Computer Science Learning Outcomes & Objectives

Effective January 2019

We’ve carefully defined the program learning outcomes and objectives (goals) for the bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science at Pacific Lutheran University. This page describes our hopes for you as you leave PLU and enter the workforce. The program objectives describe our overall goals for our graduates, and the learning outcomes are more specific skills that we expect our students to acquire with our help.

Learning Outcomes

Our learning outcomes are statements that describe skills that we expect to enable our student to attain by the time of graduation.

  1. An ability to apply mathematics to solving computing problems.
  2. An ability to critically analyze a problem and to design, implement, and evaluate a computing solution that meets requirements.
  3. An ability to work effectively in small groups on medium scale computing projects.
  4. An ability to effectively communicate technical concepts in oral and written form.
  5. An ability to understand the social and ethical implications of working as a professional in the field of computer science.
  6. An ability to use current tools and methodologies in computing practice.

Program Objectives

Our objectives state what a PLU graduate with a major in Computer Science is expected to achieve within a few years after graduation.

  1. Graduates who choose to enter the workforce will become well rounded, creative, productive, and valuable professionals in their field.
  2. Graduates who choose to pursue advanced degrees will be accepted into a graduate program and make effective progress towards their degree.
  3. Graduates will have an aptitude and desire to engage in lifelong learning, and will adapt to new technologies tools and methodologies.
  4. Graduates will understand the societal, legal, and ethical implications of their work, and will share their knowledge, skills and expertise with their colleagues and community.