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Computer Science

Learning Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEO):
Graduates of the Computer Science program will:

  1. PEO-1: Be successful in their chosen career
  2. PEO-2: Engage in career-long learning
  3. PEO-3: Be effective communicators with those inside and outside of computer science
  4. PEO-4: Understand the professional, ethical and moral responsibilities of computer scientists
  5. PEO-5: Understand the impact that their solutions have on society, both locally and globally
  6. PEO-6: Be motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities
  7. PEO-7: Be productive members of society
  8. PEO-8: Act as mentors and role models to both junior members in the profession and to students of computer science

Program Outcomes (PO):
By the time of graduation, students majoring in computer science at Ohio Northern University will:

  1. PO-1: Have a broad understanding of the world around them and the variety of people in it. They will be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with those both inside and outside of the profession
  2. PO-2: Understand the abundance of languages and language types useful in the discipline and be able to design, build and use a wide variety of structures implemented in those languages
  3. PO-3: Have the ability to function in an environment requiring communications between team members working toward a common goal
  4. PO-4: Be familiar with, and be able to select and use, the tools and devices available to build solutions to problems and have the skills to carry out the design and implementation of the same
  5. PO-5: Know the importance of conscientiously and responsibly creating solutions that clients want and that meet user needs


  • FCAR

The measures used for the program educational objectives are SENIOR SURVEYS, ALUMNI SURVEYS and EMPLOYER SURVEYS. Senior surveys are administered to all graduating seniors in the spring quarter. Alumni of the program are surveyed officially both three and 10 years after graduation; an informal survey is also sent in the year following graduation primarily to verify the accuracy of the address database. Alumni are provided with a survey instrument to be given to their direct supervisor for the employer survey. These measures are reviewed periodically on a multiyear basis; for this year's evaluation, the data from the senior surveys conducted in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years were reviewed by both the faculty and the department's program working groups.

The measures used for the program outcomes are PERFORMANCE VECTORS culled from Faculty Course Assessment Reports (FCAR), which are submitted whenever a course is offered. The performance vectors are direct measurements of student learning that are administered as course assignments. Details are contained within the FCAR submitted for each course.

Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning

Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.


Institutional Research

Sue VanDyne

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