University of Northern Iowa
Department of Computer Science
Student Learning Outcomes
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics
The Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary curriculum that
combines a set of core requirements with a set of elective courses in computer
science, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
The primary purpose of the Assessment Plan for the Bachelor of Science
Bioinformatics is to improve student learning and the effectiveness of the
program. The Student Outcomes Assessment is expected to provide insight into
our students’ strengths and weaknesses and to identify areas where
improvements in our program might be needed. This, in turn, will strengthen
the student learning experience and to improve teaching at the course and
program levels.
The Assessment Plan includes a set of measures that are suited to evaluate the
student's skills and knowledge of computation, biology, chemistry as well as the
knowledge of mathematical and statistical techniques in biological data analysis.
In particular, these measures aim at evaluating the students' ability to:

Design and perform experiments to collect biological data in order to test
hypotheses about biological processes

Choose and apply appropriate computational and mathematical techniques to
solve biological problems

Effectively communicate and present the results of the biological data analysis
among professionals from other disciplines
April 2010
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University of Northern Iowa Department of Computer Science Student Learning Outcomes