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A Graduate Course On Computer Applications In Technology

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.25.1 - 5.25.9



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Duane D. Dunlap

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Niaz Latif Purdue University - Calumet

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Session 3247

A Graduate Course on Computer Applications in Technology

Dr. Niaz Latif, Dr. Duane D. Dunlap Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


This paper discusses a course on Computer Applications as a part of a graduate curriculum in Technology. Purdue University and Northern Kentucky University developed and offered two such courses. Both institutions offer Master of Science degrees in Technology. This paper discusses the curriculum need and the development of such courses: program objectives, applied nature of the curriculum, students’ demography, classroom experiences by faculty, types of class projects, and students’ feedback. The courses are designed to address common issues and applications related to computer technology. The topics covered in the courses include multimedia processes and products, the Internet, automatic data capture technology, and networking.


A Master of Science in Technology (MST) program corresponding with the university’s mission at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) was developed three years ago. The graduate course work consists of core courses as well as courses in specialty areas. One of these core courses is Computer Applications Technology. A similar course, Microcomputer Applications in Industry and Technology, is offered as one of the core courses in the Weekend Master’s program degree program in Technology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

This paper focuses on justifying the use of such courses in the core requirements in the Technology graduate program. It will discuss the graduate program objectives in Technology, prospective students’ demography, undergraduate preparation, and preparation for graduate course work in core and specialty areas. This paper presents results from offering such courses at NKU and Purdue in terms of students’ expectations, nature of the course, and the course’s content. It is expected that the institutions developing a master’s degree program in Technology of any nature will benefit from developing a course in computer applications.

Master’s program objectives and students in the program

Students’ learning goals and objectives for graduate courses should meet the program goals and objectives. As an example, the objectives of the programs at Northern Kentucky University and Purdue University are studied.

The four program objectives for the Master of Science in Technology at Northern Kentucky University1 are:

1) To enhance the ability of graduates to move into technical management.

Dunlap, D. D., & Latif, N. (2000, June), A Graduate Course On Computer Applications In Technology Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8414

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