Work in progress - An innovative design of a Master in Computer Science program

Lixin Tao, Constantine Coutras, Narayan Murthy, Richard Kline

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Abstract

Master in Computer Science programs (MS-CS) are critically important in producing competitive IT professionals and preparing students for doctorate research. A major challenge is how to integrate the latest computing technologies into MS-CS programs without compromising the computer science foundation education. This paper shares Pace University's study and experience in renovating its MS-CS program to address this challenge. The study started with the identification of the most important progress in computing over the past decade and its relationship with the fundamental computer science concepts and theory. In particular Internet and web technologies, cloud computing, mobile computing, and Internet/web security are analyzed. Based on this theoretical analysis Pace University's MS-CS program was revised into a 30-credit program with a 12-credit program core for comprehensive theoretical foundation, 12-credit concentrations for in-depth study in selected technology areas, and three 6-credit capstone options for knowledge integration and application as well as life-long learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 - Rapid City, SD, United States
Duration: 12 Oct 201115 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRapid City, SD
Period12/10/1115/11/11

Keywords

  • Computing curriculum renovation
  • Master in Computer Science
  • Program concentrations
  • Technology integration

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