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Software Engineering (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computer science principles and engineering principles to design, develop, and verify system and application software in industrial, business, and personal applications.
  2. Design and conduct experiments in selected areas of computing, as well as to analyze and interpret data resulting from these experiments.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems encountered in system and software development.
  4. Communicate effectively and conduct themselves in an ethical manner as software engineering professionals.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level through exams, projects, and documentation in the following required courses: CEN 3073 Software Specifications, CEN 4072 Software Testing, CEN 4085 Software Architecture and Design, CNT 4104 Software Project in Computer Networks, and CEN 4935 Senior Software Eng Project.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course CEN 4935 Senior Software Eng Project.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in COP 3530 Data Structures and Algorithms and the capstone course CEN 4935 Senior Software Eng Project.