Unformatted text preview: IAB / CISE curriculum discussion items
Tim Davis, [email protected]ﬂ.edu
November 2, 2001
We will be holding an informal discussion on the CISE curriculum during and after lunch
(about 1 to 2pm, Friday, Oct. 26, 2001). Here are some items we’d like IAB feedback on, with
details in the sections below and in the attachments.
1. draft of new Computer Engineering (CE) program objectives (based on IAB feedback)
2. College core for CE program
3. Digital Arts and Sciences program
4. Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Program (College of Business). 1 Proposed Computer Engineering Objectives
New wording is marked like this.
The objective of the program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer
Engineering is to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical background
in computer hardware and software, along with the engineering analysis, design, and
implementation skills necessary to work between the two. A computer engineer is
someone with the ability to design a complete computer system – from its circuits to
its operating system to the algorithms that run on it. Although it is valid to look at
software and hardware separately, a computer engineer must take a more holistic approach. If an electronic device is to be called a computer, it must produce mathematically meaningful results. Similarly, any useful theory of computing must be physically
realizable. The synthesis of theory and algorithms which must take place before any
useful computing can be achieved is the job of the computer engineer, and to produce
such engineers is the mission of this program.
Here is the breakdown of the above stated objectives, along with a ﬁfth objective regarding ethical, legal, and social issues:
A computer engineer will:
1. be adept at the fundamental theory and practice of computer science and electrical engineering, as it applies to computer hardware and software.
1 2. understand all the elements required to design a complete computer system (hardware and software).
3. understand the interaction between hardware and software.
4. have the analysis, design, and implementation and communication skills necessary to identify, understand, and solve problems using computer engineering
principles and techniques.
5. understand the ethical, legal, and social issues in the computing discipline, and
in engineering discipline in general.
Questions: any comments? changes? These will be considered for approval by the IAB later
in the afternoon. 2 College Core for Computer Engineering Program
The new College-wide core has been relaxed, but we haven’t taken advantage of the new changes
yet. We can drop Chemistry 2, and change from: ¯ Take 2 of 3: thermodynamics, statics/dynamics, materials.
to ¯ Take 1 of 6: thermodynamics, statics/dynamics, materials, engineering economy, environmental/biological engineering.
Questions: Do they need engineering breadth (and so should the core be kept)? Or can we
reduce the core? (the freed up credits could be used as technical electives). 3 Digital Arts and Sciences Program
Topics and current issues in this program will be discussed.
Background: The BS DAS student has a background in core computer science (similar to CE
and CS degrees), but with a strong focus in media (2D,3D,sound,virtual reality).
Goal: To help us better advise our DAS students, can you answer the following questions:
1. What areas within your company might employ a Digital Arts and Science (DAS) student
graduating with a BS in DAS?
2. What is approximate pay range for students graduating with a BS DAS degree if you answered positively to question 1?
3. Would you employ a DAS student for an internship in your company either in their Junior or
Senior Year, or during a summer? 2 4 Computer and Information Sciences (Business) Program
Following is an overview of recent changes in the CIS program (BS in Business Administration).
The purpose of the change were to (1) make a clear statement of objectives to better deﬁne the
program, and (2) equip the CIS student to better handle the computer sciences courses in the
program. Much of these changes were due to prior IAB feedback.
Questions: Any comments? Does this now meet industry needs better? Can we tune the
program to better prepare our students?
Computer and Information Sciences (BSBA) Program Objectives
The advent of computing and the use of information systems has had a profound impact on business processes in almost every industry in our economy. The objective
of the CIS program is to equip a student with the ability to apply the techniques and
strategies from computer science to solve problems in business. To achieve this objective, the curriculum includes the fundamentals of both computer science and business.
An ability to communicate with people in both domains is also essential. The CIS
student is equipped with with the “language” of both the technical aspects of computer
science, and the problem domain of business, and can thus bridge the gap between
practitioners in each discipline and work effectively on multi-disciplinary teams. He or
she can understand the business process at hand, can consider what type of computing
strategies can be brought to bear on the business problem, and can then use those
strategies to solve the problem. Similarly, a graduate of the program can consider the
business implications of alternative methods from computer science, and can apply
decision-making techniques for the efﬁcient and effective use of computing resources.
Ample free electives are included in the program, the purpose of which is to allow a
student to increase his or her depth and breadth of knowledge, to be better equipped to
solve problems in a wide range of domains.
Recent changes to CIS Business degree:
1. deﬁned objectives (above)
2. added CGS 2414 Java
3. added CEN 3031 Software Engineering
4. delete 6 credits CISE electives
5. allow CISE courses in free electives
6. survey calculus 1 and 2 replaced with regular calculus 1 and 2
7. overall changes, in credits: 3 general education
social and behav. sciences
CISE core old
28 business core
total 26 26
120 120 comments
replace survey calculus 1,2 with regular
free electives now 19 credits
deleted 6 cr. CISE electives,
added Java, Software Engineering
no change Recent comments from the College of Business regarding this program: For the general objectives of the BSBA-CIS program, recruiters need to be informed of the distinctions among the
programs (CE, BA, LAS). It is observed the CS knowledge and skill of the BA students in the CIS
program may be less adequate than what can be expected from students trained under a normal
computer science program. The problem surfaces during the vis-a-vis interview with the recruiters. 4 ...
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