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C++ PROGRAMMING FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

Seventh Sense Software will be initiating an intensive one year course entitled "C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers", starting in February 2009. The course is intended for those with strong mathematical ability and previous programming knowledge who have a serious desire to become world-class programmers.

Admission to the program will be based upon a combination of the personal background of the applicant and results obtained in the entrance examination to be held in January 2009.

The course has been designed and structured by Dr Sabbir Rahman (BA Hons Oxford, PhD MIT) and will be pitched roughly at the level of Part I of Cambridge University's Mathematics with Computation Honours degree.

It is intended that graduates of the program should emerge as the top scientific programmers in the country, with sufficient preparation, ability and confidence to enter into employment or perform advanced research in computer science whether that be in Bangladesh or abroad.

The year-long course will be spread over three three-month semesters with the following proposed structure (exact dates to be finalised):


1st Semester (February - May):

Computer Science courses:

CS1A) C++ Programming (6 weeks, 18 lectures)
CS1B) Visual C++ Programming (6 weeks, 18 lectures)
CS1L) Computing Laboratory (12 weeks, two labs per week)

Mathematics courses:

M1A) Vector Calculus (12 weeks, 36 lectures)
M1B) Linear Algebra & Geometry (12 weeks, 24 lectures)
M1T) Tutorials (12 weeks, two tutorials per week)


2nd Semester (June - September):

Computer Science courses:

CS2A) Computer Graphics (8 weeks, 24 lectures)
CS2B) Image Processing (4 weeks, 12 lectures)
CS2L) Computing Laboratory (12 weeks, two labs per week)

Mathematics courses:

M2A) Ordinary & Partial Differential Equations (8 weeks, 24 lectures)
M2B) Numerical Methods & Optimisation (8 weeks, 16 lectures)
M2C) Multivariate Statistics & Pattern Recognition (4 weeks, 20
lectures)
M2T) Tutorials (12 weeks, two tutorials per week)

3rd Semester (October - January):

Computer Science courses:

CS3A) Speech Recognition (12 weeks, 36 lectures)
CS3L) Computing Laboratory (12 weeks, two labs per week)

Mathematics courses:

M3A) Complex Variables (8 weeks, 24 lectures)
M3B) Fourier Analysis & Laplace Transforms (8 weeks, 16 lectures)
M3C) Mathematics Revision (4 weeks, 20 lectures)
M3T) Tutorials (12 weeks, two tutorials per week)


There will be weekly homeworks for each mathematics course, and weekly assignments for the programming courses (which will typically be related to the subject matter of the mathematics courses). The two weekly tutorials will give each student an opportunity to discuss homeworks and assignments with teachers on a personal basis, and to aim to ensure that all concepts have been throughly understood.

At the end of each semester will be an end-of-term examination covering the mathematics courses taught that semester. Students must pass these exams to progress to the next semester.

Overall results will be based upon a combination of performance in computer labs and results of final examinations to be held in December/January 2004. The final examinations will cover all mathematics courses taken throughout the year. Overall grades will be accorded as follows:

1 First class
2:1 Upper second class
2:2 Lower second class
3 Third class
P Pass
F Fail

All examinations will be designed to test the ability of the students to apply the concepts they have learnt. Students relying solely on memorisation of class notes are unlikely to do well in the examinations.

Classes will be offered 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, according to the following schedule:

2pm/6pm
3:30pm/7pm
Sunday
CS
Math1
Monday
Math2
CS Lab + Tutorials
Tuesday
CS
Math1
Wednesday
Math2
CS Lab + Tutorials
Thursday
CS
Math1
Friday
(Makeup classes)
(Makeup classes)
Saturday
(Makeup classes)
(Makeup classes)

with makeup classes on weekends in the event of holidays, etc. If there is sufficient demand, classes will be held regularly on Friday and/or Saturday in exchange for other days. It is hoped that classes will be offered in two batches - one batch in the afternoons and one batch in the evening (exact times may vary from the above according to season).

The courses above are recommended for graduates and exisiting students of computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering disciplines with some programming knowledge. Students who have taken their HSC examinations and have an exceptionally strong mathematical background are also welcome to apply.

Course fees are expected to be Tk 5,000 for admission plus Tk 15,000 per semester (i.e. a total of Tk 50,000 for the year) with scholarships for exceptional and needy candidates.

For more information, interested parties should contact info@seventh-sense-software.com.