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Computer Science Curriculum Redesign at Fort Valley State University

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Curricular Issues in Computing and Information Technology Programs I

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Computing & Information Technology

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Masoud Naghedolfeizi Fort Valley State College

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Dr.Masoud Naghedolfeizi is a senior professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fort Valley State University. His academic background includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minor in instrumentation and control, an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Naghedolfeizi’s research interests include instrumentation and measurement systems, applied artificial intelligence, information processing, and engineering education. He is the author of numerous research and pedagogical articles in his areas of expertise.

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Sanjeev Arora Fort Valley State University

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Dr. Arora holds a B.Sc. (Honors) and M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Delhi, India, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Delaware. Dr. Arora’s research interest is experimental atomic physics and he is well-versed in the use of the van de Graaff accelerator, scalars, MCAs, and other physics instrumentation. He has been instrumental in acquiring, through various grants, computers, and software for the physics laboratory at FVSU. Some of his funded grant proposals are as follows:
1) Establishing a Nuclear Science and Engineering Minor at Fort Valley State University 2) Establishing an Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Research Laboratory at FVSU 3)Establishing an Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Laboratory at Fort Valley State University 3) Computer-based Instrumentation Laboratory for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics Programs at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Fort Valley State University. 4) Developing an Undergraduate Minor in Computer-based Measurement and Instrumentation at Fort Valley State University 5) Preparing Teachers for Problem Solving Instruction 6) Developing a State of the Art Physics Laboratory at Fort Valley State College.

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Nabil A. Yousif Fort Valley State University

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Mr. Yousif is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, at Fort Valley State University. His interest includes System Business Application Software design and database design.

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Xiangyan Zeng Fort Valley State University

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Xiangyan Zeng received her Ph.D. in computer science from University of the Ryukyus, Japan. She is currently a professor of computer science at Fort Valley State University. Her research interests include image processing, pattern recognition and machine learning.

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The computer science program at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) , a unit of University System of Georgia, is presently undergoing a major revision to reflect the most current trends in the job market and the ABET computer science curriculum requirements. Additionally, the curriculum redesign is needed to increase the program's appeal to students and employers. The underlying principle for this redesign is to provide more flexibility for students to take major and free elective courses and lessen the emphasis on traditional mathematics requirements (such as Calculus II).

Currently, the major area in curriculum of computer science at FVSU includes 60 credit hours of which 9 hours are major electives and 6 hours free electives. The revised program will include 33 credit hours in core curriculum of computer science, 12 credit hours in major electives, and 15 credit hours in free electives. The mathematics requirements will include 17 credit hours with Calculus II placed under restricted electives.

The increased number of credit hours in both restricted and free electives will allow students to obtain academic concentrations or minors in fields of interest. It should be noted that most minor and concentration programs at FVSU require 15-18 credit hours.

It is anticipated that this program revision along with other academic success measures such as building a meaningful student support system would help increase the retention, recruitment, and graduation of students while maintaining a quality undergraduate computer science program aligned with both the University System of Georgia and the ABET requirements. This paper presents curriculum revision and enhancement to the computer science program at FVSU. The details regarding the student support system will be presented in a future article.

Naghedolfeizi, M., & Arora, S., & Yousif, N. A., & Zeng, X. (2016, June), Computer Science Curriculum Redesign at Fort Valley State University Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26554

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