Computer Science Department
College of Sciences & Mathematics

Master of Science Assessment

University Program Goal Categories
Related to the WCU Building on Excellence Themes
M.S. Computer Science - Specific Program Goals
Listed for each WCU Program Goal

1. Academics
  1. Promote the teacher/scholar model.
  2. Continue to advise students, especially those from groups currently under-represented in the profession, about the enormous return on the educational investment computer science offers in terms of income, satisfaction, and job flexibility, growth and portability, which, in today's environment, is unmatched by other professions.
2. Enrichment
  1. Hire new faculty members with expertise in areas in which we need to offer courses but are currently understaffed.
  2. Maintain up-to-date curricula as an on-going affair.
  3. Continue to enhance our technology base and to integrate it into the learning environment.
3. Sustainability: N/A
4. Diversity
  1. Communicate directly with the career counselors at area colleges to make them aware of our graduate program, especially our prerequisite program, excellent candidates for which are to be drawn from those recent graduates of other disciplines who are uncertain as to which career avenue to pursue.
  2. Take advantage of the University's resources to advertise our graduate program, but especially our graduate prerequisite program.
5. Engagement
  1. Promote the professional growth of faculty, including interactions with computer science professionals in academia, industry and research, to enhance our knowledge of the discipline and the future directions in which it is likely to be headed so that the undergraduate program can be kept current.

M.S. Computer Science Assessment

Intended Student-Learning Outcomes or Objectives
  1. Students demonstrate an ability to identify computing requirements.
  2. Students demonstrate an ability to understand professional ethical and social issues and responsibilities.
  3. Students demonstrate an ability to use current techniques and skills necessary for computing practices.
  4. Students demonstrate an ability to design and develop software systems of varying complexity.

Program Education Objectives

  1. Preparation for Career or Additional Graduate School:
    Upon graduation, students will be well prepared to enter a career.
  2. Research Skills:
    Selected Computer Science graduate students will be able to apply their course learnings to research leading either to a Ph.D. program or to begin a research career in an industrial setting.
  3. State of the Art Training:
    All Computer Science majors will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest, cutting-edge technology.

Mappings

  1. Preparation for Career or Additional Graduate School.
    Link: M.S. Computer Science - Specific Program Goals 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 5A
    1. Students demonstrate an ability to identify computing requirements.
    2. Students demonstrate an ability to understand professional ethical and social issues and responsibilities.
    3. Students demonstrate an ability to use current techniques and skills necessary for computing practices.
    4. Students demonstrate an ability to design and develop software systems of varying complexity.
  2. Research Skills.
    Link: M.S. Computer Science - Specific Program Goals 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C
    1. Students demonstrate an ability to identify computing requirements.
  3. State of the Art Training.
    Link: M.S. Computer Science - Specific Program Goals 1A, 2A, 2B, 2C
    1. Students demonstrate an ability to use current techniques and skills necessary for computing practices.