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Two new Master’s programs connecting U of R students to Computer Science careers

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: June 22, 2021 5:00 a.m.

As the computing industry changes, University of Regina Department of Computer Science is quick to respond. They’re soon offering two new Master’s programs for computer scientists: Data Science, and Human-Centred Computing.
As the computing industry changes, University of Regina Department of Computer Science is quick to respond. They’re soon offering two new Master’s programs for computer scientists: Data Science, and Human-Centred Computing. Photos: stock

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina is about to welcome the first cohort of students in one of two new professionally focused Computer Science Master's degree programs; one in Data Science and the other in Human Centred Computing. 

Both fields show an incredible amount of promise for new grads entering the workforce, and give existing professionals a chance to upgrade their skills to get into a new area of computing. While the Department of Computer Science has had a popular course-based Master’s degree for many years, it is being replaced with these new programs that are specifically focused on topics that leverage the strengths of their Faculty, and address the needs of the computing industry.

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Dr. Orland Hoeber, Professor and Associate Head (Graduate) for the Department of Computer Science, has overseen the creation and administration of these new programs. 

“Both programs have been created to follow a carefully considered academic curriculum, which starts with fundamental and foundational courses, progresses into topically-relevant courses, and concludes with a seminar and capstone project course,” said Hoeber. “The structure of the program provides a clear path to success and completion of the program,” he added. 

To give students maximum flexibility at the start of their studies, both programs will offer the courses required in the first semester online. The programs are designed to give students insight into novel areas of Computer Science before returning to the workforce with a whole new set of skills.

 

Data Science Program 

Students enrolled in the Data Science program will learn about the importance of data-focused programming, along with foundational concepts about the data science lifecycle, statistics, and machine learning. Advanced topics related to applied machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing, and methods for communicating about data science projects will be covered. The program will conclude with a professionally-focused seminar series and a capstone project. 

The first cohort of students has already been accepted to the Data Science program and will begin their studies in September 2021. 

The application deadline for the second cohort of students is March 15, 2022, with classes starting for that group in September 2022

Human-Centred Computing Program 

Students in the Human-Centred Computing program will learn about the theories and principles of human-computer interaction, methods for the design and implementation of software interfaces, and techniques for evaluating such software with human subjects. Advanced topics related to computer graphics, animation, mobile computing, virtual and augmented reality, and information visualization will be covered. The program will conclude with a professionally-focused seminar series and a capstone project. 

Applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort of students in the Human Centred Computing program, with an application deadline of July 15, 2021 and starting their studies in January, 2022. 

Offering these programs with one cohort of students per year will allow the students in each cohort to build a community and support group. Students will have the same classmates in each course throughout the five-semester (20-month) program, learning together, solving problems together, and working on projects together. These benefits will be realized for both domestic and international students. 

“The capstone project undertaken in the final semesters of these programs will give students an opportunity to put into practice all they have learned in the previous four semester, and will provide them with a tangible outcome of their learning that can be used to show future employers their skills and abilities,” said Hoeber. “The Faculty of Science and Department of Computer Science are eager to see what the students create during their time here,” he said.

To find out more about these exciting programs and new fields of computing, check out: https://www.uregina.ca/science/cs/graduate/