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Department of Computer Science

Outcomes & Objectives

Program Objectives - Graduate & Undergraduate
ABET describes program objectives as: "broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation." ABET further states that these objectives are "based on the needs of the program's constituencies." The Computer Science department revised our program outcomes through a meeting with our Professional-Alumni Computer Advisory Council in 2018 and also from a 2019 survey. These revised four objectives apply to all concentrations in the BS in Computer Science, including the ABET accredited Software Development concentration.

Objective 1: Our graduates remain current in their chosen careers through lifelong learning.

Examples of activities/behaviors that satisfy this objective: Graduate School, Certifications, Seminars, Workshops, Continuing Education Courses, Research Activities.

Objective 2: Our graduates successfully use and apply new technologies.

Objective 3: Our graduates successfully advance in their careers through increasing levels of responsibility and technical complexity.

Objective 4: Our graduates are capable of communicating effectively with technical and non-technical groups/individuals.


Program Outcomes
ABET describes program outcomes as: "what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program." The faculty at LSUS have adopted the following Program Outcomes. 

All BS Degrees in the Department of Computer Science: 
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.  
(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.  
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.  
(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.  
(e) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.  
(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.  
(g) An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.  
(h) Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.  
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.  

ABET Accredited BS in Computer Science (Software Development):
(j1) 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.
(k1) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

All other concentrations in the BS in Computer Science (network security, information systems, animation & visual effects):
(j2) An understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment.
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