STC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

STC assesses the student’s performance each week. Each week has 100 points. Since STC supports an asynchronous delivery model for student’s learning freedom regardless of location and time constraints, STC does not require either a proctored test or a final exam. Instead, STC emphasizes engagement to encourage student involvement and evaluation to measure learning: 

  1. Engagement (30%) 
    • Discussion – MP (5%)& CD (5%) 
    • Skill Practice assignment – HOS (20%) 
  2. Evaluation (70%) 
    • Quiz – KC (10%) 
    • Assignment – PE/VL (40%)
    • Team Project – TP (20%) 

A course consists of one module per week for ten (10) weeks. Each module has the following components.




Instructor Determined Assignments 



The Muddiest Point (MP) 

Discussion Board 


Concept Debates (CD) 

Discussion Board 


Knowledge Check (KC)  



Major Assessments 



Hands-On Skill (HOP)  



Programming Exercise (PE)  or Virtual Lab (VL) 




Team Project (TP)  

Group Team Project 





MS in Information Security (MSISE) in AY 2014 

MS in Cybersecurity (MSCY) since AY 2021 

It is hard to trace it. Instead, CityU uses the persistence – term over term data. For example, 

  1. 87.5% of students continue to study their MSCY degree programs in Summer 2023. 
  2. Compared to Summer 2022, it increases from 50% to 87.5%. 

Each master’s degree program has its own capstone course. Students can take the capstone in the final quarter of study except for elective courses. 

For example, visit CS687 Computer Science Capstone at 

Any students taking the capstone must present at the STC’s Applied Research Symposium in the final week (week 10). Check the examples at Applied Research Symposium (ARS) – Center for Cybersecurity Innovation ( 

Highly qualified capstone reports were published at conferences and/or journals. Some reports received awards. 

  1. Liu, Y. & Chung, S. A Serverless Real-Time Data Streaming Architecture for Synchronous Online Math Competition. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR). Volume 16, No. 1, March 2023. (Distinguished Paper Awards, top 5%)  
  2. Kim, T., Ju, A., Maeng, B., & Chung, S. (2022). A Predictive Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Maintenance Method: Using Low-Code and Cloud-Based Data Visualization. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR). Volume 16, No. 2, July 2023. (Meritorious Paper Awards, top 10%)  
  3. Ata, C. M., Chung, S., & Maeng, B. Optimizing a Convolutional Neural Network Binary Image Classifier via Mobile Devices: EZ Autism Screener. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR). Volume 16, No. 3, November 2023.  
  4. Wang, P., Yoon, H. J. S., & Chung, S. (2022). A Comparison of Internationalization and Localization Solutions for Web and Mobile Applications. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR). Volume 15, No. 2, July 2022.  
  1. Team project in each course – can be connected with their team members. 
  2. MS Teams in each course – can be connected with their classmates. 
  3. Student Clubs, Student Clubs – Center for Cybersecurity Innovation ( 
  4. Faculty research group, Faculty Research Groups – Center for Cybersecurity Innovation ( 
  5. Meetups – New Tech Northwest sponsored by CityU, New Tech Northwest 
  6. STC LinkedIn, School of Technology & Computing (STC)