ERIC Number: ED297790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Designing a Curriculum for Computer Students in the Community College.
An overview is provided of the institutional and technological factors to be considered in designing or updating a computer science curriculum at the community college level. After underscoring the importance of the computer in today's society, the paper identifies and discusses the following considerations in curriculum design: (1) the mission of the college to fulfill both career preparation and transfer functions; (2) the influence exerted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which has published guidelines for computer science, information systems, vocational-technical, and health computing curricula; (3) the needs of the business/industrial community; (4) the needs and interests of students; and (5) state mandates. In light of these considerations, several conclusions about curriculum design are presented. First, programs should be designed to be viable for several years, given a two-year lag time for program development and rapid changes in technology. Second, no one curriculum will satisfy the needs of all students and the community. Third, the associate of science degree program in computer science cannot differ radically from the first two years of four-year college programs. And fourth, strong mathematics and science backgrounds are advantageous for computer science majors. A sample curriculum, based on ACM guidelines, and sample course descriptions are provided. (EJV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.