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  • Academic Title
    Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
  • Course description
    Group A subjects (foundation studies) consists of subjects that bring students up-to-date with advanced computer science concepts, techniques and tools.

    Group B subjects offer advanced study in distributed computing technologies and its applications, and includes a number of new and existing subjects. MEDC students should study at least four subjects from subgroup B2 in addition to the compulsory subject from subgroup B1 (433-652).

    Group C subjects offer an opportunity for students to carry out a solid practice-oriented or research-oriented project in distributed computing. Selection of projects will be on an individual or team basis, depending on student background and availability of supervision.

    With permission from the Program Director, subjects in Group A and B may be substituted by other suitable studies.

        * Entry Level 1: 4 subjects from Group A, 10 subjects from Group B and 1 subject from Group C
        * Entry Level 2: 10 subjects from Group B and 1 subject from Group C
        * Entry Level 3: 6 subjects from Group B and 1 subject from Group C.

    GROUP A subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-351  Database Systems
    Topics covered include data models: relational, deductive, object-oriented, network, hierarchical, semantic; database design; relation normalisation; query languages including SQL; integrity; security; concurrency; query processing and optimisation; ...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-352  Data on the Web
    Topics covered include: web crawlers, text categorisation, data mining, document retrieval, information extraction, natural language processing and semi-structured data querying.     Semester 2     12.50

    433-520  Programming and Software Development
    Topics covered include algorithmic problem-solving; data types; program structures; objects and classes; data storage structures, and files. The programming will be undertaken in Java.     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    433-521  Algorithms and Complexity
    Topics covered include complexity classes and asymptotic notations; empirical analysis of algorithms; abstract data types including queues, trees, heaps and graphs; algorithmic techniques including brute force, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    433-522  Internet Technologies
    Topics covered include: Introduction to Internet, OSI reference model layers, protocols and services, data transmission basics, interface standards, network topologies, data link protocols, message routing, LANs, WAN, TCP/IP suite, detailed study of ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    GROUP B subjects

    B1: Core and Compulsory

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    433-652  Distributed Systems
    Topics covered include: introduction, principles and paradigms, design issues, communication, processes, naming, synchronization, consistency and replication, fault tolerance, and security issues in distributed systems and applications; distributed c...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    B2: Core and Recommended

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-620  Engineering for Internet Applications
    Topics covered include: Web software architectures; languages and standards for data and applications on the World Wide Web; protocols for data exchange, program invocation, self-description, and discovery that form a basis for Web Services. Technolo...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-653  Mobile Computing Systems Programming     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-654  Sensor Networks and Applications
    Topics covered include: Introduction to sensor networks, attributes of sensor networks, wired and wireless sensors, sensors and networks design and deployment issues, bandwidth and energy constraints aware techniques for network discovery, network co...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-655  Distributed Algorithms
    Topics covered include: synchronous and asynchronous network algorithms that address resource allocation, communication, consensus among distributed processes, distributed data structures, data consistency, deadlock detection, leader election, and gl...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-677  Networks & Parallel Processing
    The subject revises parallel architectures and computations with focus on network and communication complexity. A number of network programming techniques are covered. The subject introduces formal communication complexity and two models of parallel...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-678  Cluster and Grid Computing
    Parallel systems: parallel paradigms, parallelisation, resource management and scheduling, message-passing and parameter parallel programming; Cluster computing: cluster architecture, programming with MPI; Grid computing: grids and grid technologies...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-682  Software Agents
    What is an agent? Intentional agents and BDI architecture. Reactive agents and subsumption architecture. Emergent properties of agents. Believable agents. Agent languages: Agent-0, KQML, dMARS, etc. Agents extracting information from the World-Wide ...     Semester 1     12.50

    B3: Electives

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-621  Web Technologies and Applications
    Topics covered include: Web software architectures. Languages and standards for data on the World Wide Web: HTTP, XML, XSL, XQuery, XLink and XPath. The Semantic Web and RDF. Web mining and crawling.     Semester 1     12.50

    433-643  IT Project Management
    Project management issues including client management, management of technical teams; project planning, scheduling and estimation; risk management, configuration management, quality assurance and accreditation, and legal issues, software quality inc...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-645  Software System Security     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-646  Systems Requirements Engineering     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-661  High Performance Database Systems
    Successful companies and organisations rely on the effective and efficient manipulation of data. These include telecommunication companies, banking, retailing, airlines, manufacturing, process control and government instrumentalities. Many end-user a...     Semester 2     12.50

    433-684  Machine Learning     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    GROUP C subjects


    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    433-659  Distributed Computing Project
    The project involves both in-depth investigation of a relevant topic, related works, and development a significant and functional component of a distributed system and/or application. Each student selects a research and development project in consult...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

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