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Mansfield University 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer & Information Science, Bachelor of Science


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Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science
Professors H. Iseri (Interim Chairperson), Lienhard, Savoye
Associate Professors D’Ortona, Haner, Junius, Phillips
Assistant Professors L. Iseri, Sim


The Department of Mathematics and Computer & Information Science offers a baccalaureate degree with two concentrations, one in Computer Science and the other in Information Systems. Students may elect to complete either concentration, and have the option of completing both. Students completing the concentration in Information Systems often choose to do a minor or second major in Business Administration. These dual majors and major/minor strategies can be valuable assets when entering the job market.

Computer & Information Science Mission

The mission of Computer & Information Science (CIS) is to provide an outstanding education to its students in accordance with the principles of the Mansfield University mission, to advance scholarship in key domains of the computing and information sciences, and to engage in activities that improve the welfare of society and enhance the reputation of Mansfield University. CIS aims to maintain an environment that promotes innovative thinking, values mutual respect and diversity, encourages and supports scholarship, instills ethical behavior, and stimulates life-long learning.

Vision Statement

The vision of CIS is to become a recognized regional leader offering high-quality undergraduate programs in computing and information sciences to a large number of talented students at affordable tuition rates.

Core Values

The core values guiding CIS include the following:

  • Commitment to high-quality undergraduate education and student success.
  • Continuous program improvement through assessment of program educational objectives and student outcomes.
  • Development of new initiatives and programs with changes in technology and global interdependence.
  • Professional development of faculty members and scholarly contributions to the discipline, often with student participation.
  • Seamless transfer of students through articulation agreements with 2-year community colleges.
  • Building ties to K-12 groups, community colleges, and local industry.
  • Participation in shared governance of departmental affairs.
  • Service to the department, University, community, and discipline.

Computer Science Minor
The Computer Science minor provides a strong background in computation and programming for students majoring in a technical, scientific, or mathematical area. See also General Computing Minor and Information Systems minor.

Information Systems Minor
The Information Systems minor provides a strong background in office applications software and systems analysis for students majoring in business-related fields of study. See also Computer Science Minor and General Computing Minor.

General Computing Minor
The General Computing minor provides a solid background in computing that is custom-tailored to the student’s field of study. This minor is primarily intended for students in majors other than business, mathematics, and the sciences. See also Computer Science Minor and Information Systems Minor. 

The following two concentrations are available in the B.S., Computer & Information Science Program:

 

Computer & Information Science, Computer Science Concentration


Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science
Professors H. Iseri (Interim Chairperson), Lienhard
Associate Professors D’Ortona, Haner, Junius, Phillips, Savoye
Assistant Professors L. Iseri, Sim


The Computer Science concentration focuses on the techniques and mathematical aspects of computing. The requirements are sufficient for majors to declare a minor in mathematics without any additional coursework.

Goals and Outcomes

Listed below are the Goals (Program Educational Objectives) and related Student Learning Outcomes (Program Outcomes) for the program leading to the B.S., Computer & Information Science degree with the Computer Science concentration.

1. To provide graduate with a thorough comprehension of the key principles of computing and the application of those principles.

Related Program Outcomes

1-1.  Students will demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge of computer organization and architecture.
1-2.  Students will demonstrate proficiency in programming using a high-level language.
1-3.  Students will demonstrate understanding of data structures and algorithms.
1-4.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of several programming language paradigms.
1-5.  Students will demonstrate understanding of foundational programming language concepts.
1-6.  Students will demonstrate an awareness of the dynamic nature of the foundational core of computer science and recognize the need for continuing professional development.
1-7.  Students will apply principles and practices for software development, including problem analysis, software design, and development using current industry-standard programming languages and tools.
1-8.  Students will employ these principles in solving both simple and complex computing problems.

2.  To provide graduates with an appropriate augmenting framework of applicable knowledge and skills from the mathematical, scientific, and communication disciplines.

Related Program Outcomes

2-1.  Students will understand and apply the concepts of statistics, discrete mathematics, and continuous mathematics.
2-2.  Students will understand and apply the scientific method.
2-3.  Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with a range of audiences.
2-4.  Students will function effectively on teams in order to complete computing projects.
2-5.  Students will demonstrate the ability to manage a significant project.

3.  To develop the total person, one with intellectual curiosity, mature judgment, and a commitment to the betterment of society.

Related Program Outcomes

3-1.  Students will demonstrate familiarity with basic ideas and contemporary issues in the social sciences and humanities.
3-2.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social impact of computing.
3-3.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues emerging out of computing.

4.  To prepare students for a successful career in computing and related fields.

Related Program Outcomes

4-1.  Students will be prepared for self-directed continuing professional development in the computing field.
4-2.  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and capabilities necessary for pursuing a professional career in computing and related fields

Total Credit Hours: 62


Computer & Information Science, Information Systems Concentration


Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science
Professors H. Iseri (Interim chairperson), Lienhard
Associate Professors D’Ortona, Haner, Junius, Phillips, Savoye
Assistant Professors L. Iseri, Sim


The B.S. Information Systems Concentration focuses on the system and business aspects of computing. Many students also declare a business-related minor or, with a modest number of additional courses, complete a dual major in Business Administration.

Listed below are the Goals (Program Educational Objectives) and related Student Learning Outcomes (Program Outcomes) for the program leading to the B.S. degree in Computer and Information Science, Information Systems Concentration.

1.  To provide graduate with a thorough comprehension of the key principles of information systems and the application of those principles.

Related Program Outcomes

1-1.  Students will demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge of computer organization and architecture.
1-2.  Students will demonstrate proficiency in programming using a high-level language.
1-3.  Students will demonstrate understanding of data structures.
1-4.  Students will demonstrate understanding of the process that support the delivery and management of information systems.
1-5.  Students will demonstrate understanding of networking and data communications. 
1-6.  Students will demonstrate an awareness of the dynamic nature of the information systems field and recognize the need for continuing professional development.
1-7.  Students will apply principles and practices for systems analysis and design to a major project.
1-8.  Students will employ these principles in solving both simple and complex computing problems.

2.  To provide graduates with an appropriate augmenting framework of applicable knowledge and skills from the mathematical, business, and communication disciplines.

Related Program Outcomes

2-1.  Students will understand and apply the concepts of statistics, discrete mathematics, and continuous mathematics.
2-2.  Students will demonstrate familiarity with and apply fundamental business and accounting principles.
2-3.  Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, with a range of audiences.
2-4.  Students will function effectively on teams to complete computing projects.
2-5.  Students will demonstrate the ability to manage a significant project.

3.  To develop the total person, one with intellectual curiosity, mature judgment, and a commitment to the betterment of society.

Related Program Outcomes

3-1.  Students will demonstrate familiarity with basic ideas and contemporary issues in the social sciences and humanities.
3-2.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social impact of computing.
3-3.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues emerging out of computing.

4.  To prepare students for a successful career in information systems and related fields.

Related Program Outcomes

4-1.  Students will be prepared for self-directed continuing professional development in the information systems field.
4-2.  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and capabilities necessary for pursuing a professional career in information systems and related fields.

Total Credit Hours: 60 - 61


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