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Howdy hackers,

The following is a summary of the major items discussed during the  
CSSA curriculum
meeting. Please reply to these suggestions by changing the items you  
support to [+] and
the items you don't support to [-]:

If there's enough participation and people agree with the basic  
format, I will send this
email out to the entire CS undergrad listserv.

*Administrative*
[-] I would be interested in attending a CS faculty curriculum meeting.

*Department*
[+] We should offer two concentrations for CS degrees:
1. Computer Science: Pure (theory)
2. Computer Science: Software Engineering (hybrid)

[+] More 200 level classes:
Past course have included: wireless sensors, compilers, stochastic  
processes...
-Network security and web application security.

[+] More interdisciplinary topics:
(This means applications of CS in other fields)
-Geoinformatics, etc?

*Courses*
[-] GNU Linux and Unix!
Want to get your feet wet with GNU Linux? Learn about the Linux kernel  
and GNU Linux
based OS's. What are the differences? What is Linux good for? Learn  
how to use the
command line, understand and change file permissions, compare file  
systems, and explore
GNU services and utilities.

-Linux/Unix SA and networking would be good though.

[-] Low level programming (CS cross-listed as EE)
Low level and hardware programming using a language like C.
Keywords: embedded devices, micro-controllers, device drivers, basics of EE.

[+] Advanced Web programming:
Course dealing with (1) html, (2) css, (3) javascript, (4) databases,  
and (5) scripting
languages.

[+] Year 1 Seminar - 1 credit:
What is CS v. SE v. CE v. EE, types of CS problems, jobs, hot topics

[+] Year 2 Seminar - 1 credit:
Discussion of interdisciplinary applications: Quantum computing,  
bioinformatics, ecology,
(guidance for choosing 200 level classes)

[+] Year 3 Seminar - 1 credit:
Group software projects and language exploration; discussions and  
presentations.
Interfaces, languages, APIs, CASE tools, Software Licenses

[+] Year 4 Seminar - 1 credit:
Hot jobs, resume building, workshops, guest speakers from local companies

*Feedback*
Please provide feedback or additional notes here, if you care to.

Can't wait to hear your feedback!

Sincerely,
- Michael E. Karpeles

-- 
CSSA President & Treasurer
Proud ACM Affiliate
www.uvm.edu/~mkarpele