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Curriculum Enhancement Grants

Curriculum Enhancement grants support faculty and institutions as they update and revise their curricula in computer science, computer engineering and management information systems and prepare for the national accreditation of these programs. 24 grants were awarded for $175,345. The institution, principal investigator, grant name, and amount awarded are listed below:


Berkshire Community College, Michael Pelle, JAVA-Based Curriculum, grant award: $8,000

Bridgewater State College, Torben Lorenzen, Computer Science Curriculum Revisions, grant award: $8,000

Bristol Community College, Janelle Arruda, Resources for Managing Networked Classroom Computers, grant award: $7,000

Bristol Community College, Priscilla Grocer, Programming Option via Distance Learning, grant award: $8,000

Cape Cod Community College, Gail Guarino, Web Site Design and Development Concentration, grant award: $8,000

Fitchburg State College, N.V.R Mahadev, Revamping the CS and CIS Curriculums, grant award: $12,000

Framingham State College, Suban Krishnamoorthy, CSAB Accreditation Curriculum Development & Related Work, grant award: $5,000

Greenfield Community College, Robert Schilling, JAVA, grant award: $6,000

Holyoke Community College, Casey Storozuk, A+, Novell, and NT Certification, grant award: $7,000

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Ernie Giangrande, Outside Evaluation of MCLA's Curriculum for CAC Information Systems Accreditation, grant award: $3,600

Middlesex Community College, Lynne Band, Computer Science Program Revisions, grant award: $8,500

Mount Wachusett Community College, Susan Taylor, JavaScript for Web Designers & Designing Web Graphics, grant award: $5,000

Mount Wachusett Community College, Tina Wilson, E-Commerce Systems, grant award: $6,500

North Shore Community College, Barbara Maccarone, Visual Basic for Applications, grant award: $4,445

Quinsigamond Community College, Adrian Comeaux, Computer Science Transfer Degree Program, grant award: $5,000

Roxbury Community College, Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor, Web Development with HTML, grant award: $5,000

Roxbury Community College, Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor, Computer Science Curriculum Revisions, grant award: $7,000

Salem State College, Joe Kasprzyk, Computer Science Course Revisions, grant award: $7,500

Springfield Technical Community College, Andrew Maynard, Internet Certification Course, grant award: $6,000

University of Massachusetts Boston, Colin Godfrey, Computer Science Revisions, grant award: $9,000

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Jan Bergandy, Laboratories for Java-Based Freshman Sequence of Programming Courses, grant award: $9,800

Westfield State College, James Carabetta, Establishment of a CSAB-Compliant Curriculum, grant award: $15000

Worcester State College, Aparna Mahadev, Revamping Computer Science Curriculum, grant award: $7,000

Worcester State College, Karl Wurst, Computer Science Lab, grant award: $7,000


Descriptions

Curriculum Enhancement Grants

JAVA Based Curriculum
Michael F. Pelle
Robert C. Taylor
$8000

The goal of this grant is to integrate JAVA into the Computer Information Systems Programs at Berkshire Community College. A JAVA based curriculum will better prepare our students for entry into the workforce. It will also permit students to continue to transfer to baccalaureate institutions, which are moving more toward a JAVA based curriculum. To this end we plan to provide resources for curriculum development for the teaching of JAVA as the primary language in the Computer Information Systems Programs (Business Option and Computer Science Option) at Berkshire Community College. The grant will provide funds for both development of new courses and revisions of existing courses. Courses to be developed will include but not be limited to CIS131: Computer Science I with Java and CIS132: Computer Science II with Java. Top

CS Curriculum Revisions
Torben Lorenzen
Bridgewater State College
$8000

Inclusion of Java in a computer science curriculum is becoming crucial both in terms of accreditation and keeping with market relevance. This grant will be used to revise Bridgewater's computer science curriculum by, replacing our two introductory courses in C++ ("Computer Science I and II") with courses in Java. These changes will be implemented in order to bring our current curriculum more in line with the CC2001 standards and enable Bridgewater State's program to receive national accreditation. The course materials will be available for free download from a web site and/ or will be burned into a CD. Top

Resources for Managing Networked Classroom Computers
Janelle C. Arruda
Bristol Community College
$7000

The expected outcome of this course/workshop is to provide educators with the ability to evaluate interactive and remote PC management needs in a networked computer classroom environment. They will also learn to install, configure and manage the remote management software. The course will begin by a discussion of the techniques available through existing software that will allow teachers to interactively manage the networked computers in a classroom. The evaluation component will allow participants to practice on applications from a select list of currently available programs. Their respective features will first be discussed and demonstrated. This course will be used as part of the proposed Technology Specialist Certificate program. It will be available to be taken for Professional Development Points (PDPs) for teachers in the K-12 arena. Top

Programming Option via Distance Learning
Priscilla Grocer
Janelle Arruda
Raymond Steele
Bristol Community College
$8000

The Computer Information Systems department is planning to make the Programming Option available on-line to facilitate the needs of many continuing students that find Distance Learning more compatible with their lives. The purpose of this particular grant is to develop three Distance Learning courses: Introduction to Computer Information Systems, Operating Systems and Hardware, Advanced Visual Basic. Top

Web Site Design and Development Concentration
Gail Guarino
Cape Cod Community College
$8,000

The grant will allow the capstone course of the new Web Site Design and Development concentration of the IT Program, Advanced Topics in Web Development, to be fully implemented. In this course, students build on existing Javascripting, Java programming, database, HTML; and DHTML skills. Using Extensible Markup Language (XML) and a web development program, students learn to develop enterprise and e-commerce web applications. Other topics include server-side scripting security issues and server management. Top

Revamping the CS and CIS Curriculums
N.V.R Mahadev
Fitchburg State College
$12,000

This grant was awarded for revamping both the CS and CIS programs at Fitchburg State College, in an effort to prepare the programs for CSAB accreditation. The following will be completed as part of this effort: a table will be created indicating courses taken each year (classified as core, advanced, math, science, general ed etc. for both the CS and CIS programs), a report will be written explaining how each of the CSAB curriculum standards will be met by each of these programs, and a general format will be developed and used in reporting course descriptions and syllabi for CSAB self-study. This format will also be used to create syllabi and descriptions for the CS required courses. Top

CSAB Accreditation Curriculum Development & Related Work
Suban Krishnamoorthy
David Keil
Mohideen Ibramsha
Jeff Gao
Conny Breuning
Framingham State College
$5000

The four-year Computer Science degree program at Framingham State College is not accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), at this time. The Board of Higher Education (BHE) has mandated that the program should be accredited within a few years. This grant will be used to do the following, in an effort to achieve accreditation: identify, collect, and understand CSAB requirements; review existing curriculum and develop or revise courses for the curriculum to meet the CSAB requirements; develop and revise courses to meet the fast changing industrial and community needs; evaluate non-curriculum CSAB requirements and work towards satisfying them; collect necessary information through various means including current student surveys, alumni surveys, and industrial contacts. This information will then be processed, with relevant attributes extracted and made use of to meet CSAB requirements, as well as to enhance CS curriculum beyond CSAB requirements. Processes will be put in place to ensure the continuation of accreditation. Top

JAVA
Robert Schilling
Greenfield Community College
$6000

The goal of this grant proposal is to develop a second-level Java programming course crafted to meet the needs of a Computer Science transfer option, as well as, Computer Information Systems and Web Site Management certificate majors. This second-level Java course would meet these needs by inclusion of the following items: review of object oriented design and programming; review of simple algorithm design, classic techniques for algorithm design and implementation, and abstraction and encapsulation through classic data structures; introduction to basic algorithmic analysis, and application of algorithm design techniques including formal methods of testing, recursion design technique, implementation and its relation to iteration; expanded coverage of Inheritance; introduction to Exceptions and I/O Streams; introduction to Graphical User Interfaces and GUI Design concepts. Top

A+, Novell, and NT Certification
Casey Storozuk
Holyoke Community College
$7000

This grant will be used to review, and update or revise current course offerings in the End User Support curriculum (Computer Science), at Holyoke Community College, in an effort to reflect the fast pace, ever changing technical computer environment. The main goals will be to explore curriculum relevancy to today's needs and demands in the marketplace. This will include: researching the currency of materials and course descriptions in our present curriculum, providing the students with clear career goals and the tools needed to achieve these goals, revising and/or implementing new courses and implementing new curriculum as needed. College wide goals will be to use this revision to meet the goals of the student, business/industry, Holyoke Community College, and the CIS Department by upgrading and utilizing existing resources on campus. Upon completion of their degree, our students will have the skills and knowledge needed to enter the computer job market or continue on in order to achieve a bachelor's degree. Students may also be eligible for an A+, Novell, or NT certifications. Top

Outside Evaluation of MCLA's Curriculum for CAC Information Systems Accreditation
Ernie Giangrande
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
$3600

MCLA has developed a new computing curriculum that focuses on Information Systems. This grant will be used to bring a consultant on campus to work with us to evaluate our curriculum, other aspects of our program, and the college, for the purpose of exploring the viability of attaining CAC Information Systems accreditation. The consultant's charge is to ascertain what changes or improvements we will still need to make in order to meet the accreditation requirements. We expect the consultant to spend two days on campus reviewing our curriculum, and meeting with and instructing the faculty, the administration, and other effected parties on campus about the accreditation process and what we need to do to prepare for a site visit in the future. Top

CS Program Revisions
Lynne Band
Middlesex Community College
$8500

The purpose of this grant is to satisfy two goals of Middlesex Community College (MCC): to maximize transferability of courses to four-year colleges and universities; and to respond to employer IT needs by training students in Java language. Under this grant, the Computer Science Transfer Program will be revised by going from a C-based to a Java-based curriculum. In place of the current three credits of Java- based course work, students will be required to complete 10 credits of Java-based course work. The Java Programming Language will be implemented into Programming II, Programming III, and Data Structures. In order to develop the expertise needed to revise the courses and offer multiple sections of each course, two MCC Computer Science faculty members will complete a three-course Java Sun Microsystems training program. As a result of the course revisions, students will be able to implement programs that demonstrate object-oriented programming techniques, proper data structure usage, and advanced programming concepts such as distributed computing, exception handling, event programming, sorting and searching algorithms. Top

JavaScript for Web Designers & Designing Web Graphics
Susan Taylor
Meg Gillis
Mount Wachusett Community College
$5000

Computer Information Systems and the Computer Graphic Design departments at Mount Wachusett Community College, will collaborate in the development of two new courses "JavaScript for Web Designers" and "Designing Web Graphics." A student that has skills in both design and development will be extremely valuable and marketable. The intent of this collaboration is to introduce these skills within the framework of the two-year CIS and CGD degree programs. More specifically, JavaScript for web designers will add web programming to the Computer Graphic Design curriculum, thus developing a student who has both design and development skills. Likewise, Designing Web Graphics will add design elements and principles to the Computer Information Systems curriculum. Top

E-Commerce Systems
Tina Wilson
Mount Wachusett Community College
$6,500

The "E-Commerce Systems" grant will be utilized to develop the specifics of a capstone course for the Computer Information Systems program at Mount Wachusett Community College. This three-credit course will cover the methods and techniques used to design and develop E-commerce systems. A major portion of the course will involve the creation of a virtual "store", which students will design, develop, implement and test. Students will learn the concepts and theories of business on the Internet through useful case studies and related research material. They will also learn practical, hands on approaches to developing their own E-Commerce web sites. Additionally, they will utilize further writing and presentation skills with items such as Business Plans, Product Support and Technical Documents. Finally, students will also gain experience with real work experiences in e-commerce web design, including working with potential clients, needs analysis, production strategies, evaluating appropriate production and design techniques and meeting deadlines. Top

Visual Basics for Applications
Barbara Maccarone
North Shore Community College
$4445

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a powerful programming language used to write programs to customize the applications in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook). Unlike the use of macros, which provide the facility for automating existing steps in an application, VBA provides the function of adding code to an application, which will provide functions that are not available in that application. This grant will provide the means to develop a course that will enable students to develop skills that will allow them to adapt applications created with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) using functions available in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Since so many applications in the marketplace are created using MS Office, there is a significant need for programmers to update these applications using VBA. Top

Computer Science Transfer Degree Program
Adrian Comeaux
Quinsigamond Community College
$5000

This CITI grant will be used to develop a new Computer Science Associates Degree program specifically tailored to serve as a feeder to four-year computer science degree programs at Massachusetts public and private colleges. Quinsigamond's Technology Division will, by Fall 2001, offer a comprehensive Computer Science curriculum from introductory-level courses to a seamless, no-credit-lost transition into any of the state four-year colleges or universities. This plan will benefit the state higher education system and regional business and industry by offering students who may not be accepted into a computer science program because their math or English skills are not yet at the university level, an opportunity to be successful. This program will also offer students a low-cost alternative for the first two years of a BSCS degree. Top

Web Development with HTML
Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor
Roxbury Community College
$5000

In an effort to meet student and industry demands for Internet technology and client/server applications, the CIS department proposes to introduce a new Web Master technology track within its Computer Information Systems AS degree. One of the courses being developed within this track is Web Development with HTML. This grant will be used for the development of this course. This course will include a study of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and the creation of effective web pages for use on the Internet. Students will explore the building blocks of the language, applying each facet of the course from concept to content of extensive web page development. The following are expected outcomes of this course: students will be prepared to take more rigorous web design courses, students will acquire transfer credits to four-year institutions, within the CIS department, students will design and maintain active web sites, students will enter the new Web Development Track CIS AS degree program, students will acquire more competitive IT skills and knowledge, and students will acquire IT related employment positions. Top

CS Curriculum Revisions
Chiso Ndukwe-Okafor
Roxbury Community College
$7000

This grant will be used to revise the current AA and AS degree offerings. The changes include a new Computer Science AA degree, introduction to pre-CIS developmental competences and a revision of the current CIS and MIS AS degrees to one CIS AS degree with several track options. These options may be: Network Administration, Web Development for E-Commerce, Computer Information Systems, and User Support Services. There will also be changes in the programming language requirements. New courses as well as existing ones will be designed to utilize an Object Oriented approach. Finally, all the courses in the department will be structured to meet industry certification standards, and ACM and CSAB recommended guidelines where necessary. The focus of the revision is not only to meet the department/school's commitment to providing quality education to its students, but also to produce competitive and comparable programs that will make transition into either four-year institutions or the industry much easier for the student. Articulation agreements and an industry commitment/advisory board is going to be part of the departments restructuring process. These proposed changes will be presented to the Curriculum Committee for pre-approval spring 2001, with expected implementation of curriculum to continue through to the spring of 2002. Top

CS Course Revisions
Joseph Kasprzyk
Ronald H. Klausewitz
Robert Briney
Salem State College
$7500

This grant will fund the modernization of the Computer Science Curriculum, giving our students an education based upon state-of-the-art object-oriented methodologies and technology. Revision of courses will allow the department to re-examine the goals and objectives of our courses in the context of both current professional standards and industry requirements, and will allow us to more effectively integrate the learning experiences of our students. The focus of our revisions will be to switch from our current object-oriented programming language Ada, to that of Java. It is a more widely-used tool, and, via its extensive set of libraries, supports a wide range of intermediate to advanced topics that Ada does not. We propose to redesign the core courses to take advantage of Java's OO strengths and to provide a strong development background that students can use directly in more advanced and/or specialized courses. The completed revision process should allow us to pursue articulation agreements with two-year institutions who have embraced current standards, allowing students to transfer seamlessly to Salem State. Top

Internet Certification Course
Andrew Maynard
Springfield Technical Community College
$6000

The purpose of this grant is to create a course that will teach the fundamentals of Internet Technologies and prepare students for the Internet Certification exam. This course will provide students with an overview of the concepts and technologies related to the Internet. It will also help to develop student understanding of the following: utilization of the Internet to promote business goals ( e-commerce); web site content, design and information architecture ( HTML); programming for the Internet; internet access, internet infrastructure and networking, internet security; internet connectivity and clients ( ISDN, dial-up, leased lines, setting up clients); troubleshooting operating systems, browsers servers and TCP/IP problems that relate to the Internet. Top

Computer Science Revisions
Colin Godfrey
University of Massachusetts Boston
$9000

The goal of this project is to begin to develop a sequence of courses that cover the basics of networking, from standards and protocols, to implementation details, to more detailed courses that cover web applications, client/server computing, network security, network management, and wireless computing. Working from the recently released Ironman report of the Computing Curriculum 2001 (CC2001) steering committee, we will produce a series of courses that cover the core through the intermediate and on to the advanced subjects in these areas. More specifically, two undergraduate computer science courses will be developed to introduce networking and distributed computing issues to our undergraduate curriculum. This will include standards and protocols, implementations in Unix and other environments, client server computing, web applications, network security, wireless networks, and network management. Top

Laboratories for a Java-based Sequence of Introductory Programming
Courses
Jan Bergandy, UMass - Dartmouth
Paul Bergstein, UMass - Dartmouth
$9,800

Professors Bergandy and Bergstein will develop a set of 24 Java-based
laboratory exercises for introductory programming courses at UMass-Dartmouth. These labs will engage students in solving realistic problems from the outset, introduce a significant design component early in the curriculum, develop students' understanding and appreciation of the object-oriented paradigm, component based software design, and fundamentals of object-oriented software engineering. Once developed, these labs can offer other higher ed faculty access to easily accessible, well documented, and consistently packaged exercises. Top

Establishment of a CSAB-Compliant Computer Science Curriculum
James Carabetta
Westfield State College
$15,000

This project seeks to modify and enhance the computer science curriculum at Westfield State to meet CSAB's national accreditation standards. Activities subsumed under this project include the creation of three new courses and the revision of two current courses to meet CSAB's requirements. These courses will also be prepared for governance action at Westfield State College. Many of the activities in this project were identified by a CSAB-consultant who has reviewed the Westfield state computer science program and made recommendations for new courses and enhancements. Top

Revamping the CS Curriculum
Aparna Mahadev
Karl Wurst
Dale Fish
Paul Chiasson
Worcester State College
$7000

Revamping the CS curriculum is an important priority at Worcester State College. With the aid of this CITI grant, this will be achieved through the following efforts: for every course in the major, state the objectives of the course, and come up with a description of concepts it covers as mentioned in Computing Curricula 2001; once the initial study and planning is done, during the fall 2001 semester, undertake the implementation phase. This phase will include: modifying or deleting existing courses if needed to meet CC 2001 guidelines; introduce new courses if needed, to cover any deficiencies; develop a detailed syllabus for each course outlining concepts from CC 2001. Top

Computer Science Lab
Karl Wurst
Dale Fish
Worcester State College
$7000

The purpose of this grant is to add a laboratory component to our introductory CS course. Adding this component is expected to improve student understanding and retention. A closed, supportive laboratory environment with the instructor and peer instructors, available for assistance, will increase the comfort and confidence level of the students. This in turn will improve their performance on assignments completed outside of the laboratory. A collection of 14 two-hour laboratory assignments will be developed for our introductory CS course, which is currently using Java. The laboratory assignment topics will include: Familiarization with tools and environment, The difference between objects and classes, Object instantiation and method calls, Modification of existing methods, Development and coding of methods, Development and coding of classes, Selection structures, Looping structures, Applets, Data types, and Arrays. Top

   


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