Technology has become an indispensable part of our lives, and we have become addicted to technology. This may give the impression that we are now in command of technology and science more than ever before. But how accurate is it? There is a danger pertinent to technology addiction: it may limit thinking, invention, and creativity, and eventually weaken the power of science and technology production. Thus, the mission of a faculty of engineering should be to transform our youth from technology users to technology creators in the vast ocean of technology. Engineers we foster must know that at least half of the knowledge and skills they need to create the mobile phone they hold in their hands actually rests in their own minds. Their grounded self-confidence and accumulation of knowledge is surely to make a difference in their future entrepreneurial pursuits and their accession to the academic world through scientific production. It should be known that behind every successful technological initiative lies individuals who have adopted accumulation of knowledge, hard work, and rational thinking as their primary principles. Contrary to popular thinking, “a good idea” is never enough to create a tech giant on its own. With these in mind, we teach our students that learning, questioning, and analyzing are the key modes of thinking. While we do that, we also prepare them as entrepreneurial engineers, help them be integrated with the industry, and discover our students who wish to pursue an academic career at an earlier stage to steer them to the right course.
Undergraduate Program in Computer Science welcomed its first students in September 2010. The first structuring of the curriculum was carried out under the guidance of ABET and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) criterion with the examination of leading computer science schools in the world and Turkey, by remarks of all stakeholders and consultants. Our Department also includes Bologna standards in its structures. In the light of a new assessment phase conducted in 2014, we decided to be reviewed by MÜDEK (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs)
Our graduates will be able to
- work as computer engineers, researchers or managers in national or international companies,
- pursue master's or doctoral degrees in computer science, or a related field, in graduate schools worldwide, and eventually hold faculty positions in academia, and
- develop new products based on advances in computer science and/or start new high-tech companies.
Our students will acquire the below knowledge, abilities and behaviors by the time of their graduation.
1. Ability to communicate effectively and write and present a report in Turkish and English.
2. Ability to work individually, and in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams.
3. Recognition of the need for life-long learning and ability to access information, follow developments in science and technology, and continually reinvent oneself.
4. Knowledge of project management, risk management, innovation and change management, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
5. Awareness of sectors and the ability to prepare a business plan.
6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and demonstrating ethical behavior.
Faculty of Engineering Specific Outcomes
7. Knowledge of engineering problems of the era, global and societal impact of engineering solutions on health, environment and safety and their legal consequences.
8. Knowledge of current engineering applications and standards used in engineering applications.
9. Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems and the ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
10. Ability to design a complex system, process, device or product to meet desired needs within realistic constraints and conditions by employing modern design tools.
11. Ability to develop, select and employ modern techniques and tools and use information and communication technologies needed for engineering practice.
12. Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data and analyze and interpret results for investigating engineering problems.
Computer Science Specific Outcomes
13. Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science, and subjects about computer science and the ability to use this knowledge to solve complex engineering problems.
14. Knowledge of advanced mathematics including differential equations, integral calculus, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.
15. Knowledge of mathematics, natural science, computer science and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software and systems containing hardware and software components.
16. Knowledge of probability and statistics including computer science applications.
17. Breadth of knowledge in computer science encompassing data structures and algorithms, programming languages, database management systems, operating systems, analysis of algorithms and automata theory and formal languages.
18. Depth of knowledge in one of computer science areas of computer networks, software engineering, computer vision artificial intelligence or computer architecture and embedded systems.