The Cyber Sciences Learning Outcomes Committee will develop learning outcomes which characterize the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained by students in an undergraduate cyber sciences program. The committee will build upon previous works to define related bodies of knowledge and seek diverse perspectives to build an interdisciplinary set of learning outcomes which broadly define cyber sciences education at the undergraduate level.
The primary objective of this effort is to provide the cyber education community with useful guidance on developing cyber science curricula. The outcomes developed will also be used to guide the development of criteria for cyber science program accreditation. To this end, the committee will coordinate its efforts with the Cyber Sciences Accreditation Committee. Ultimately the work of the committee should lead to cyber curricular guidance formally endorsed by a professional society such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
The committee will meet initially in Columbia, Maryland on 4-5 November 2014 and seek additional membership from those attending the concurrent Cyber CAE and NICE Workshop meetings. The committee will see broad participation from academia, industry, and government. After virtual meetings to set specific goals, identify content area leads, and begin development of outcomes, the committee will meet face-to-face in the spring of 2015 to develop a draft of learning outcomes. The draft outcomes will be discussed at the next Cyber Education Project workshop and distributed broadly for comment in the fall of 2015. The committee will target completion and publication of a report documenting the undergraduate learning outcomes in the spring of 2016.