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Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for BS in Computer Information Technology 

Program Educational Objectives: The Computer Information Technology program at the California State University, Northridge prepares students for life-long careers in Computer Information Technology or related technical fields; such careers should enable its graduates to make valuable contributions to society and to find satisfaction in their chosen profession. Within a few years of graduation, the graduates of the Computer Information Technology program are expected to meet the following program educational objectives: 

  • 1. Explain and apply appropriate information technologies and employ appropriate methodologies to help an individual or organization achieve its goals and objectives
  • 2. Manage the information technology resources of an individual or organization;
  • 3. Anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies to an individual or organization
  • 4. Understand and for some to contribute to the scientific, mathematical and theoretical foundations on which information technologies are built
  • 5. Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of society exhibiting intellectual breadth and lifelong intellectual curiosity required to practice IT management functions creatively, sensitively, and responsibly in contemporary global and societal environments.

Student Outcomes: Graduates of the program will have an 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 the program’s discipline.
  • 3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
    • 3.1. Written communication.
    • 3.2. Oral communication.
  • 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 the program’s discipline.
  • 6. Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems. [IT]