Date Approved

5-1-1995

Embargo Period

9-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Computer Science Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sooy, John

Subject(s)

Community colleges--Curricula; Computer science--Study and teaching (Higher)

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the sufficiency of the Computer Studies curriculum at Camden County College in meeting the needs of its local job market.

A questionnaire was distributed to 106 computer-based businesses in southern New Jersey, northern Delaware, and the greater Philadelphia area. The purpose of the survey was twofold. it was first necessary to ascertain whether or not these businesses would hire individuals possessing an associate's degree in Computer Science and if so, how many such positions might they have available in any given year. The survey then questioned respondents about the individual needs of their organization with regard to entry level positions in the areas of software design and implementation. Fifty-seven, 54 percent, of the surveys were completed and returned.

The researcher also investigated several areas of rapidly changing technology which included CASE Tool Technology, Object-Oriented Programming, Client/Server Systems, Hypermedia, Database Programming, and Graphical User interface.

The survey results coupled with the author's literary search led to the conclusion that Camden County College should update its Computer Studies program and that faculty and administrators must be aware of the need to continually modify this curriculum as the technology evolves.

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