Certificate in Foundations of Applied Data Based Computing

Offered by:  Faculty of Computer Science

Coordinator: Dr.Raghav V. Sampangi (MACS Program Director), raghav@cs.dal.ca


This certificate recognizes a student’s ability to collaboratively develop and manage large-scale software

based on industry best practices, for data analysis in a cloud computing environment. The certificate also

recognizes the student's ability to communicate technical information from that analysis. It represents the

completion of the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) core courses as a steppingstone towards the completion of the full MACS



Following this certificate, students will expand on their base knowledge through their electives and,

depending on the student, through another MACS specialization certificate.

Students who complete the certificate will be prepared to:

1) Demonstrate competence in English with respect to technical communications, including report writing and oral presentations;

2)  Demonstrate competence in data management and analysis of both structured and unstructured data, specifically, new data base paradigms, data mining and data analytics in a cloud computing environment; and

3) Demonstrate competence in the programming, design and implementation of large-scale software systems on modern technology platforms.


Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

Students must be registered in the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) program to be eligible for this certificate.

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements (9 credit hours):

CSCI 5100.03

CSCI 5308.03

CSCI 5408.03

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of the MACS degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program. Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.