IEEE Computer Society and ACM Launch Innovative Computer Science Curriculum
"Computing is a critical 21st- century skill and there is real need to include more computing in higher education," said Mehran Sahami, co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-CS 2013 Joint Task Force. "The CS2013 curricular guidelines reflect developments in computing in the past decade, including the pervasive use of parallel computing and the need to better understand computer security. Topics commonly covered in introductory programming courses have been updated and reorganized in a new area called Software Development Fundamentals. We have also created a Systems Fundamentals area that helps highlight more broadly applicable systems-level concepts," said Sahami of Stanford University, who is Associate Chair for Education in the university's Computer Science Department.
CS2013 includes examples of ways in which an undergraduate Computer Science program encourages the development of soft skills and personal attributes. These abilities include teamwork, verbal and written communication, time management, problem solving, and flexibility as well as risk tolerance, collegiality, patience, work ethic, and appreciation for diversity. They all play a critical role in the workplace and in promoting successful professional practice in a variety of career paths.
The guidelines are intended to help computer science students learn to integrate theory and practice and recognize the importance of abstraction. It also teaches them to appreciate the value of good engineering design in the rapidly changing computer field at a time when computer science impacts nearly every modern endeavor.
The CS2013 report benefitted from a broad engagement of members of the computing community, who reviewed and critiqued successive drafts of this document. It reflects the input of more than 100 contributors at global institutions of higher learning.
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