December 3, 2015
|PRESENT:||Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Sang Choi, Abbie Daly, Roxanne DePaul, Sarah Hessenauer, Kim Knesting-Lund, Karla Saeger, Balaji Sankaranarayanan, Carol Scovotti, Shannon Stuart, David Welsch, and John Zbikowski.|
|ABSENT:||Amy Boerst, *Corey Davis, *Megan Gleason, Christina Jones, Rick Mason, *Christine Panella, *Praveen Parboteeah, *Diane Pertzborn, and Erica Ritchie.|
|GUEST:||Paul Ambrose, Carol Elsen, Athula Gunawardena, David Munro, Zach Oster, and Jiazhen Zhou.
The December 3, 2015, meeting was called to order at 2:18 p.m. by Paul Ambrose, substituting for Interim Dean Seth Meisel, who was away at a conference. Carol Scovotti moved, with a second by Sang Choi, to approve the minutes of the November 5, 2015, meeting. Motion carried.
Carol Scovotti moved, with a second by Sarah Hessenauer, to approve the information only items A-I on the agenda. With no questions or concerns, the motion carried.
Sarah Hessenauer moved, with a second by John Zbikowski, to approve the agenda items A-G. Zach Oster, guest from the Department of Computer Sciences, explained that these new courses are part of the proposed M.S. in Computer Sciences. These are all elective courses in the proposed program, except COMPSCI 778, Software Specification and Verification. David Munro, guest from the department of IT/SCM, discussed the need for further consultation for the course COMPSCI 767. He stated that historically the roles of the computer science and information technology programs have some overlap; the difference is the former primarily focuses on the development of new technology and algorithms, while the former is primarily concerned with using the technology in organizations. The overlap or differences between the two areas is not always clear to those outside the areas. However if one reflects on the fact that in computer science if they are teaching about technology they inherently will discuss why the technology is needed and hence applied, while in the information technology area if they are teaching how to apply the technology in organizations it is necessary to teach some level of understanding of the technology. Both roles are important and needed.
The concerns that arise in curriculum matters is at times when the two areas may both want to teaching similar material but ultimately from two different perspectives. The concern within each program is that if one group teaches the topic the other group will not be allowed to offer a course in it, or that one group is entrenching too far into the others domain. These concerns could be valid but in reviewing the current proposals, other than wishing to meet and consult over one class to make sure there is no conflict, I do not see any other concerns, and wish them success in their endeavor. The one course that we would like to meet with them on is COMPSCI 767 : BIG DATA AND DATA MINING.
With the understanding that COMPSCI 767 will be slightly revised, the motion carried. Finally, Sarah Hessenauer moved, with a second by Carol Scovotti, to approve item H on the agenda, the proposal for the new M.S. in Computer Science The motion carried.
H. New Program from the Department of Computer Science: M.S. Computer Science
Sang Choi moved, with a second by Carol Scovotti, to adjourn the meeting at 2:58 p.m. Motion carried.