The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in computer science at the University of Idaho is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).
As an accredited program we are guided by a set of Program Educational Objectives and a set of Student Outcomes that frame the course offerings and curriculum requirements.
Program Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies.
The following are proposed Program Educational Objectives, based on the University Learning Outcomes, input from faculty and students, review by the University Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Office, and review by the Computer Science Advisory Board.
- Learn and Integrate
Graduates of the program will be proficient in identifying, formulating, and solving computing problems by applying their knowledge of mathematics, computer science, and scientific method. They will be aware of the role of computing in multiple disciplines.
- Think and Create
Graduates of the program will be capable of specifying the requirements of a computing system. They will be capable of modeling, designing, implementing and verifying a computing system to meet specified requirements while considering real-world constraints.
Graduates of the program will be capable of communicating effectively with team members, constituents, and the public.
- Clarify Purpose and Perspective
Graduates of the program will be aware of the benefits of developing their understanding and professional capabilities through lifelong learning.
- Practice citizenship
Graduates of the program will have knowledge of professional and ethical responsibility and will contribute to society through active engagement with professional societies, schools, civic organizations or other community activities.
The program must enable students to attain the following outcomes by the time of graduation:
- (a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and 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.
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Further information in regards to ABET can be found on the Computer Science Wiki.