Program Design

Program Goals, Educational Objectives, and Outcomes

The B.S. in Computer Science program at UNC Greensboro is designed around sets of principles, that are broken down into Goals, Program Educational Objectives, and Program Outcomes. These principles have been developed by faculty based on standards of the discipline and accreditation practices, with input from industry, alumni, and students.

Goals (GL)

Computer Science (CS) program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) has been designed to produce Computer Science graduates who are both technically competent and sufficiently well grounded in theory that they can contribute to fundamental research in several areas in Computer Science. Our CS program together with the General Education Core and College of Arts and Sciences curriculum provides a vehicle to our students in achieving their goals. Our goals are focused on the concepts and principles of computer science and skills that are needed to be competent in any areas of computer science:

GL1. (Concepts) Teach students the fundamental topics in computer science and improve their evaluation and comprehension capabilities to solve problems;
GL2. (Principles) Train students to apply methods, concepts and theories in fundamental topics and improve their analysis and synthesis capabilities to solve problems;
GL3. (Skills) Impart students the necessary skills and broad knowledge to be competent in their profession and lifelong professional development.

Program Objectives (PJ)

Program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. Three to five years after graduation, alumni of the B.S. in Computer Science program will:

PJ1. have demonstrated their ability to identify, formulate, and solve challenging computer science problems, by making significant contributions to their Computer Science related fields;
PJ2. have worked effectively, both as a member and a leader, in team settings within their Computer Science related fields;
PJ3. have demonstrated ethical professionalism in their work, exhibiting acknowledgement of and consideration for society, regulations, and constituent needs;
PJ4. have communicated their ideas effectively to a variety of audiences and constituents;
PJ5. have demonstrated a continual, vigorous interest in new technologies, tools and methodologies to remain at the leading edge of computer science practice, both for innovative reasons and for professional development and advancement.

Program Outcomes (PO)

Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and do by the time of graduation. The UNCG B.S. in Computer Science program enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:

(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;
(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 tradeoffs involved in design choices;
(k) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.