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Engineering  |  School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

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Comprehensive skills for a rapidly evolving computing field.

The software engineering program provides project-rich learning experiences to educate software engineers for success in a rapidly evolving computing field. The program faculty help students lay the foundation for achievement of the objectives and outcomes described below. Objectives are goals that we expect our graduates to achieve typically three to five years after graduation. Outcomes are goals students achieve by graduation.

Program objectives

The program’s goal is to provide a professionally guided education in software engineering that prepares graduates to transition into a broad range of career options: industry, government, computing graduate program, and professional education.

Within a few years of completion, graduates exhibit the following characteristics:

  1. Be agile software developers with a comprehensive set of skills appropriate to the needs of the dynamic global computing-based society.
  2. Capable of team and organizational leadership in computing project settings, and have a broad understanding of ethical application of computing-based solutions to societal and organizational problems.
  3. Acquire skills and knowledge to advance their career, including continually upgrading professional, communication, analytic, and technical skills.

Program outcomes

The Program Outcomes express the goals the program has for student learning upon completion of the degree. The program defines its own student outcomes, and embeds ABET student outcomes in each. 

  • ABET-1 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • ABET-2 An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • ABET-3 An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • ABET-4 An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • ABET-5 An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • ABET-6 An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • ABET-7 An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

SER1 – an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools and processes necessary for software engineering practice.

SER2 – an ability to apply software engineering perspective through software design and construction, requirements analysis, verification, and validation, to develop solutions to modern problems such as security, data science, and systems engineering.