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Undergraduate Program 

The five year undergraduate program leads to the Diploma of Engineering in Computer Engineering and Informatics. Upon receiving this degree, students are entitled to sit for professional examinations in order to become Registered Engineers with the Technical Chamber of Greece. The program is designed so that, by the time of graduation, CEID's students would have followed a balanced combination of General, Core and Elective courses and that they have written a substantial Diploma Thesis. The Department also has a Postgraduate Program of Study that awards postgraduate degrees, including the Ph.D.


Program of Study  

Since its founding, the Department's curriculum has been regularly revised in order to account for new developments in the rapidly expanding areas of Computer Engineering and Informatics. The current programs of study reflect the most recent major revision. 

The new undergraduate program is designed to take into consideration a multitude of issues, including the following: 

  • Current developments and research trends in the areas of Informatics - Computer Science and Computer Engineering. 

  • The most recent curriculum recommendations from IEEE and ACM, related studies as well as existing programs of study at academic departments recognized for their excellence in Computer Science and Engineering. 

  • The expanding needs of all sectors of the economy in information technologies. 


Duration of Studies 

The academic year starts in late August and ends in early July. Each academic year is organized in two semesters/sessions, Winter and Spring. The five year undergraduate program consists of 10 semesters of study. Each semester/session consists of 13 weeks of regular instruction and 2 weeks of examinations. The Annual Academic Calendar containing the precise dates of instruction and examinations is set by the University Senate. 


Curriculum   

The undergraduate curriculum consists of the following components: 

  • General Education and Core courses 

  • Electives: Courses in this category are further classified as Core Electives or Electives; 

  • Diploma thesis (written). 

To assure breadth, students must complete all Core courses as well as 6 Core Electives equidistributed between the three Divisions. In addition, students are free to choose at least 13 courses among the remaining Electives according to their individual interests. Students that wish to pursue a particular area can structure their program by taking the appropriate courses (among any of the Electives), as well as by means of the written Diploma thesis. On the other hand, students can also continue with a balanced program where all three basic divisions are represented. 

Some aspects of the program are still under development, in particular the establishment of an effective program for undergraduate advising. 

The official language of undergraduate instruction is Greek. Nevertheless, it is common for much of the recommended material to be in English. Students are expected to become proficient in English and technical terminology; the course timetable provides time for two such courses that are to be taken during the first year and are taught by instructors from the University's Foreign Languages Laboratory. 


Graduation Requirements 

Overall, by the time of their graduation all students of this Department must have accomplished at least: 

  • All Core and General Education courses; 

  • Six Core Electives, two from each Division; 

  • Thirteen additional (Core or not) Electives; 

  • Written Diploma thesis. 

The Diploma of Computer Engineering and Informatics is awarded to students who have successfully completed all of the above degree requirements. 


Diploma Project and Thesis  

One of the requirements for the successful accomplishment of the Diploma is a Thesis, consisting of a report on a Diploma Project that students undertake during the fifth year of their studies. The project is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Currently, most of the work is accomplished during the last (10th) semester. The project and resulting thesis provide students the opportunity for students to enrich and deepen their understanding of the area and to put this knowledge into action. Many of theses are of a research nature and lead to publishable results that are presented in national or international conferences and in some cases to academic journals. They also provide the context for students to learn the first steps of doing research and position them for further postgraduate study. Other theses help enlarge the students' understanding of the role of information technology in industry and the economy. Depending on its projected size and overall complexity, each project is undertaken by students individually or in small teams. In the latter case, however, grading is based on specific contributions of each member of the team. The project and report are evaluated and graded by a three-person committee headed by the supervising faculty member. The written report is archived in the departmental library.


Grading 

Students are graded on a scale from 0 to 10 for each of the courses that they undertake. The minimum passing grade is 5. After each successful year, a yearly Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated. The final GPA is computed and recorded on her/his file upon successful completion of all requirements for the degree. Upon successful termination, the final GPA is classified as follows: a) [5-6.5): Good; b) [6.5-8.5): Very Good; c) [8.5-10]: Excellent.

 
   
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