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Title: UNLs new Bolognastyle 1stCycle Degree BSc in Computer Science


1
UNLs new Bologna-style 1st-Cycle Degree(BSc) in
Computer Science
Departamento de Informática Faculdade de Ciências
e Tecnologia Universidade Nova de Lisboa
2
Main goal
  • A course providing the fundamentals, broad band,
    in Computer Science
  • Covering core topics in Computer Science (based
    on ACM/IEEE and our 30 years experience)
  • Appropriate to continue studies at MSc level, at
    FCT/UNL or in another European university of
    reference

3
Bologna and Specializations
  • The 1st cycle, in a research university, should
    provide solid fundamental education in Computer
    Science
  • It is not our aim to provide professional, very
    specialized and shorter courses. These should be
    offered by other institutions
  • Specializations are to be provided at the MSc
    level, afterwards.

4
Bologna and Mobility
  • Mobility at two levels
  • At the level of the 1st cycle
  • After the 1st cycle, entering the 2nd cycle
  • The 1st is guaranteed by fully adopting the ECTS
    system, and by a flexible design of the
    curriculum
  • The 2nd level is guaranteed by the basic core
    provided in the 1st cycle

5
Bologna and faster integration in the
professional life
  • Recognize there are students that want to start
    to work immediately after the 1st cycle
  • Not to be confused with short professionalized
    courses
  • But the job market also needs people with a good
    broad band education, without the specialization
    provided by the 2nd cycle
  • The demand for our students at the middle of the
    current 5 years degree, and consultation with
    professional partners seems to confirm this
  • Try to accommodate, as much as possible, means
    for integration in professional activities for
    those students that want it.

6
Design criteria
  • Fully adhering to the ECTS system
  • Centered on students work
  • Based on competence acquisition rather than on
    topic coverage
  • Tuning project and Dublin descriptors
  • Special care also about soft-skills
  • Full coverage of ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula
    Core
  • Taking into account external evaluation
  • Comparison with reference universities

7
Reformulating the course
  • One year of work involving the whole Department
  • External advisory commission with main contractor
    industries
  • With 3 half day meetings over one year
  • Fully rethinking of our approach to education in
    Computer Science
  • Special procedures for verifying coverage of
    technical and soft-skills, and ECTS credits

8
Achieving the goals
  • A 1st cycle degree with 3 years (180 ECTS
    credits)
  • With a core, common to all students, of roughly 2
    years
  • A flexible structure after the core
  • Particular courses for soft-skills, and
    soft-skill competences provided by all courses
  • Two profiles, recognized in the diploma
  • One designed for those who want to continue
    studies in a MSc in Computer Science
  • Another designed for those who want to enter
    professional activities right away

9
The core of the course
  • 138 ECTS credits distributed as
  • 86 credits in Computer Science
  • 31 in Mathematics
  • Covering basic Analysis, Algebra, Geometry,
    Discrete Mathematics, Probabilities and
    Statistics
  • 6 in Physics
  • 6 in Electrical Engineering
  • Elective, in the 3rd year, of Digital Circuits,
    Electronics or Telecommunications
  • 9 in Soft-skills
  • Expression and Communication, and Critical
    Thinking.

10
The Computer Science Core
  • 1st year
  • Computational Logics
  • Programming (introduction and OO)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks
  • Computer Architecture
  • 2nd year
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Databases
  • Operating Systems
  • Theory of Computer Science
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Development
  • Computer Networks
  • 3rd Year
  • Computer Graphics and Interfaces
  • Artificial Intelligence

11
After the core
  • At least 12 ECTS credits of elective Computer
    Science
  • This leaves 30 credits open to choice
  • Possibility of making these 30 credits outside
  • Outside may mean outside this University (e.g. in
    an Erasmus)
  • Outside may mean outside Computer Science
  • Opens possibility of minors for interdisciplinary
    education
  • Suitable for interdisciplinary 2nd cycles, e.g.
    bioinformatics, networks and telecommunications,
    management and computer science, etc

12
After the core, inside
  • Have two set-menu education programs for the
    two profiles of more demand
  • Students who want to enroll in a MSc in Computer
    Science
  • Students who want to enter professional
    activities, with the core education
  • Certify these profiles in the diploma
  • Easier for those in the first profile above to
    integrate our MSc

13
Computer Science Engineering
  • Designed for those that want to continue for a
    2nd cycle in Computer Science
  • After the core includes a concentration in more
    advanced Computer Science topics
  • Algorithms Analysis and Design
  • Logic and Constraint Programming
  • Compilation
  • Distributed Systems
  • Includes an Integration Project, applying
    knowledge from various areas of Computer Science
  • Applying and integrating various areas, before
    the specialization of the 2nd cycle

14
Applied Computer Science
  • Tries to accommodate means for integration in the
    professional life for those students that want it
    at this point
  • After the core, includes course on Social and
    Ethical Issues in Computer Science
  • Includes a Training Period, in a Company, of 24
    ECTS credits
  • 12 elective credits in Computer Science include
    an offer of more applied courses

15
New and current students
  • The degree is though to accommodate about 175 new
    students every year
  • A special transition plan have been devised to
    integrate the almost 1000 students of the current
    5 year degree

16
The degree in a nutshell
  • Solid, broad band, education in Computer Science
  • Flexible design to accommodate different
    students interests
  • Plays the game of Bologna
  • 3 years degree
  • Centered on students work (ECTS)
  • Based on competences
  • Possibility of faster integration in the market
  • Open to mobility
  • Mobility inside the 1st cycle (e.g. Erasmus)
  • Mobility for the 2nd cycle
  • Mobility for interdisciplinary areas (Minors)
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