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Catalog 2013-2014
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
 

School of Computing

John E. Mathews Jr Building (Building 15)
              School of Computing, Room 3201
Phone: (904) 620-2985
Fax:
      (904) 620-2988
Web Address: www.unf.edu/ccec/computing/
Email: computing@unf.edu   

Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

The School of Computing has primary responsibility for all computer-related instruction at UNF. For undergraduate students, the school offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Information Sciences with four separate programs:

  • Computer Science Program, specializing in systems and scientific software
  • Information Systems Program, emphasizing business application software with a business minor
  • Information Science Program, emphasizing application software with a minor other than business chosen from the UNF catalog
  • Information Technology Program, emphasizing planning, configuration and maintenance of computing infrastructure.

With all our programs, we expect our graduates to improve their communication skills, effectively collaborate, and conduct themselves professionally.

Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

For graduate students, the school offers the Master of Science degree in Computing and Information Sciences with three separate programs:

  • Computer Science Program, specializing in systems and scientific software
  • Information Systems Program, emphasizing software development and business practice
  • Software Engineering Program, emphasizing principles and techniques of software development.

These programs provide the opportunity for advanced study, laboratory work, and research in the computing field, to enhance graduate's opportunities for professional positions in industry or for further academic endeavors. 

Vision

The School of Computing seeks to provide a nationally and internationally recognized center of learning in the computer and information sciences, focusing on application of state-of-the-art computer technology, and supporting regional aspirations to excel in computer-related enterprise. Led by its faculty, and represented by its students, the School seeks to provide an educational atmosphere both intellectual and practical, extending the frontiers of knowledge to the betterment of humankind.

Mission

The School of Computing is dedicated to the promotion of an academically exciting and progressive intellectual climate, characterized by a superior program of instruction, peer-recognized scholarship, effective support services, and productive professional community involvement. In particular, the School is committed to offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs observing national standards, maintaining and expanding course offerings to keep pace with the rapid development of computer theory and computer technology. In recognition of its leadership position in the computer and information sciences, the School supports the need for instruction in computing as required by other University programs and advocates faculty participation in collaborative computer-related projects involving other professionals or colleagues. The vitality of the School is enhanced by encouraging ongoing faculty research and development, ultimately serving the instructional mission of the School and providing both Northeast Florida and the nation with a wellspring of knowledge and wisdom for the computer and information sciences.

Values

The School of Computing recognizes its responsibility towards establishing and supporting a strong ethical standard for both personal and societal use of computer technology, characterized by integrity and professionalism, without sacrificing openness and innovation. Given the School 's role in the education of future leaders for the development of the computer-related applications, particular value is placed on providing an environment characterized by a strong sense of professional responsibility, understanding of the larger issues involved in making a functional society, sensitivity to the concerns deriving from ethnic or gender differences, appreciation for the cultural contributions of others, and awareness of the potential effect of one's personal and professional conduct on others. The School seeks to provide a supportive, sensitive, academic environment wherein students, faculty, and staff alike feel both their individual and collective importance to the School.  

Expectations 

Students in the School of Computing expect faculty and staff: 

  • To be well prepared for class
  • To manage class time wisely
  • To provide thorough and prompt responses to questions and requests for information
  • To have and enforce policies fairly and consistently
  • To model civil behavior
  • To model honest and ethical behavior (academic integrity)
  • To assess/grade fairly and carefully
  • To keep student grades and other personal information confidential
  • To be sufficiently available through convenient office hours and technological sources of communication

The faculty and staff of the School of Computing expect students:

  • To treat the instructor and other students in the class with respect, civility, and dignity
  • To ask questions in good faith and in as clear a manner as possible
  • Not to distract others in class
  • To actively engage in class and School of Computing activities
  • To turn work in on time
  • Not to gossip about grades
  • To make a conscientious effort at their work 

Advisory Council for Computer and Information Sciences (ACCIS) 

This council is composed of approximately 25 persons from the business community who meet on a quarterly basis to advise the director on current industry trends in the computing and information sciences.

Student Organizations

Faculty from the School sponsor student chapters of ACM, AITP, IEEE-CS and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society in the Computing Sciences. These organizations provide students with important professional contact groups in Jacksonville and throughout the national computing community.  See the School of Computing web pages for more information.

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