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13CURRICULUMAterthreeyearscountlessmeet-ingsandadocumenttotalingover100pagestheDepartmentoComputingx1dechnologyotheSchooloComputerScienceMathematicsimplementedanewcurriculumorbothcomputerscienceandinormationtechnologyandsystemsstudentsbegin-ningall2012.Inadditiontwox2ve-yearbachelorx19smasterx19sprogramswillberevisedorthe2014-2015academicyear.Fortheundergraduateprogramsnewclasseswillberolledoutoverouryearsuntilthereshmenwhoenteredintheall2011semestergraduatesaidJanHarringtonassociateproessorandchairotheDepartmentoComputingx1dechnology.Computersciencemajorsareabletochoosebetweentwoconcentrationssotwaredevelopmentandgamedesignandprogramming.Inormationtechnol-ogyandsystemsdegreestudentsalsochoosebetweentwoconcentrationsinormationsystemsandinormationtechnology.WhiletherearetwomajorsandourconcentrationswithintheprogramHarringtonsaidx1callstudentsinthenewprogramhavethesamecorecurriculumintheirx2rsttwoyears.x1dPreviouslyCSandIx1dSstudentssharedjustonecom-monx2rstyear.Tex2rsttwocommonyearsinthenewprogramaremeanttoprovideax2rmoundationintechnol-ogyandprogrammingconcepts.Withthenewcurriculumallstudentsinthedepartmentwillgraduatewithasolidoundationintechnologyprogrammingnetworksandwebdevelopment.Harringtonsaidthecommonx2rsttwoyearsalsobenex2tstudentsthatmightwanttochangeconcentrationsormajorswithinthedepartment.x1cItx19shardtoaskan18-year-oldtomakeadecisionlikethatrightawayx1dHarringtonsaid.AssistantproessoroinormationtechnologyandsystemsAnneMatheusagreedthatjustonecommonyearwasnotenoughorstudents.x1cWewentthroughtheassessmentpro-cessandreviewedoutcomesandgoalsx1dMatheussaid.x1cItbecameobviousthattherearesomecoresubjectsthatarecentraltosuccessinbothmajors.x1dAnothermajorchangetothecurricu-lumisthatmanyclassesarenowourcredits.Manyotheseour-creditclassesincludelabsallowingormorehands-onworkorstudents.Inadditionallcap-pingclassesareourcredits.Harringtonsaidstudentstakethreecreditsocap-pingintheallandtheremainingonecreditinthespring.Likethex2rsttwocommonyearsstudentsrombothcom-puterscienceandinormationtechnol-ogyandsystemscomebacktogetherandormgroupsoralargercollaborativecappingproject.Matheussaidthechangeinthecap-pingcourseservesmanypurposes.x1cTeinormationtechnologyandsystemsstudentshaveonesetoskillsandthecomputersciencestudentshaveadifer-entsetx1dshesaid.x1cBothotheseskillsarenecessaryincompletingacomplexcappingproject.x1dInadditionitgivesstudentsthechancetoworkwithanintegratedteamwhichissomethingtheywillmostlikelyexperienceatergraduation.Studentsindeedgetreal-worldexperi-encenotonlybyworkingwithothersonateambutbydoingdesignworkorrealclientsthroughtherevisedcap-pingcourse.Studentsdothehands-onworkorclientsintheallsemestertheonecreditinthespringgivesstudentstimetocompleteimplementationotheprogram.Whilethechangeinthex2rsttwoyearsandthecappingcoursearethemostsig-nix2cantHarringtonsaidchangesweremadethroughouteachmajorx19supperlevelclassesaswell.ForincomingreshmanwhowillbeexperiencingthenewcurriculumMatheussaidstudentswillbeexposedtomorelabsmorepracticalexperienceandmorehands-onprogrammingexperi-encewhichwillhelpwhenx2ndingajobwhentheygraduate.x1cTegoodnewsisourstudentsalreadyareverysuccessulinx2ndingacareerthatintereststhemx1dMatheussaid.x1cButthenewcurriculumwillx2llintheholes.x1dCSITSdegreegetscurriculumoverhaulCHANGESSTREAMLINECOURSESREFLECTTECHNOLOGYINPRACTICEbyAbbeyScalia