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Computer Science Program Objectives and Outcomes

Computer Science Program Objectives and Outcomes

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Computer Science degree at Southeast are broad statements that describe professional accomplishments that the Department of Computer Science is preparing their graduates to achieve during their career.

Specifically, the PEOs of the Computer Science program are defined as preparing students to become:

  1. Recognized by their peers and superiors for their technical skills in the computing field.
  2. Recognized by their peers and superiors for their professional skills in the computing field (e.g. communication, teamwork, leadership).
  3. Actively involved in local and regional professional service.
  4. Graduate students in computer science and related disciplines.
  5. Professionals actively engaged in activities which allow for the continuous development of their computing skills.

The student outcomes (SOs) of the Computer Science degree at Southeast are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. In other words, these relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the degree program.

Student Outcomes of the Computer Science Program

Upon graduation students will have:

  1. An ability to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  2. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.
  4. An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and produce deliverables.
  6. An ability to apply theory in the design and implementation of computer-based solutions.
  7. An ability to reason about and explain computer-based solutions at multiple levels of abstraction.
*ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. Proposed Changes to the Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs, Effective for Evaluations during the 2017-18 Accreditation Cycle, ABET, Inc., Baltimore MD.


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