Undergraduate Objectives & Outcomes
Program Educational Objectives
The Program Educational Objectives define future roles for which we are preparing our graduates. The major objectives for the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University are:
- Education and training: Graduates of the Computer Science Undergraduate Program will have the necessary technical knowledge, education, and skills both in breadth and depth, to practice computer science in an industrial environment and/or be ready to pursue a graduate program successfully or professional development successfully.
- Creativity and productivity: Graduates will be capable of conducting research on design and implementation methodologies toward the solution of challenging problems in computer science applications.
- Professional ethics: Graduates will receive the breadth of education necessary to integrate ethical behavior in the work environment and in any other professional activity they pursue.
- Teamwork discipline: Graduates of the Computer Science Program will develop the communication, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to function productively and professionally.
The Student Outcomes define the knowledge and skills that will be mastered by our graduates. B.S. in computer science graduates of Texas Tech University graduates attain the following educational outcomes:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
- An ability to use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice.
- 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.
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
The Department of Computer Science has adopted the above learning outcomes in preparation for the evaluation of our undergraduate program by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Computing Accreditation Commission in the near future.