What Should Computer Science Majors Know?
By the time they graduate all majors in Computer Science should be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically. Specifically they should be able to:
Writing Intensive Classes
Students who have taken writing intensive classes should already have learned basic information and be able to:
These skills may be regarded by all students as a base for further study. Help is available through the Smith College Libraries' Ask a Librarian options.
Beginning Computer Science Majors
First- and second-year computer science students should be able to:
Advanced computer science students should be able to:
Present data in oral, visual, and written forms clearly and professionally, selecting appropriate media and formats for the intended audience.
In Which Classes Should Students Learn These Skills?
Basic skills listed above will be expected in all computer science courses. The advanced skills listed will be a focus of the 300-level seminar courses, and may also appear in 200-level courses.
In addition, the computer science department works closely with students in conducting original research. Students may work in faculty labs or, with faculty approval, initiate an independent research project. In both of these instances students are routinely asked to conduct literature searches in order to contribute to the research enterprise. Students who work with faculty on research often enroll in Computer Science 400 (Special Studies) or Computer Science 430d (Honors Thesis).
Ethical Use of Information
Students should develop an appreciation for the privacy implications inherent in systems which manage information belonging to others. Students must also learn how to make clear distinctions between received knowledge and the production of new knowledge. The ethical use of information means that students must be able to acknowledge when they incorporate the work of others into their own work. Students should be able to identify when and how to acknowledge contributors to original work, awarding authorship and acknowledging other assistance appropriately.
Reviewed May 1, 2013