UNK CSIT Program Objectives

CSIT IT Student

CSIT Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in accordance with the role, mission and objectives of the University of Nebraska at Kearney as approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and in accordance with the statewide plan of the Coordinating Commission for Post-secondary Education is to provide educational, research and service functions to the citizens of central Nebraska in the areas of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Furthermore, the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology provides students with the opportunity for higher education of the highest quality through support of all the general objectives of the University. The Department especially focuses on inspiring, mentoring, challenging, educating, and empowering undergraduate students. Activities of the department are designed to prepare graduates for careers or for graduate study in the areas of computer science and information technology. CSIT is known for its cross-curricular use of student led projects, and the ability to teach software and system development with an emphasis on understanding of why and not just how. Graduates of the department are expected to be lifelong learners with the ability to think critically and to solve problems.

The CSIT Department emphasizes quality in all of its activities in accordance with current trends in postsecondary education quality assurance. While the Department's primary focus is on undergraduate teaching, faculty scholarship and service are encouraged in accordance with the Regents' and Coordinating Commission's plans and the Boyer-Rice model for such faculty activities.

CSIT Program Educational Objectives

CSIT Program Education Objectives

Graduates of the CSIT major Bachelor of Science (BS) programs (Applied CS and CS Comprehensive) and Information Technology (IT) will have:

  1. Acquired fundamental knowledge of computer science/information technology (CS/IT) in core areas and paradigms.
  2. An ability to analyze problems related to CS/IT and to determine the requirements for a solution using knowledge acquired.
  3. Accumulated experiences in designing and implementing solutions to problems related to CS/IT field.
  4. Developed skills required to communicate on a professional level with clients and fellow professionals.
  5. Accumulated experiences in working productively, as an individual and as a team member, within a professional and ethical framework.
  6. An ability to engage in continuing professional development.

Additionally, a program specific educational objectives for IT students is that graduates of the IT Program will have:

7. An ability to identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, integration, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems. 

Student Learning Outcomes

All CSIT major Bachelor of Science (BS) programs enable students to achieve the following abilities by the time of graduation:

  1. Analyze problems related to Computer Science and Information Technology and determine the requirements for a solution.
  2. Design solutions to problems related to the field using appropriate design technologies.
  3. Implement solutions to problems related to the field.
  4. Communicate and interact orally on a professional level with clients and fellow professionals.
  5. Write effectively for both non-technical and technical audiences.
  6. Make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  7. Function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables. 

The Applied CS and CS Comprehensive programs enable students to achieve the following abilities by the time of graduation:

8. Apply theory in the design and implementation of computer-based solutions.

The IT program enable students to achieve the following abilities by the time of graduation:

9. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, integration, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

UNK CSIT Enrollment Data

UNK CSIT Enrollment Data

UNK CSIT Graduation Data

UNK CSIT Graduation Data

CSIT Assessment

The mission of the CSIT assessment process is to assess how well the department fulfills the mission stated above. The intent is to assess how well the department prepares graduates for careers or for graduate study in the areas of computer science and information technology. In addition, the assessment process is designed to measure the degree to which our graduates fulfill the department’s mission of producing graduates who can analyze problems, design solutions, develop those solutions, communicate effectively, and interact ethically with clients and fellow professionals.

The UNK CSIT Assessment Plan details this process and includes the assessment rubrics.