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Educational Objectives

A. Mission Statement

B. Program Educational Objectives

Computer Information Systems: Within five years after completion of the program, students should be able to

  • Contribute to economic development and society through the application and management of computer information systems for business, government, service, and research.
  • Advance in their careers in organizations by using computer information systems skills and by understanding evolving business and technological issues.
  • Continue their professional development through advanced study and research.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities in their chosen career path.

Computer Science: Within five years after completion of the program, students should be able to

  • Contribute to technological innovation and society through the application of computer science to research, industry, and government.
  • Advance in their careers in organizations by using computer science theory and skills.
  • Continue their professional development through advanced study and research.
  • Exhibit leadership qualities in their chosen career path.

C. Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution

The educational objectives of the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs support the philosophy of the University's mission by recognizing that our graduates will have taken advantage of the educational opportunities and will be making contributions valued by the University, as expressed in its mission. These include elements of discovery and creative accomplishment as well as participation in professional, civic, social, cultural, and economic development needs of our region in the context of a global community.

D. Program Constituencies

The University of North Alabama is situated in northwest Alabama in the Shoals Metropolitan Area. UNA is within a triangle formed by the cities of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama and is about 130 miles from each. About 70 miles away is Huntsville, Alabama. Our student population is largely drawn from a 12 county service area within about 50 miles of campus and it is these students who are the core of our targeted student services objectives. Our student population consists of a large number of first generation college students, many who are employed either full-time or part-time. The programs in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems are designed to meet the needs of regional employers. These employers are among our key stakeholders. Employer categories include defense and space contractors, military and civilian government agencies, hospitals, manufacturing, professional and financial, and technology companies. Other key stakeholders include the students in our programs and our graduates. CSIS faculty and College and University administration also have a stake in our programs, in the success of each program, and in the success of our students.

E. Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were developed for Computer Science and revised for Computer Information Systems as part of the complete program review conducted during the 2012-2013 academic year. A separate annual reporting structure for Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) review has been established. This involves three components of review:

  1. At the annual Spring Technology Seminar event, students, faculty, and Industrial Advisory Board members are asked to review the program educational objectives and give input through a survey and a panel discussion. Minutes of the panel discussion and results of the survey are recorded and archived on the UNA Portal CSIS Department Group Page in a separate folder. That folder has been established and records of previous reviews have been assembled there for reference by future leadership teams. The next scheduled Spring Technology Seminar date is March 13, 2014.
  2. After the annual Spring Technology Seminar, the faculty review the findings from the Spring Technology Seminar and review the College of Business and University Mission Statements and Goals as well as the ABET CAC Accreditation Criteria. This review is scheduled for the final faculty meeting of each spring semester, usually the last week of April. After discussion of the relationship of the PEOs to the mission statement and goals and after considering current state of the discipline, the job market, and student needs, any needed adjustments are made in the PEO statements.
  3. The resulting PEO statements are posted to the Departmental website for public inspection along with contact information for making inquiries and suggestions. All suggestions and inquiries are assembled for the next review cycle and incorporated at that time. These items are archived in the UNA Portal CSIS Department Group Page.

F. Comments, Suggestions, and Inquiries

Comments, suggestions, and inquiries should be emailed to csis@una.edu. An immediate response will be given and the information will be formally considered in the spring semester as described above.