Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Meeting Minutes Wednesday 9/21/2005 by A. Ford, Chair
Attending: Ken Baldauf, Daniel Chang, Ann Ford, Steve Leach,
Daniel Schwartz, Betty Stanton, David Whalley
Several ideas about CDA 4503, Introduction to Computer Networks, proposed by
Alec Yasinsac, Mike Burmeister, and Breno de Medeiros were discussed. The
idea to require CDA 4503 as a core requirement in the CS program did not receive
support at this meeting. It was determined that the course would remain as
an elective. Another proposal, which was to guarantee that the course be
offered once a year, cannot be implemented. Dave Whalley stated that it is
not possible to make such a guarantee and that the course will be offered
whenever demand exists for it. The enrollment in this course in the Fall 2005
semester is 6 students.
Dave Whalley's charge to the committee to propose new service courses that
would be popular for nonmajors was discussed. The goal is to increase
enrollment in department courses. Several ideas were discussed re increasing
- Talk to Alec about offering a basic security course for nonmajors.
For example this could cover working safely on the web, computer
forensics, protecting your computer from viral and other threats, etc.
This course would have minimal prerequisites. There is a course being
offered now, CIS 4360, Introduction to Computer Security, but it is at a higher level
of rigor and is
geared for majors. Ken Baldauf said that the School of Information/IT
may be working on developing such a course for university wide enrollment.
- Propose a CS course as a college requirement. For example, perhaps
COP 3502 (nonmajors) could serve this role.
- Offer a basic database course. Greg Riccardi taught one at one
it is still on the books as COP 2721, Introduction to Database Systems and
Internet Services. Students like to learn about areas they
think will be appealing on their resumes when applying for jobs.
- Survey nonmajor students in courses like literacy, CGS 3408 and COP
3502. Ask them what they are interested in and what courses related to
computing they would be likely to want to take from us. Daniel Chang
planned to write a survey and after review Ken Baldauf offered to implement
the survey on the web. They will take a look at the list of courses
our majors requested last spring term in an informal survey taken by Ann
Ford and Steve Leach as partial input.
- Poll Deans - what computing course would they support from us?
What do they think the students need?
- The CS minor was discussed. Would it make sense to change the
minor to attract more students? Minors might like to take
courses like advanced literacy, intro to security, and using databases.
To test the waters, it was suggested that we make advanced computer literacy
a requirement in the minor. This would increase enrollments in that
course. Steve and Ken will investigate what the current number
of minors is in the department and discuss enrollment issues before
considering this further. For future discussion: what is the goal of
the minor and what should the goal be?
- The idea of marketing our courses to attract more students was
discussed. Ken said he had used campus-wide flyer posting to advertise
his courses, and that it worked well. Betty Stanton said that the
Preview program, in which department reps meet with parents and students who
have multiple college acceptance offers and are trying to decide about FSU,
could be used as a place to create interest and recruit. Ann Ford
suggested that the department could hold an "open house" in a large
auditorium for already enrolled students, widely announced to students and
advisors, and serve something like cider and doughnuts while having CS reps
discuss the program, courses, etc. Betty Stanton also said that the
word can be spread to advisors by Cassie Alexander, who goes to the college
"Advising First" meetings once a month. Cassie could present
a marketing talk on whatever it is we would like to attract students to at a
- Daniel Chang has been working on changing the nonmajors section of COP 3502
this term to
make it more fun and interesting for nonmajors. There was concern
expressed that it may have too much overlap with the advanced literacy
course and Ken
and Daniel will meet to discuss that.
- We all agreed that marketing, i.e. enthusiastic efforts to attract
students, are needed to bring up enrollments.