Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

                All courses incorporate the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) learning outcomes and the Hood College computer science program goals.

Student Outcomes
By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate ability to:

1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of computer science.
3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to computer science.
6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

 

OIRA- Nov 2020

Graduates earning a master's degree in computer science from Hood College:

Select and apply appropriate programming and knowledge paradigms through:

  • Applying algorithmic design paradigms and methods of analysis to solve computational problems; and
  • Differentiating between programming language paradigms and selecting a specific programming language to implement a solution.

Possess in-depth knowledge of hardware/software/networks and systems integration through:

  • Analyzing the trends and impact of modern computer architectures; and
  • Integrating concepts and techniques involving hardware, software and networking.

Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental nature of data through:

  • Constructing and validating artificial intelligence systems.

Practice modular software design through:

  • Applying design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Demonstrate effective professional skills including teamwork, utilization of information resources, and communication with technical and nontechnical audiences through:

  • Working effectively as part of a team;
  • Classifying and solving generally stated problems;
  • Identifying and using professional information resources;
  • Monitoring current trends and directions in the field; and
  • Communicating effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

 

OIRA- October 2019

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is a 30-credit program designed for both technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. Prior background in computing is desirable, but not required to enter this program. Individuals without such background can enter the degree program by enrolling in two prerequisite foundation courses. The structure of the program allows students to enter from different disciplines, provides a common foundation and robust subject matter training necessary in today’s cybersecurity job market.

The Master’s in Cybersecurity is designed to allow partnerships with local technology companies and government organizations. Students will be required and supported to pursue experiential learning and research opportunities during their studies. The program culminates with a team-based capstone project, linked to local industry and government partners. Students will work with faculty and partners to develop suitable research and project questions; collect data, design systems, develop software, protocols, methods, and techniques; synthesize their findings or work artifacts into a final product; and present their findings to the partners and scholarly venues.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to meet the following Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply sound theoretical and applied cybersecurity skills, methods, and techniques for cyber defense.
  2. Evaluate, develop, deploy and configure appropriate controls, countermeasures, tools, and techniques to address threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, and protect organizational assets and resources.
  3. Identify, evaluate, and address ethical, legal, and social implications in cybersecurity while complying with applicable laws, regulations, and following best practices.
  4. Communicate effectively technical, legal, and theoretical cybersecurity topics to technical and non-technical audiences.

    OIRA- October 2019

    Graduates earning a master's degree in information technology from Hood College:

    Demonstrate general knowledge of software/networking /information systems security through:

    • Applying fundamental security concepts and principles;
    • Appraising network architecture and technology; and
    • Analyzing threats to security, including types of threats, systems security and hardening, database security, possible attack avenues and methods of protection.

    Apply software design and data management techniques through:

    • Comparing and contrasting software and information systems;
    • Breaking down a system’s development, engineering methodology, design process, evaluation and operation feasibility; and
    • Distinguish general information among databases.

    Apply basic analytic tools and database for decision-making through:

    • Critiquing factors that affect management of IT;
    • Differentiating data analytic roles to perform data mining projects; and
    • Converting data into information for managerial decision-making.

    Apply the systems analysis, design and integration process through:

    • Defining and discussing systems analysis and the design process, and
    • Applying selected tools and processes to select a systems design.

    Demonstrate effective professional skills including teamwork, utilization of information resources and communication with technical and nontechnical audience through:

    • Working effectively as part of a team;
    • Classifying and solve generally stated problems;
    • Identifying and use professional information resources;
    • Monitoring current trends and directions in the field; and
    • Communicating effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

     

    OIRA- October 2019

    Graduates earning a master's degree in management of information systems from Hood College:

    Demonstrate general knowledge of hardware, software and networking through:

    • Drafting a solution to a business problem using software applications, databases and available resources;
    • Completing an embedded exam question; and
    • Diagramming a business process and explaining the process in terms of Information Technology resources.

    Apply hardware, software, networking and data management techniques through:

    • Building a database;
    • Writing Data Definition Language statements;
    • Completing homework assignments and a project on computer functionality of data and telecommunication networks; and
    • Pulling data from multiple sources, combining and organizing data into relational data.

    Apply sound IT, managerial, financial and business practices through:

    • Transforming data using multiple software tools;
    • Executing business decisions using statistical tools;
    • Presenting the impact on the organization using quantitative analysis; and
    • Extracting data from one form, transforming the data, and using data for decision-making.

    Demonstrate effective professional skills including teamwork, utilization of information resources and communication with technical and nontechnical audiences through:

    • Working effectively as part of a team;
    • Classifying and solving generally stated problems;
    • Identifying and using professional information resources;
    • Monitoring current trends and directions in the field; and
    • Communicating effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.