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Computer Science integrates varied Student-as-Practitioner activities into its major and minor. Each of these experiences expands student knowledge, reinforces learned or developing skills, and provides portfolio-based documented evidence for entry into the field. For example, students in Database Basics (CPS 210) create a functional database system that can assist other students in determining the most efficient pathway to graduation in four years. Students also partner with Lakeland’s Information Technology department to directly address and solve real-world problems requiring technical support. In other courses, students learn and demonstrate their ability to build, troubleshoot and repair computers; maintain and manage networks; and provide highly effective quality customer support using a wide variety of differing computing platforms, architectures, and systems level management philosophies. Students who enroll in Computer Organization (CPS 432) learn how to program CPU micro-chips and write code in assembly language. They then apply these skills by building robots and programming the robots to autonomously complete between one another.
Computer Science majors also begin working with real clients before they graduate from Lakeland. Database Management (CPS 440) and Systems Analysis and Design (CPS 445) students design, create and implement project-based real-world solutions for external clients. Examples have included developing an automated assessment results tracking system for the college’s biology department, developing and implementing a web-based transaction system for the local Boys and Girls Club, and developing a recruitment and tracking system for Lakeland’s Athletics Department.