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PROGRAMME GUIDE FOR MASTER OF COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (MCA) SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY MAIDAN GARHI, NEW DELHI - 110 068 CONTENTS 1. Message from the MCA Programme Coordinator Basic Information 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 MCA Programme Objectives Duration of the Programme Medium of Instruction Credit System MCA Programme Structure Recognition Completion of CS-60 Associate Studentship Scheme Student Support
    PROGRAMME GUIDE FORMASTER OF COMPUTER APPLICATIONS(MCA) SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES INDIRA   GANDHI   NATIONAL   OPEN   UNIVERSITY MAIDAN   GARHI,   NEW   DELHI   -   110   068  Page No.CONTENTS Message from the MCA Programme Coordinator 3  1. Basic Information 4   1.1 MCA Programme Objectives 41.2 Duration of the Programme 41.3 Medium of Instruction 41.4 Credit System 41.5 MCA Programme Structure 51.6 Recognition 51.7 Completion of CS-60 61.8 Associate Studentship Scheme 61.9 Student Support Services 61.10 Newsletter 61.11 How to contact the MCA Programme Coordinator 7 2 . Instructional System 8   2.1 Print Material 82.2 AudioVideo Material and CDs 82.3 Counselling Sessions 92.4 Web Based Support 26 3. Browsing IGNOU’s Website 26   3.1 Navigation from Home Page 273.2 Navigation from SOCIS Page 283.3 Procedure to Browse Through MCA pages 29  4. MCA Syllabus 30  5. Evaluation Scheme 73   5.1 Assignments and Term – End Examination 735.2 Guidelines for Mini Project (MCS-044) 765.3 Instructions for Assignments 775.4 Guidelines Regarding the Submission of Assignments 785.5 General Guidelines Regarding the Term-End Examination 79 6. Other Useful Information 83   6.1 Reservation of Seats 836.2 Scholarships and Reimbursement of Fee 836.3 Change / Correction of Address 836.4 Change of Regional centre and Study Centre 836.5 Disputes on Admission and Other University Matters 83   7. Some Useful Addresses 84   8. Model Question Papers 85  9. Forms and Enclosures 103   ã    Assignments Remittance-Cum-Acknowledgement Card (Form No.1) ã    Non receipt of Study Material(s )/ Assignment(s) (Form No.2) ã    Application Form for obtaining Duplicate Grade Card / Mark-sheet (Form No.3) ã   Change of Address / Study Centre (Form No. 4) ã    Re-Registration Form for MCA (Form No. 5)   ã    Re-evaluation of Answer script (Form No.6)   ã    Re-admission form for MCA programme (Form No.7)   ã    Application form for improvement in Division/Class (Form No.8)   ã    Application Form for obtaining photocopy of the answer script (Form No.9) ã    Application/Registration form for appearing Term End Examination (Form 10) ã    Application form for early declaration of result or Term-End Examination (Form 11) ã    Application form for issue of Official Transcript (Form 12) 2  MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR Dear student,Welcome to the family of distance learners and IGNOU’s Master of Computer ApplicationsProgramme. It is a 3-year programme during which you will study a wide range of topics incomputer science and applications. You will receive support from IGNOU through the regionalcentre, study centre to which you will be allotted and also from IGNOU’s website. We expect youto be directly in contact with us and your peers through the Internet also, at the email address given below.Along with this Programme Guide, you would have received the entire course material and theassignments booklet for the first semester. This consists of 7 courses: MCS-011, MCS-012, MCS-013, MCS-014, MCS-015, MCSL-016 and MCSL-017. Each course contains only one assignment  that will be assessed by a counsellor at your study centre. All these assignments are to be submittedat your study centre within the stipulated time mentioned against last date of submission.At your study centre you will be able to avail the counselling for all the courses. You need to have aminimum of 70% attendance for practical counselling sessions to be eligible for appearing for theTerm-end Practical Examinations. Also must submit the assignments of any course before the duedate to be eligible to appear for the related Term-end Examinations.It is to be noted that the payments that are mentioned in various proformas/formats are as on dateand may be subject to revision from time to time. You are advised to keep checking with thewebsite/study centre/regional centre for any revision/modification. Some useful forms andformats are also given at the end of this booklet. You may use the photocopies of them. The programme guide, forms and formats are also available on the website.   Please confirm the feeswith the Regional Centre / Study Centre / website before you pay.In case a student needs the assignments, s/he can obtain a copy of the same from the Study centreor Regional centre or may download them from the IGNOU’s website with a distance learner, you may have several queries. Many of them would be answered in this booklet. This booklet is a very important guide for you. Read it and preserve it until, yousuccessfully complete the MCA programme. This Programme Guide contains all the informationand forms related to the MCA programme. However, during your studies, if you have anyfeedback, suggestions and comments to make, please write to us immediately.Learners are advised to be in touch with their Study centres for advice / timely / day-to-dayinformation or visit the website with URL . I wish you all the success in pursuing the MCA programme. DR. NAVEEN KUMARMCA Programme 3  4 1. BASIC INFORMATION 1.1   MCA Programme Objectives The broad objective of the MCA programme is to prepare graduate students for productive careersin software industry and academia by providing an outstanding environment for teaching andresearch in the core and emerging areas of the discipline. The programme’s thrust is on giving thestudents a thorough and sound background in theoretical and application-oriented courses relevantto the latest computer software development. The programme emphasizes the application of software technology to solve mathematical, computing, communications / networking andcommercial problems.This Master’s Degree Programme has been designed with a semester approach in mind. The firstyear courses are aimed at skills development in computers using various technologies, the secondyear is more focused on core courses providing conceptual framework and the third year providesthe specialisation and the project work. 1.2   Duration of the Programme(Minimum - 3 Years, Maximum - 6 Years) To fulfil the requirements for acquiring the MCA, a student may clear all the courses in a minimumof three years and a maximum of 6 years. In case the student is unable to pass all the courses of theMCA programme in 6 years, s/he can continue for another two years by seeking Re-admission tothe courses which s/he is unable to successfully complete. For the re-admission rules and payingthe requisite fee, you may contact the Regional Centre for further information. But, you are advisedto pass all the courses successfully in 3 years . 1.3 Medium of Instruction The medium of instruction is only in English. The course material is also in English. 1.4   Credit System The University follows the ‘Credit System’ for its programmes. Each credit is worth 30 hours of student study time, comprising all the learning activities. Thus, a four-credit course involves 120study hours. This helps the student to understand the academic effort one has to put intosuccessfully complete a course. Completion of the programme requires successful completionof both assignments and the Term End Examination of each course in the programme.1.5 MCA Programme Structure The programme has been divided into two semesters per year (January to June and July toDecember). Consequently, there will be two examinations every year - one in the month of Junefor the January to June semester courses and the other in December for the July to December semester courses. The students are at liberty to appear for any of the examinations scheduleconducted by the University during the year subject to completing the minimum time framework other formalities prescribed for the programme.
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