THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPUTER STUDIES IN THE CURRICULUM
Computer studies is about how computers compute. It is not about learning how to use
the computer, and it is much more than computer programming. Computer studies is
the study of ways of representing objects and processes. It involves defining problems;
analyzing problems; designing solutions; and developing, testing, and maintaining
programs. For the purposes of this document, the term computer studies refers to the
study of computer science, meaning computer and algorithmic processes, including
their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their
impact on society. The major focus of these courses is the development of programming
skills, which are important for success in future postsecondary studies.
Computer studies is relevant for all students because it incorporates a broad range of
transferable problem-solving skills and techniques, including logical thinking, creative
design, synthesis, and evaluation. It also teaches generically useful skills in such areas
as communication, time management, organization, and teamwork. Students live in a
technologically rich world, and computer studies will provide them with the knowledge
and skills to understand the underpinnings of current computer technology and
prepare them for emerging technologies. A foundation in this discipline will introduce
students to the excitement and opportunities afforded by this dynamic field and will
begin to prepare them for a range of rewarding careers.
The computer studies program will build a strong foundation for those who wish to move
on to further study and training in specialized areas such as computer programming,
database analysis, computer science, education, computer engineering, software engineering,
information technology, and game development.