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Operations research: broadening computer science in a liberal arts college

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dc.contributor.author Anthony, Barbara M.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-13T19:34:45Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-13T19:34:45Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation SIGCSE '12: Proceedings of the 43rd ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education February 2012, pp 463–468https://doi.org/10.1145/2157136.2157271 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11214/240
dc.description.abstract Operations research, while not traditionally taught at many small or liberal arts colleges, can be a significant asset to the offerings of a computer science department. Often seen as a discipline at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, business, and engineering, it has great interdisciplinary potential and practical appeal, allowing for recruitment of students who may not consider taking a CS0 or CS1 course. A special topics course in operations research was offered by the computer science department at Southwestern University as an upper-level elective, and it was also cross-listed as a business and mathematics elective. Not only did the course benefit computer science majors who appreciated the applications and different perspectives, but it provided a means for the department to serve a wider population, increased interdisciplinary education, and resulted in a filled-to-capacity upper-level course in computer science for the first time in recent memory. This course is now being considered as a permanent elective that will interest computer science majors and minors as well as draw in students from disciplines across campus. For departments with limited faculty resources for teaching non-major courses, offering an operations research course provides an alternative that simultaneously serves the department and the campus as a whole. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SIGCSE en_US
dc.subject Operations research en_US
dc.subject Computing education en_US
dc.title Operations research: broadening computer science in a liberal arts college en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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