Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Informatics

The Informatics undergraduate student will acquire competencies in the technical dimensions of informatics and information technology (IT). Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the mathematical and logical foundations of informatics.
  2. Define terms and explain basic principles essential to the design and development of IT and computing systems.
  3. Acquire fundamental concepts and skills in software architectures and the development of information systems.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in data representation, models, structures, and informatics-centric management.

The Informatics undergraduate will acquire competencies in the social dimensions of informatics and information technology. Students will:

  1. Articulate and acquire strategies for staying abreast of major societal trends, such as access, privacy, intellectual property, security and others, affecting the development and deployment of modern day IT.
  2. Critically analyze the intended and unintended consequences of IT on individuals, groups, formal and informal organizations at local and global levels.
  3. Apply a user-centered approach to interaction design and product usability, including techniques for quantitative and qualitative testing of interface and interaction design.
  4. Utilize digital tools to communicate with a range of audiences.
  5. Analyze the social, cultural, and organizational settings in which IT solutions will be deployed to increase the chances of successful implementation.

Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to at least one other domain of endeavor, such as business, science, the arts, or humanities. They will:

  1. Define terms and explain basic principles, concepts and theories from another domain or discipline in which the students’ IT skills will be applied.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to deploy IT resources in the context of another domain and/or discipline.
  3. Synthesize, analyze, and conceptualize information and ideas from multiple sources and perspectives.
  4. Evaluate data, arrive at reasoned conclusions and solve challenging problems.
  5. Execute a “real world” senior informatics capstone that demonstrates the skills they have acquired throughout their undergraduate education.

Students will develop collaborative skills and the ability to work in teams. They will:

  1. Select and effectively utilize oral, written, visual and quantitative communication skills within the context of an interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify and demonstrate the skills, behaviors and attitudes necessary to function as an effective team member, including working cooperatively with diverse group members.
  3. Acquire the skills to initiate, manage and execute an IT project.
  4. Articulate legal and ethical issues when using the creative work of others; respect the intellectual property of others.

Students will acquire the behaviors of an autonomous, socially responsible professional capable of conducting professional informatics best practice. They will:

  1. Create a personal code of ethics; articulate principles for resolving ethical conflicts.
  2. Commit to a regular program of continuing education and lifelong learning that is independent of employer sponsorship.
  3. Participate in professional organizations that promote responsible computing and service to society.