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Computer Science

The principal goal of the Computer Science Division is to prepare students for entry level positions developing software applications related to the aviation and automotive industries, medical offices and hospitals, data communications, manufacturing, management, military, entertainment, consumer and industrial products, and education.

Computer science education must be hands-on and project-based.* Daniel Webster College’s program is designed around the concept of active learning, using real-world projects to apply the basic concepts and theories in computer science. In parallel with traditional computer science and mathematics courses, students begin programming the very first day of class and finish their first year implementing a major team-based software development project. This parallel approach of solid academic study and intensive project-based learning continues throughout the four-year program and culminates in a senior capstone software development project or an industry or government internship experience.

The College supports student participation in the annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges – Northeastern Region (CCSCNE) Conference, where students have the opportunity to present posters on their projects and compete in programming challenges. The College also funds undergraduate student research projects, guided by faculty members, in areas such as mobile application development and outcome assessment software tools.

Computer Science Division students are well-situated geographically to seek internships and part-time research opportunities in New England where computer technology development is a major industry. DWC’s location provides students the potential to gain access to regional software research and development companies within the defense, entertainment, medical, and national security areas.

*Daniel Webster College is a collaborator in the international CDIO initiative (http://www.cdio.org), "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers [that stresses] engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products."

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Computer Science Program at Daniel Webster College should be able to:

  • Join software teams in the development of innovative new products and systems for industry, military, and government purposes;
  • Apply comprehensive analysis and design principles and industry standards and procedures for the development of software;
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals on a software development team;
  • Undertake professional careers in the expanding computer science field and continue to develop into productive team members who are highly regarded by managers and peers;
  • Continue to expand their professional, personal, management, and interpersonal skills and engage in lifelong learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Computer Science Program at Daniel Webster College should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  • An ability to analyze a problem and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs;
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  • An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice;
  • An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices;
  • An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity;
  • A real-world software engineering experience through a senior software engineering capstone project or internship.

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