Postgraduate Studies

Ph.D Computer Science

PHILOSOPHY

The programmes in the department are based on the philosophy that the rate of technological development of a nation depends to a great extent on the size, quality, motivation and orientation of its science and engineering workforce. It is clear that the computer is playing a major role in technological advancement of any nation in this millennium and this will depend largely on the quality and quantity of electronic and computer scientists.

OBJECTIVES

·  Further development of the inquisitiveness of students through training and research in an atmosphere of intellectual independence and individual creativity combined with strong sense of group participation.

·  Advancement of scientific knowledge in the area of computer science.

·  The programme, apart from the traditional goal of training manpower for national development, is also targeted at training Adventist Faculty. This is expected to reduce the dependence of the institution on Non-Adventists highly skilled faculty for her undergraduate programmes and to facilitate the speedy realization of her educational goals.

·  To effectively prepare a generation of men and women for the challenges in the contemporary global competition driven largely by Information Technology

·  To equip graduates of the programme with necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed for hardware and software research and development.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT TO THE PROGRAMME

Candidates seeking admission into the PhD programme in Computer Science are required to have a master’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology related subject, and therein they would have obtained at least 4.0 on a 5.0 – point scale or an average of 60% score. Candidates must submit official transcript as evidence of this.

Candidates with a CGPA of 3.50 to 3.99 on a point scale of 5.0 or 55% – 55% in their master’s degree may be admitted under conditional status (provisional) to the PhD programme, provided that they successfully complete a minimum of 16 additional credits in Master’s – level coursework in Computer Science of Babcock University and pass with a minimum of 60% average score or CGPA of 4.0/5.0 prior to the commencing of any coursework in the PhD in Computer Science programme.

POLICIES GOVERNING ADMISSION TO A PHD PROGRAMME

a.  Regular admission to a PhD programme may be granted when the applicant presents a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology related course from a recognised university and all other admission requirements including a Bachelor’s

b.  Degree in Computer Science or Information Technology related course with at least a second class lower division with a CGPA of 3.0/5.0, at least five credits including English and Mathematics at GCE ordinary level, and a student’s demonstration of intellectual capacity and maturity etc.

c. Provisional admission to a PhD programme may be granted when the applicant brings a master’s degree from a recognized university with a CGPA of 3.5 to 3.99. The candidate must however complete a minimum of 16 credits at MSc level course-work in Computer Science of Babcock University and pass with a minimum of 60% average score or 4.0/5.0 CGPA before commencing any course-work in the Ph.D Computer Science Program.

Note

A student who has started the PhD programme in another university may transfer earned credits to a Babcock University PhD programme in Computer Science in strict compliance with the CPGS policies on transfer of credits. The Department reserves the right upon approval of the CPGS to offer or deny admission to prospective applicants based on existing faculty and staff needs, budgetary considerations, strategic needs/plans, etc.

 

Curriculum for the PhD Programme

 

 

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

Course Code

Course Title

1st
Sem

2nd
Sem

1st
Sem

2nd
Sem

1st
Sem

2nd
Sem

 

General Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEDS 901

Personal and Family wholeness

2

 

 

 

 

 

GEDS 902

Advanced Statistics

 

2

 

 

 

 

GEDS 911

Research Proposal and Writing

2

 

 

 

 

 

GEDS 912

Advanced Research Design

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

CORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSC 901

Survey of Recent Development in IT Industry

3

 

 

 

 

 

COSC 911

Theory & Formal Models of Computation

3

 

 

 

 

 

COSC 914

Ethical Issues in Computing Science

 

3

 

 

 

 

COSC 921

Advanced Computer Architecture

 

 

3

 

 

 

COSC 912

Advanced Design & Analysis of Algorithm

 

3

 

 

 

 

COSC 922

Advanced Research Methods in Computer Science

 

3

 

 

 

 

COSC 903

Research Seminar 1

 

 

4

 

 

 

COSC 904

Research Seminar 2

 

 

 

4

 

 

COSC 990

Thesis

 

 

4

4

4

4

 

ELECTIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSC 931

Advanced Database System

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

COSC 943

Advanced Wireless Communication Systems

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

COSC 933

Advanced Computer Networking

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

COSC 981

Advanced IT Project Management

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total  56

13

13

14

8

4

4

NOTES:

  1. Students are to select at least one (1) elective course in the first and third semesters in the PhD programme.
  2. The Research Seminar topics in the second year are to be taken from the candidates’ specialization area and should be directed towards the candidates’ final research (thesis).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To complete the PhD Computer Science Programme, a candidate must take and pass a minimum of 56 credits of coursework and research work:

Coursework                            =   40 credits
Thesis                                     =   16 credits
Total                                       =   56 credits

SPECIAL NOTE:
Students are to submit at least two (2) of their publications (at least one in an International Journal or peer-reviewed conference) relevant to their areas of PhD research prior to the final defence of their PhD thesis.

Biblical World-view to PhD Research
The PhD thesis of students must include a chapter or section devoted to the biblical worldview or moral implication of the topic under investigation.