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Department Mission Statement

The IIT Department of Computer Science will be an exciting place to perform high-impact research and to learn about the latest developments in the constantly developing field of Computer Science. The department will ensure that students graduate knowing the fundamentals of Computer Science. We will be an excellent department as measured by the:

Department Objectives

We will achieve these goals by:

Faculty members should:

Objectives for the BS in Computer Science Program

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program has been offered at IIT since 1971. Our goal has been and continues to be a high quality degree program that ensures that students will be able to integrate theory and practice, recognize the importance of abstraction and appreciate the value of efficient design created to meet clearly developed requirements. The program is intended to prepare students for lifelong learning as they undertake professional careers in computing.

Students will be able to solve problems using algorithms and techniques. They will have sufficient understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Computer Science such that learning a new programming language, operating system, or information system will be viewed as a routine matter — something that can be done in 2 – 3 days. Additionally, students will graduate with the ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Students will graduate with the ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary environment. Finally, students will graduate with an understanding of the context of their skills within a broader academic and applied environment.

Specifically, the core objectives are to ensure that students graduate with:

  1. Robust problem-solving skills.
  2. Substantial knowledge of a broad class of problem-solving techniques (e.g.; this includes Algorithms, heuristics, and design techniques).
  3. Substantial understanding of the fundamentals of Computer Science.
  4. Ability to clearly communicate technical concepts both orally and in writing.
  5. Ability to readily work with other disciplines.
  6. Appropriate, occasional innovation of our curriculum so it incorporates ever-changing Computer Science technology.

Expected Outcomes for the BS in Computer Science Program

The department concurs with the all of the outcomes suggested in the ABET criteria.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  8. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, continuing professional development.
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practices..
  10. 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.
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity..
  12. Be prepared to enter a top-ranked graduate program in Computer Science.

Objectives for the BS in Computer Information Systems Program

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program emphasizes the use of computers as sophisticated problem-solving tools. In addition to the Department Objectives, our goal has been and continues to be to offer a high-quality degree program that produces computer information systems graduates students who are prepared to:

Expected Outcomes for the BS in Computer Information Systems

Each graduate of the program should:

Bachelor's programs objectives and outcomes last updated Spring 2005.

Graduate Program Objectives

Through its graduate programs, the Computer Science department seeks to provide MS and MAS students with:

In addition, the department seeks to provide PhD students with:

Graduate Program Expected Outcomes

Each graduate of the programs should:

In addition, the PhD students are required to:

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