Program Objectives & Learning Outcomes
Objectives (revised Spring 2013)
Within three to five years after graduation, our typical alumni will:
- Advance beyond initial entry-level positions as computing professionals or have made significant progress toward a graduate degree in computing.
- Use the background they have acquired in a wide range of areas in computer science during their undergraduate study as a basis for continued growth of their professional knowledge and skills.
- Use teamwork skills effectively in the development of complex software systems
- Use communication skills to advantage within the organizational structure of workplaces that are becoming increasingly diverse and interconnected among different groups including, but not necessarily limited to, those groups based on racial, gender, age, and religious backgrounds.
- Demonstrate strong professional ethics in all of their computing endeavors.
General outcomes that guide the specific learning outcomes for individual courses.
Students graduating with a degree in computer science with the computer science emphasis will have:
- Outcome A: An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
- Outcome B: An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
- Outcome C: An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component or program to meet desired needs
- Outcome D: An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
- Outcome E: An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
- Outcome F: An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- Outcome G: An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society
- Outcome H: Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
- Outcome I: An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
- Outcome J: An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-offs involved in design choices
- Outcome K: An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity