language. Topics include data abstraction, encapsulation, information hiding, and the use of recursion, creation and manipulation of various data structures: lists, queues, tables, trees, heaps, and graphs, and searching and sorting algorithms.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS342_SC1_Sum2_2016

Prerequisites: MET CS 201 . Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Computer-based management information systems. Management’s role in development and use of computer systems. Planning for a comprehensive information system; role in decision making, case studies. 4 credits.
Syllabus:
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400 Level


Prerequisites: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232.  Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS401 B1 Fall 2015
Prerequisites: MET CS 342 or equivalent knowledge of Java. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Comprehensive coverage of object-oriented programming with cooperating classes. Implementation of polymorphism with inheritance and interfaces and in Java library containers. Programming with exceptions, stream input/output and graphical AWT and Swing components. Threads, sockets, datagrams and database connectivity are also covered in this course. Laboratory course. 4 credits.
Syllabus:CS422 D1_Spring 2017 
Prerequisites: MET CS 200. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Basic concepts of data communications and computer networks; hardware, software, and reference models; TCP/IP protocol suite. Overview of voice communication, LAN, network development life cycle, security, management IT Economic: Total Cost Ownership, Return on investment and IT Project Portfolio Management. 4 credits.
Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 535 or CS 625. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Syllabus: 
Prerequisites: None
Delivery:
Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS elective
Description: This courses provides comprehensive overview of IT Project Management and the key processes associated with planning, organizing and controlling of software Projects. The course will focus on various knowledge areas such as: project scope management, risk management, quality management, communications management and integration management. Students will be required to submit a term paper.

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Topics covered include: the relational and entity-relational models, data modeling, normalization, object modeling, SQL, advanced SQL, stored procedures, triggers, database design, database lifecycle, and transactions. Students are introduced to advanced topics including performance tuning, distributed databases, replication, business intelligence, data warehouses, internet databases, database administration, security, backup and recovery. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Laboratory Class. 4 credits.
Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 669 or CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
On Campus Syllabus: CS469_CS669_Spring 2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS prerequisite
Description: Computer organization with emphasis on processors, memory, and input/output. Includes pipelining, ALUs, caches, virtual memory, parallelism, measuring performance, and basic operating systems concepts. Discussion of assembly language instruction sets and programming as well as internal representation of instructions. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS472 C1_Summer 2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 342. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Techniques for the construction of reliable, efficient and cost-effective software. Requirements analysis, software design, programming methodologies, testing procedures, software development tools and management issues. Students design and implement a system in a group project. Laboratory course.
Syllabus: CS473_EX_Spring 2016
Prerequisites: Consent of advisor.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS
Description: Independent study on special projects under faculty guidance. 4 credits or variable.
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500 Level

 Prerequisites: MET CS 341 or MET CS 342. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: In-depth exploration of the C# programming language and Visual Studio .NET for development, debugging, and deployment of applications.  4 credits.
Syllabus: 
CS503_D1_Spring2016
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus
Program: MS CIS, MS CS, MS TC
Description: MET CS 506 Internship in Computer Science provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive academic credit for a part‐time or full‐time internship. The chosen internship must be related to the student’s specialization of study and located at an off‐campus facility. Students enrolled in the course will be individually supervised by a faculty member from the Department of Computer Science. This course may not be taken until the student has completed at least six courses towards their master’s program. International students choosing to take this course to receive a CPT benefit must have completed one academic year of study in order to comply with International Students and Scholars Office requirements. Graduate standing in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Telecommunication is required (Variable credit).
Syllabus & Application: MET CS506 Internship in Computer Science Syllabus

Prerequisite: MET CS 200; Not recommended for students without a programming background. Or Instructor’s Consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core
Description: This course covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures, methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable. 4 credits.
Online Syllabus: CS520S_OL_Sum2_2016
On Campus Syllabus:
CS520-BHA-Spring-2017

Prerequisite: MET CS 200; Not recommended for students without a programming background. Or Instructor’s Consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CIS Core, MSSD Core
Description: This course covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Python programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course students will be capable of applying software engineering principles to design and implement Python applications that can be used in conjunction with analytics and big data. (4 credits)
Syllabus: cs521_o1_spring-2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 300 and either MET CS 520 or MET CS 521. Or instructor consent.
Delivery: Online
Program: MSSD core, MSCIS elective
Description: This course covers and relates fundamental components of programs. Students use various data structures to solve computational problems, and implement data structures using a high-level programming language. Algorithms are created, decomposed, and expressed as pseudocode. The running time of various algorithms and their computational complexity are analyzed.  4 credits. Syllabus:
 Prerequisites: MET CS 248 and MET CS 341 or MET CS 342 . Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: This course is primarily the study of design of graphic algorithms. At the end of the course you can expect to be able to write programs to model, transform and display 3-dimensional objects on a 2-dimensional display.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS532_B1_Fall 2015
 Prerequisites: MET CS 575 and MET CS 201 or MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS core, MS TC core
Description:This course provides a robust understanding of networking. It teaches the fundamentals of networking systems, their architecture, function and operation and how those fundamentals are reflected in current network technologies. Students will learn the principles that underlie all networks and the application of those principles (or not) to current network protocols and systems.  The course explains how layers of different scope are combined to create a network. There will be a basic introduction to Physical Media, the functions that make up protocols, such as error detection, delimiting, lost and duplicate detection; and the synchronization required for the feedback mechanisms: flow and retransmission control, etc. Students will be introduced to how these functions are used in current protocols, such as Ethernet, WiFi, VLANs, TCP/IP, wireless communication, routing, congestion management, QoS, network management, security, and the common network applications as well as some past applications with unique design solutions. 4 credits.
Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 625 or CS 425 (undergraduate). Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Syllabus: CS535_C1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 546 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MSCIS Requirement & MSTC Prerequisite
Description:  The goal of this course is to provide students with the mathematical and practical background required in the field of data analytics. Starting with an introduction to probability and statistics, the R tool is introduced for statistical computing and graphics. Different types of data are investigated along with data summarization techniques and plotting. Data populations using discrete, continuous, and multivariate distributions are explored. Errors during measurements and computations are analyzed in the course. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing topics are also examined. The concepts covered in the course are demonstrated using R. Laboratory Course. 4 credits.
Syllabus:CS544_A1_Fall 2017CS544_O1_Fall 2017
Prerequisites: Academic background that includes the material covered in a standard course on college algebra. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core, MS TC core
Description: The goal of this course is to provide Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous distributions. 4 credits.
Restrictions: Not for MS CS students.
Syllabus: CS 546_C1_EL_Summer 2017
Recommended prerequisite: MET CS 544 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CIS elective, MS CS elective
Description: This course provides an overview of the statistical tools most commonly used to process, analyze, and visualize data. Topics include simple linear regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, and survival analysis. These topics are explored using the statistical package R, with a focus on understanding how to use and interpret output from this software as well as how to visualize results. In each topic area, the methodology, including underlying assumptions and the mechanics of how it all works along with appropriate interpretation of the results, are discussed. Concepts are presented in context of real world examples. 4 Credits.
Syllabus: CS555_D1_Fall 2017
 Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: This course presents financial algorithms used in applications of computer science in financial decision analysis, risk management, data mining and market analysis, and other modern business processes. The course covers theoretical background on probabilistic methods used for financial decision making and their application in number of fields such as financial modeling, venture capital decision making, operational risk measurement and investment science. Number of financial applications and algorithms are being presented for portfolio risk analysis, modeling real options, venture capital decision making, etc. The course concludes with algorithms for financial risk assessment and presents the security concepts and challenges of financial information systems. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS561_Spring 2015
Prerequisites: MET CS 248 and MET CS 341 or MET CS 342. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS core
Description: Discusses basic methods for designing and analyzing efficient algorithms emphasizing methods used in practice. Topics include sorting, searching, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms, advanced data structures, graph algorithms (shortest path, spanning trees, tree traversals), matrix operations, string matching, NP completeness. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS566_C1_Summer2017
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS elective
Description: This course is designed for IT professionals, and those training to be IT professionals, who are preparing for careers in healthcare-related IT (Health Informatics). This course provides a high-level introduction into basic concepts of biomedicine and familiarizes students with the structure and organization of American healthcare system and the roles played by IT in that system. The course introduces medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments associated with common disease processes. IT case studies demonstrate the key roles of health informatics and how IT tools and resources help medical professionals integrate multiple sources of information to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. (4 credits)
Syllabus: CS570_O1_Fall 1 2016
Prerequisites: MET CS 472 and MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS core, MS TC core
Description: Overview of operating system characteristics, design objectives, and structures. Topics include concurrent processes, coordination of asynchronous events, file systems, resource sharing, memory management, security, scheduling and deadlock problems. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS575-C1-Summer-2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: BS CS, MS CS core
Description: This course provides a theoretical yet modern presentation of database topics ranging from Data and Object Modeling to advanced topics such as using C++/Java to develop Web-based database applications. Other topics covered – relational data model, SQL and manipulating relational data; applications programming for relational databases; physical characteristics of databases; achieving performance and reliability with database systems; object-oriented and distributed information systems. 4 credits.
Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 669 or CS 469 (undergraduate). Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Syllabus: CS579_C1_EX_Summer 2017
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: This course presents the technological fundamentals and integrated clinical applications of modern Biomedical IT. The first part of the course covers the technological fundamentals and the scientific concepts behind modern medical technologies, such as digital radiography, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, etc. It also presents various medical data and patient records, and focuses on various techniques for processing medical images. This part also covers medical computer networks and systems and data security and protection. The second part of the course focuses on actual medical applications that are used in health care and biomedical research. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS580_C1_EL_Spring2016

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are application systems that automate the activities of healthcare clinicians including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and healthcare administrative staff. Use of EHRs is increasing rapidly due to the systems’ benefits and federal government programs to deploy EHRs. This increased use of EHRs has many challenges including complex data, high security requirements, integration to multiple application systems, a distributed user base, and broad impact on how these users work. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS581_A1_Fall 2015
Prerequisites: Consent of advisor.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective
Description: Independent study on special projects under faculty guidance. 4 credits.
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: In this course we will study the fundamental and design applications of various biometric systems based on fingerprints, voice, face, hand geometry, palm print, iris, retina, and other modalities. Multimodal biometric systems that use two or more of the above characteristics will be discussed. Biometric system performance and issues related to the security and privacy aspects of these systems will also be addressed. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS599_A1_Spring2016
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600 Level

Prerequisites:
For CIS Students: MET CS 200. Or instructor’s consent.
For CS and TC Students:  MET CS 231 or MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS601_Spring 2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 601 or Instructor’s consent.
Delivery:
Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program:
MS CIS elective, MS SD Elective, MS CS elective
Syllabus:
CS602_OL_Syllabus
Description: The Server-Side Web Development course concentrates primarily on building web applications using PHP/MySQL and Node.js/MongoDB. The course is divided into various modules covering in depth the following topics: PHP, MySQL, Object oriented PHP, PHP MVC, Secure Web applications, Node.js and MongoDB. Along with the fundamentals underlying these technologies, several applications will be showcased as case studies. Students work with these technologies starting with simple applications and then examining real world complex applications. At the end of this course, students would have mastered the web application development on the server-side. 4 credits. Syllabus:CS602_O1_Fall 2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 342 or equivalent knowledge of Java. Or MET CS 521 and MET CS 526. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CIS elective, MS CS elective, MSSD Core
Description: Comprehensive coverage of object-oriented programming with cooperating classes. Implementation of polymorphism with inheritance and interfaces and in Java library containers. Programming with exceptions, stream input/output and graphical AWT and Swing components. Threads, sockets, datagrams and database connectivity are also covered in this course.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS622_B1_Spring 2017
Prerequisite: MET CS 200. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core
Description: This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. 4 credits.
Restrictions: MS CIS only. This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 425 (undergraduate) or CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Online Syllabus: CS625OL_Spring12017_Syllabus
OnCampus/Blended Syllabus:
CS625_B1_EL_Spring2016

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of software project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling software projects. There is substantial focus on software cost estimation and software risk management. Students will obtain practical project management skills and competencies related to the definition of a software project, establishment of project communications, managing project changes and managing distributed software teams and projects. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS632C1_EL_Summer 2017
Prerequisites: MET CS 520 or MET CS 521. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective, MSSD elective
Description: Theory and practice of security and quality assurance and testing for each step of the software development cycle. Verification vs. validation. Test case design techniques, test coverage criteria, security development and verification practices, and tools for static and dynamic analysis. Standards. Test-driven development. QA for maintenance and legacy applications. From a project management knowledge perspective, this course covers the methods, tools and techniques associated with the following processes — Plan Quality, Perform Quality Assurance, and Perform Quality Control. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS633_O1_Spring 2017
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Blended and Online
Program: MS CIS elective, MSSD Core
Description:  This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning and executing on software development projects using agile methodologies. Students will obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and be able to distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies.Students will learn how to apply agile tools and techniques in the software development lifecycle from project ideation to deployment, including establishing an agile team environment, roles and responsibilities, communication and reporting methods, and embracing change.We also leverage the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Institute for agile project development as a framework in this course. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS634_EL_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 231 or MET CS 232, and either MET CS 625 or MET CS 535. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CIS elective, MS CS elective, MS TC core
Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of Media-specific Technologies not only so that they will be able to use the ones covered in this course, but more importantly be able to analyze and evaluate new technologies. This course applies the principles from CS 535 to understand the engineering that lead to them as well as the special problems that confront network technologies that operate directly over the physical media. These Media specific layers have three problems to solve: the usual one of multiple users of a common resource, accommodating the particular characteristics of the media, and providing (to the degree possible) a media-independent service to the layers above. While CS 535 provides a high-level view of some of these technologies, in this course, they are considered in much greater detail as to how these technologies address their requirements and take advantage of the assumptions made. The emphasis is on those technologies that are either representative of a type or take a unique perspective on the problem. Hence, the traditional data link protocols, such as HDLC, modern Ethernet (primarily VLANs), WiFi (802.11) represent the first type, while media technologies, such as DOCSIS, RFIDs, IoT, and cellular mobile networks are representative of the second. The course will consider how these technologies solve mobility, routing, congestion, QoS (multi-media), security, etc. A major project is part of this course. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS635_Spring 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to building state-of-the-art Web sites, Web applications, Web services, and Web-connected devices with Microsoft technologies, with an emphasis on server-side technologies, cross-platform (Windows, OS X, Linux) methodologies, and how they interplay with today’s client-side script. Server-side technologies covered include the C# programming language, the ASP.NET system for developing web sites and web apps, REST-based and SOAP-based web services, ADO.NET and LINQ for data access, Model View Controller (MVC) and Model- View-ViewModel (MVVM) architectures and frameworks like Windows Communication Framework (WCF). This class requires some programming experience in either Java, C#, or C++. Programming will be based on Microsoft Visual Studio or Microsoft Code, available through BU’s MSDNAA. A copy of the software will be provided to students.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS651_C1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 248. Or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS core
Description: Theory of finite automata and regular expressions and properties of regular sets. Context-free grammars, context-free languages, and pushdown automata. Turing machines, undecidability problems, and the Chomsky hierarchy. Introduction to computational complexity theory and the study of NP-complete problems. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS662_B1_Spring2016

Prerequisites: MET CS 248 and MET CS 341 or MET CS 342. Or instructors consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: Study of the ideas and techniques that enable computers to behave intelligently. Search, constraint propagation and reasoning. Knowledge representation, natural language, learning, question answering, inference, visual perception, and/or problem solving.  4 credits.
Syllabus: 
Prerequisites: MET CS 341, MET CS 342, MET CS 520, or MET CS 521. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MSSD Core
Description: Software design principles, the object-oriented paradigm, unified modeling language; creational, structural, and behavioral design patterns; OO analysis and design; implementation of semester project. Laboratory course. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS665_O1_Summer2017
Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core, MS SD elective
Description: Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands-on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. class. 4 credits.
Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with CS 469 (undergraduate) or CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.
Online Syllabus: CS669 O2 Spring 2017
On Campus Syllabus:
CS469_CS669_Spring 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 575 . Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective
Description: Teaches students how to develop complex applications based on the UNIX/POSIX standard. Topics include UNIX standardization and implementation, shell programming, system calls, library function, process control and relationships, signals, file and terminal input/output, and interprocess communication. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS671_Spring 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 342 and at least one 500- level computer programming-intensive computer science course or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS Core
Description: Techniques for the construction of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective software. Requirement analysis, software design, programming methodologies, testing procedures, software development tools, and management issues. Students plan, design, implement, and test a system in a group project. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: MET CS 669 or MET CS 579. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Blended, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: The course provides a strong foundation in database security and auditing. This course utilizes Oracle scenarios and step-by-step examples. The following topics are covered: security, profiles, password policies, privileges and roles, Virtual Private Databases, and auditing. The course also covers advanced topics such as SQL injection,database management security issues such as securing the DBMS, enforcing access controls, and related issues. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: Basic programming knowledge or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core, MS SD Core
Description: Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data-processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing. 4 credits.
Restrictions: Only for MS CIS students
Online Syllabus: CS682_C1_Summer 2017
On Campus Syllabus: 
CS682_C1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 342 or MET CS 520 or MET CS 521. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS SD elective
Description: Design and development principles for mobile device applications; in-depth coverage of the Android platform; mobile hardware; cell networks; mobile architectures, operating systems, languages, development environments and simulators, and user interfaces; location-based services; data storage and retrieval. Students write Android applications, simulate, and test them. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement security policies to support organizational goals. The course also discusses disaster recovery; handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information; privacy issues; and hostile activities. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS684_D1_E1_Spring2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC core
Description: This course covers computer networks management including configuration, fault, performance, as well as security management. Particular focus and emphasis is given to security management. Problem solving techniques and network management tools are discussed and practiced during extensive laboratory sessions. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: MET CS 544, or MET CS 555 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CIS elective, MS CS elective
Description: The Web Analytics and Mining course covers the areas of web analytics, text mining, web mining, and practical application domains. The web analytics part of the course studies the metrics of web sites, their content, user behavior, and reporting. Google analytics tool is used for collection of web site data and doing the analysis. The text mining module covers the analysis of text including content extraction, string matching, clustering, classification, and recommendation systems. The web mining module studies how web crawlers process and index the content of web sites, how search works, and how results are ranked. Application areas mining the social web and game metrics will be extensively investigated. Laboratory Course. 4 Credits.
Syllabus: CS688_C1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669 and either MET CS 520 or MET CS 521. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description: This course surveys state-of-the art technologies in DW and Big Data. It describes logical, physical and semantic foundation of modern DW infrastructure.  Students will create a cube using OLAP and implement decision support benchmarks on Hadoop/Spark vs Vertica database. Upon successful completion, students will be familiar with tradeoffs in DW design and architecture. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625; Familiarity with OSI and TCP/IP protocol stack; Background-familiarity with binary numbers, prime numbers, binary- hexadecimal-decimal conversions, etc; Familiarity with computer programming concepts. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC core
Description: This course will cover advanced network security issues and solutions. The main focus on the first part of the course will be on Security basics, i.e. security services, access controls, vulnerabilities, threats and risk, network architectures and attacks. In the second part of the course, particular focus and emphasis will be given to network security capabilities and mechanisms (Access Control on wire-line and wireless networks), IPsec, Firewalls, Deep Packet Inspection and Transport security. The final portion of the course will address Network Application security (Email, Ad-hoc, XML/SAML and Services Oriented Architecture security. As part of our course review we will explore a number of Network Use Cases. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS690 O1_Spring 2017

Prerequisites: working knowledge of windows computers, including installing and removing software. Access to a PC meeting the minimum system requirements defined in the course syllabus.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: Provides a comprehensive understanding of digital forensics and investigation tools and techniques. Laboratory and hands-on assignments either in solo or in teams. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS693_EL_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: None
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description:This course gives an overview of mobile forensics investigation techniques and tools. Topics include mobile forensics procedures and principles, related legal issues, mobile platform internals, bypassing passcode, rooting or jailbreaking process, logical and physical acquisition, data recovery and analysis, and reporting. Provide in-depth coverage of both iOS and Android platforms. Laboratory and hands-on exercises using current tools are provided and required. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS694_O1_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application- level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients. 4 credits.
Course Syllabus: CS695_A1E1_Spring 2017

MS CS Prerequisites: MET CS 579. Or instructor’s consent.
MS CIS Prerequisites: MET CS 669 and MET CS 546 or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description:The goal of this course is to study basic concepts and techniques of data mining. The topics include data preparation, classification, performance evaluation, association rule mining, and clustering. We will discuss basic data mining algorithms in the class and students will practice data mining techniques using data mining software. Students will use Weka and SQL Server or Oracle. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS699_O1_Summer 2017
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700 Level

Prerequisites: MET CS 520 and MET CS 601. Or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS SD elective, MS TC elective
Description:The Rich Internet Application (RIA) Development course concentrates primarily on building rich client web applications in the browser for desktop and mobile devices. The course is divided into various modules covering in depth the following technologies: HTML5, AngularJS, and Ionic framework. Along with the fundamentals underlying these technologies, several applications will be showcased as case studies. Students work with these technologies starting with simple applications and then examining real world complex applications. At the end of this course, students would have mastered the latest and widely used RIA methodologies. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS701_O1_Summer 2 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 625 and MET CS 695 . Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course provides a comprehensive understanding of network forensic analysis principles. Within the context of forensics security, network infrastructures, topologies, and protocols are introduced. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS703_EL_Fall 2015

Prerequisites: MET CS 693 and MET CS 703 . Or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course provides an introduction to the advanced digital forensic topic relating to malicious software (malware), which represents an increasing information security threat to computer systems and networks. This course will incorporate demonstrations and laboratory exercises to reinforce practical applications of course instruction and will require an independent research paper related to the course topic. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: MET CS 231 OR MET CS 232. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective
Description: Cloud computing leverages the World Wide Web to fulfill computing needs. It packages applications, computing power, and storage as a metered service similar to a utility. This model is designed to supplant the traditional mechanism of desktop computing in many cases. This course will cover the origin, theory, enabling technology, and hands-on labs for key concepts in cloud computing. Students will: (1) Learn the unique set of problems and challenges in developing cloud computing applications; (2) Learn the platform, tools, technology and processes for developing cloud computing applications using Hadoop as the main example; and (3) Propose, develop, and run applications for the platforms covered. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS755_D1_Fall 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 566 . Or instructor’s consent. It is also recommended that students enroll in this class only after taking the core courses for MS in Computer Science.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective
Description: Theories and methods for automating and representing knowledge with an emphasis on learning from input/output data. The course covers a wide variety of approaches, including Supervised Learning, Neural Nets and Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Expert Systems, Bayesian Learning, Fuzzy Rules, Genetic Algorithms, and Swarm Intelligence. Each student focuses on two of these approaches and creates a term project. Laboratory course. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: MET CS 535 . Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston- Charles River Campus
Program: MS TC core, MS CIS elective
Description: The purpose of this course is to provide a solid foundation for the networking practitioner. While CS 535 introduces the basic networking concepts, this course provides the deep understanding that the practitioner who may be developing or evaluating network products needs to know. Consequently, this course does a much ‘deeper dive’ into the topics that tend to be the most counter-intuitive such as naming and addressing, synchronization, congestion management and routing. Naming and addressing is the least understood topic in networking and the most important. This topic is not covered in any current textbooks. The student will explore why the necessary and sufficient condition for synchronization for reliable data transfer is to bound 3 timers and independent of message exchanges. This is not at all obvious and has deep implications for protocols. To engineer networks, it is important to understand the degree to which the behavior of error and flow control protocols can be modified and to what purposes. Congestion management is the second least understood topic in networking. The course emphasizes congestion avoidance as opposed to congestion control and explores the impact in different environments. Routing is the third least understood topic in networking. This course is most concerned with its role in resource allocation but also that “routing protocols” are really distributed database protocols. In addition, the course will consider the interactions among these topics and the necessity of keeping the system effects in perspective. 4 credits.

Prerequisites:CS 579 or CS 669. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective
Description:
This course covers advanced aspects of database management systems including advanced normalization and denormalization, query optimization, object-oriented and object-relational databases, data warehousing, data mining, distributed databases, XML, XSL, and databases for web applications. There is extensive coverage of SQL and database instance tuning. Students learn about the advanced object-relational features in DBMS such as Oracle, including navigational query, BLOBs, abstract data types, and methods. Students learn about unstructured “big data” databases and gain hands-on experience with MongoDB and Spark, which are integrated into the course web site. 4 credits.
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CS779 B1_ Spring 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 580. Or instructor consent.
Delivery: Boston – Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS elective, MS CS elective
Description: This course presents the details of health care data and information, health care information systems (HCIS), and the management of information technology (IT) challenges. The first part of the course introduces health care data, information, regulations, laws, and standards related to health care information. The second part covers the history of HCISs, the technologies behind it, the details of HCIS acquisition, development, implementation and support, and HCIS standards and security issues. The last part starts with an introduction to the roles, responsibilities, and functions of the IT staff and services in health care environment, followed by topics on organizing IT services and staff, the development of IT strategic plans, and IT budgeting. A serial of case studies are used to demonstrate the application of the concepts and theories taught in the course. The course has a term project providing students a hands-on experience in HCIS design and research.  4 credits.
Syllabus: CS781_OL_Spring2016

Prerequisites: MET CS 682. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online, Blended
Program: MS CIS core
Description: This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven’t completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS782_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 682. Or Strategic IT experience. Or instructor’s consent.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus, Online
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course builds upon the strong technical foundation of our MSCIS and MSCS curricula, by providing students with the CIO-level management perspective and skills of an enterprise architect, in the context of the technologies that implement those architectures. Our Ross, Weil, and Robertson text provides much of the management content of the course, and the online and classroom content provide both management and technical skills. Students learn that enterprise architectures are best developed incrementally, by system development projects that are aligned with strategic goals and the enterprise architecture. The online content therefore includes many real enterprise system development case studies, showing how these enterprise systems contributed to and helped define the overall enterprise architecture. The course also includes a number of realistic enterprise architecture assignments and an incremental term project with components spanning the course, to provide students with hands on enterprise architecture experience. The course provides students with the understanding and skills needed to define and implement successful enterprise architectures that provide real value to organizations, such as substantially reducing IT costs while improving performance, agility and alignment of information technology to business goals. 4 credits.

Syllabus: CS783_Summer 2017

Prerequisites: MET CS 248. Or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: The course covers the main concepts and principles of cryptography with the main emphasis put on public key cryptography. 4 credits.
Syllabus: CS789_B1_Fall 2016

Prerequisites: MET CS 789 . Or instructor’s consent
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This course builds on the material covered in CS 789 Cryptography. It begins with the coverage of commutative rings, finite fields, rings of polynomials, and finding of the greatest common divisor in the ring of polynomials. Irreducible polynomials are discussed. Field extensions and fields Fp[x]/P are thoroughly covered. The main emphasis is put on elliptic curves over Fp and F2 and the ElGamal cipher on elliptic curves is presented. 4 credits.
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Prerequisites: Consent of advisor. Requires prior approval of student-initiated proposal.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: Independent study on special projects under faculty guidance. Variable credits.
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800 Level


Prerequisites: Consent of advisor.
Delivery: Boston-Charles River Campus
Program: MS CS elective, MS CIS elective, MS TC elective
Description: This thesis must be completed within 12 months. Students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Telecommunication may elect a thesis option. This option is available to candidates that have completed at least seven courses toward their and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty member with a doctorate. Permission must be obtained by the department. Variable credits.
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