Learning Outcomes

Goal CS-1: Advance from an intellectually curious student to a creator/maker.
To attain this learning goal, students will demonstrate the following learning outcomes by graduation.

Students will:
CS 1.1 Apply software, analytic, and creative skills toward the construction of a product such as an app, device, and/or experimental technique.
CS 1.2 Work with clients to design and prototype a product that meets user’s needs and expectations.

Goal CS-2: Apply oral and writing communication skills to explain technical problem solving techniques and solutions to an increasingly diverse and global audience.

Students will:
CS 2.1 Demonstrate mastery in the three areas of writing as defined in the computer science writing plan: (i) documentation (including functional and detailed program specifications, invariants, pre- and post-conditions, and READMEs); (ii) mathematical proofs by induction; and (iii) technical research papers.
CS 2.2 Conduct a professional oral presentation of project work in a formal setting such as during an internship, a conference, and/or final project.

Goal CS-3: Collaborate within and across disciplinary boundaries to solve problems.

Students will:
CS 3.1 Successfully complete Wheaton’s connected curriculum requirement.
CS 3.2 Participate in team-based efforts, including both supporting and leadership roles when needed.

Goal CS-4: Practice life-long learning.

Students will:
CS 4.1 Demonstrate mastery of online content beyond that required in coursework, e.g., API (Application Programming Interfaces) and/or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
CS 4.2 Become proficient in at least two programming languages beyond those introduced in coursework, e.g., @codeAcademy: PHP, Ruby, Perl, Javascript.

Goal CS-5: Exercise computational thinking over the entire software life cycle.

Students will:
CS 5.1 Translate a problem description to a formal representation.
CS 5.2 Implement, justify, and test acceptable computational solutions.
CS 5.3 Trace and analyze algorithms.

Goal CS-6: Apply mathematical and/or statistical methods to facilitate problem solving.

Students will:
CS 6.1 Demonstrate proficiency of college-level mathematical concepts.
CS 6.2 Use mathematical techniques in analyzing and improving algorithms.
CS 6.3 Apply complex mathematical/statistical formulas and methods as part of a software solution to a problem.