Computers and computing technology provide almost miraculous tools capable of transforming every aspect of the modern world. The bachelor of Software-driven Systems Design degree focuses on the wise, creative, and humane use of those tools to solve critical problems. It prepares students to design, develop, deploy, manage, and evolve the complex computer and information-based systems that are essential to the efficient operation of modern society. The BSSD program is more applied and less theoretical than traditional computer science degrees, but is more intensive and technical than traditional management information systems degrees.
The Studio-Systems Development Team
The strength of the BSSD program centers on teamwork and involves a formal apprenticeship. Student apprentices spend time each week in the software studio, working on real world projects, while at the same time learning software development knowledge and theories. Work is performed in pairs and teams, so students understand teamwork that is so essential for success after school.
Students start by first working as a member, and then later, may become a leader of a professional project team. They are required to demonstrate mastery of knowledge by working with established professionals and peers to design and implement appropriate systems solutions to complex problems.
The Studio experience forces students to integrate and apply knowledge. Students forge lasting professional relationships with both mentors and peers, creating a professional network critical to success after graduation. These experiences provide a highly motivating learning environment.
Successful students must demonstrate competency, or achievement in software-driven systems design knowledge, theory and applications. These competencies are defined across a broad spectrum of software development knowledge and practice. Each competency has a seven-level measure of achievement:
vocabulary and concepts
work completed under supervision
work completed independently
work completed in novel context
can coach others
can mentor/teach others
makes an original contribution
Students earn a profile that becomes the basis of their personal reputation that shows their evolving achievement, or level, for the set of defined competencies.
Graduates of the program will have a transcript listing their professional credentials, and will also have a portfolio of professional achievements that demonstrate their competence in software-driven systems design. Graduates will be journeymen, rather than entry level employees.
The BSSD program is available at the main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and in Rio Rancho (available through distance education).
This major is under the School of Business, Media and Technology