The AC Minor first appeared in the 2014-2015 Academic Bulletin. In the two years since its implementation some students have encountered problems that must be addressed.
Problem 1: The AC Minor requirement that students choose one (1) of nine (9) tracks is overly restrictive without providing substantial benefit to AC minor students.
1. The Information Security and Privacy Track is not a feasible option for potential AC Minors. Appendix A presents the (unrealistic) set of additional prerequisites required for a university student to complete this AC Minor track. Specifically, this track requires students to take at minimum seven (7) courses in addition to the six (6) courses required for the track. This results in, at minimum, a 39-credit (as opposed to the advertised 18-credit) minor.
- Eliminate the Information Security and Privacy Track from the list of track options
- Eliminate CSCE 517, 522, 548, and 577 from the list of AC Minor course offerings. These courses require too many prerequisites outside of the AC Minor.
2. The remaining tracks are rigid in structure and do not provide students with the flexibility to complete the AC Minor in a timely manner, forcing students to request course substitutions (which are difficult to identify). In addition, some track paths will force students to take extra courses outside of the minor.
- For example, the 5 original tracks that involve ITEC courses require AC minors to take a specific 4-course sequence. However, some of these courses are offered for 1 section per year (ITEC 545, 562) or 1 section per 2 years (ITEC 570, 584); in addition, one course (ITEC 586) has not been offered at all (per the master schedule) in over two years. The limited availability and capacity of required courses in a rigid 4-course sequence leads to schedule conflicts for students trying to schedule courses required in their minor around courses required in their major.
- There is also limited availability of courses in the final 3 original tracks (related to GEOG, MART, and SLIS). For example, GEOG 341, 554; MART 571C; SLIS 301, 402, and 430 are offered only 1 semester each year. SLIS 435 is offered only once every two years. I am unable to find an offering of GEOG 565 in the last 2 years.
Given the limited offerings and capacity constraints of courses required by the original tracks, AC minors may not be able to complete the rigid track sequences in a timely manner.
Proposal 1B: Require AC Minors to take a core set of foundational courses and then allow minors to choose freely from a set of intermediate-level courses (most of which are offered every semester, preferably multiple sections per semester) and advanced-level courses. The minor will then recommend (but not require) tracks of courses related to a specific area of computing interest.
Problem 2: Some SLIS courses in the Applied Computing Minor have computing-related prerequisite courses (SLIS 201 and 202) that can and should be included in the minor. The exclusion of these courses make what should be an 18 credit hour minor into a 21 + credit hour minor for those interested in the SLIS Tracks.
Proposal 2: Add SLIS 201/202 to the Applied Computing Minor.
- SLIS 201 - Introduction to Information Science
- SLIS 202 - Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology
Problem 3: Departments involved in the AC Minor have suggested adding more courses to the list of options available. Theses courses (in addition to SLIS 201/202 noted above) include:
- GEOG 105 - The Digital Earth
- GEOG 551 - Principles of Remote Sensing
- GEOG 564 - GIS-Based Modeling
- ITEC 101 - Thriving in the Tech Age
- ITEC 233 - Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software Support
- ITEC 493 - IT Security for Managers
Proposal 3: Add these courses to the AC Minor.
Appendix A: Prerequisite Requirements for the Original Information Security and Privacy Track
The additional prerequisites (outside of the AC Minor) required to complete this track are highlighted in bold/red below.
All tracks of the minor begin with the following two fundamental courses
CSCE 101 - Introduction to Computer Concepts
CSCE 102 - General Applications Programming
The Information Security and Privacy Track requires the following 2 courses
CSCE 201 - Introduction to Computer Security (prereq or coreq CSCE 101)
CSCE 522 – Information Security Principles (prereq CSCE 311 or MGSC 596)
(Note: MGSC 596 was last offered in Spring 2015 – may be offered only every other Spring)
CSCE 311 Prerequisite CSCE 240, CSCE 210 or CSCE 212
CSCE 240 Prerequisites CSCE 215, grade of C or better in CSCE 146
CSCE 210 Prerequisites: CSCE 145, 204, 205, 206, or 207
CSCE 212 Prerequisites: CSCE 211 and either CSCE 145 or CSCE 206
CSCE 211 Prereq MATH 141
CSCE 145 Prereq/Coreq MATH 111 or MATH 115
CSCE 206 Prereq MATH 122 or MATH 141
The Information Security and Privacy Track requires any 2 the following 2 courses
CSCE 548 – Building Secure Software (prereq CSCE 215, CSCE 240, CSCE 510)
CSCE 557 – Introduction to Cryptography (prereq CSCE 145, MATH 241, and either CSCE 355 or MATH 574)
CSCE 355 Prereq CSCE 211, CSCE 212, CSCE 350
CSCE 350 Prereq CSCE 146; MATH 174 or MATH 374
CSCE 517 – Computer Crime and Forensics (Prereq CSCE 311)