Information Technology Objectives and Desired Outcomes
We design and change the Information Technology program by first considering, along with our program constituents, what our graduates should be able to do five to seven years after completing the program, combining their academic learning with later experience. This produces our objectives, which we adjust every several years, again with the help of constituents.
The Information Technology Program objectives are that, five to seven years after graduation, cadets who major in Information Technology will have been successful Army officers who have:
Indentified and exploited opportunities to improve Army operations by applying best practices in information technology.
Effectively communicated information technology to a range of audiences.
Grown professionally through self-study, continuing education, and professional development.
In order to reach these objectives, which are rather abstract, we make day-to-day decisions about courses and lessons using desired outcomes. These list the things our cadets should be able to do upon graduation. We consider adjustments to outcomes each year when program assessment results are reviewed.
The Information Technology Program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation :
An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies of human computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies.
An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems.
An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment.
An understanding of best practices and standards and their application.
An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan.