Crafting a Foundation for Computing Majors

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This paper describes and evaluates a sophomore level survey course in the computing disciplines of computer science and information technology. This course is novel among ABET accredited computer science and information technology programs in the breadth of topics covered and that it serves as a common foundation to both computing disciplines. In addition, students are introduced to advanced computing topics that they may later choose to pursue further in upper-level electives. This paper discusses the motivation of a course for both programs and concludes with the results, challenges, and opportunities for future iterations. This single computing survey course helps students to ensure they selected the correct major early in their academic career. Additionally, it introduces advanced computing topics that students may choose later to pursue in electives.
Computing education, Computing education programs
David P. Harvie, Tanya T. Estes, and Michael J. Kranch. 2018. Crafting a Foundation for Computing Majors. In Proceedings of the 19th Annual SIG Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 13–17.