Assessment

Assessment of Student Learning

KSI uses quantitative measurement of student learning goals in order to assess student learning outcomes and improve the curriculum and course offerings based on these assessment measures.

Following are the six global MS Degree Program learning goals along with more specific learning objectives within each goal.

1. Students must acquire both a conceptual and operational understanding of the development of sophisticated programming applications including: knowledge of advanced application development in at least two upper level object oriented developer languages, and familiarity with advanced principles of networks and databases.

a. Students will understand the design of modern information processing architecture and the relationship between computer architecture and software systems. (CIS 501)

b. Students will understand file systems and database systems, data processing applications, and file structure techniques as related to the design, architecture, and implementation of relational database management systems. (CIS 502)

c. Students will understand theory of computation, Turing machines, and the limits of mechanical computation. (CIS 503)

d. Students will understand paradigms of modern programming languages. (CIS 504)

e. Students will understand iterative project management concepts in software development. (CIS 510)

f. Students will understand machine learning and data mining. (BA 531)

2. Students must acquire the ability to be creative, analytical, and critical thinkers in the arenas of information technology and computer science engineering.

a. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using advanced algorithms to articulate, analyze, and solve real world problems related to file structures, data compression, and indexing. (CIS 501)

b. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using database system concepts, relational data modeling, and functional dependency theory to articulate, analyze, and solve real world problems related to the design of a database system. (CIS 502)

c. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using mathematical abstractions of computation models to articulate and analyze the correspondence of machine hierarchy with language hierarchy. (CIS 503)

d. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using components as syntax, grammar, logic to articulate and analyze programming languages. (CIS 504)

e. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using Project and Requirements Management concepts to articulate, analyze, and solve real world problems related to iterative software development projects. (CIS 510)

f. Students will attain marked ability in selecting and using data mining techniques to articulate, analyze, and solve real world problems related to discovering hidden knowledge. (BA 531) 

3. Students must acquire knowledge of new and various methods and technologies as appropriate to the discipline.

a. Students will understand current e-Business infrastructure techniques to store and retrieve information. (CIS 501)

b. Students will understand current, commercial database systems of enterprise grid computing to manage information. (CIS 502)

c. Students will understand current problems and scenarios of computation proving undecidability. (CIS 503)

d. Students will understand current programming languages, in particular, object-oriented programming languages. (CIS 504)

e. Students will understand current, industry-recognized and industry-tested software and systems of delivery tools. (CIS 510)

f. Students will understand current processes in finding patterns in large-scale data sets involving statistics, database systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. (BA 531)

4. Students must acquire relevant knowledge of the global perspectives appropriate to the discipline.

a. Students will understand ethical, legal, and financial concerns, in particular, the formulation and justification of policies arising out of and in response to computing and information technology. (CIS 599A)

5. Students must acquire the ability to work as individual researchers/scholars as well as in collaboration with others in contributing to the scholarship of their discipline.

a. Students will engage in and conduct original research using techniques and methods appropriate to the area of study. (M.S. Thesis)

b. Students will draw from a body of research from the larger community to present the historical context and to demonstrate the relevancy of the issue/problem being addressed. (M.S. Thesis)

c. Students will evaluate his/her research and will demonstrate higher cognitive levels of learning such as making inferences based on the results, making predictions about future issues/studies, discussing limitations of methods/procedures, formulating criteria to assess the results, comparing and contrasting to similar research. (M.S. Thesis)

6. Students must attain advanced level proficiency in oral and written communication skills, complemented by the ability to access and analyze information from primary, print and online sources.

a. Students will demonstrate professional competence in communicating a field of learning orally. (M.S. Thesis)

b. Students will demonstrate professional competence in communicating a field of learning in print. (M.S. Thesis)

c. Students will demonstrate professional competence in communicating a field of learning in any other mode that pertains to the field of learning such as digital art/graphics. (M.S. Thesis)