Computer Science Pathways STEM (formerly Programming and Software Development)

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Program Description
Computer Science Pathways immerses students in the dynamic world of computer science with hands-on learning experiences encompassing a wide array of critical skills and coursework including: Computer Logic & IT Fundamentals, Object-Oriented Programming, Web Design/Development and Interactive Application Development. This CTE program provides a gateway for further studies at the post-secondary level, and also offers opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials, equipping graduates with practical skills and certifications for success in the tech industry. No prior computer programming experience is required. College Credit and Career Pathway availability. For more information, see the Compact Career Catalog.

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Skills Necessary for Success
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong mathematics and logical skills
  • Disciplined self-starter and follow directions
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Logical thinker who pays attention to detail
  • Patience to follow through on tasks
Professional Pathways
  • Applications analyst
  • Software application specialist
  • Software design/tester/engineer
  • Computer & information systems
  • Computer programmer
  • Computer scientist/engineer
  • Computer support specialist
  • Database specialist
  • Game/mobile app developer
  • Web design/developer
  • Experience with prior computer science courses would be helpful
  • Excellent attendance record
  • Strong math/algebra skills
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Post-Secondary Opportunities
See Career Catalog Pages 37-40 for details.
Foundational Skills
  • Computer programming principles
  • Software Development
  • Information technology
  • Software applications
  • Website Development
  • Computer logic
  • Database Development
Possible Post-Secondary Majors
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Software Development
  • Web Development
  • Game Development
  • IT industry credentials may be available
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Two years (three periods per day)
SCHOOL: Stow Munroe Falls

  • Level I: Computer Logic & IT Fundamentals, 1.5 cr. (5.0); Object Oriented Programming ,1.5 cr.  (5.0); Enriched English 11 1 cr. (4.0)
  • Level II: Web Design/Development, 1.5 cr. (5.0); Interactive Application Development 1.5 cr. (5.0); Enriched English 12 1 cr. (4.0); Capstone-Information Technologies 1 cr. (4.0).

REQUIRED CAPSTONE:  IT industry credentials are available.

Computer Logic & IT Fundamentals (1.5 credit) (Year 1-Semester 1)

Students will learn about information technology/computer concepts including history, security, and societal issues in computing as well as input/output systems, computer hardware, networking and operating systems and software.  Student will also learn the basic units of logic: sequence, selection and looping and will apply algorithmic solutions to problem-domain scenarios using commercial and open source applications.

Object Oriented Programming (1.5 credit) (Year 1-Semester 2)

Students will learn to represent programming concepts as “objects” that have data fields and associated procedures known as methods.  Students will implement classes such as support static, instance method, inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, and object serialization. Commercial and open source programs and applications will be used.

Web Development (1.5 credit) (Year 2-Semester 1)

Students will learn the dynamics of the Web environment with an in-depth study of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3), and JavaScript.  Students will create websites with tag text elements, special characters, lines, graphics, hypertext links, and graphical grids while addressing web-based protocols and scripting.

Interactive Application Development (1.5 credit) (Year 2-Semester 2)

Students will learn skills to support and create interactive and engaging components for web and standalone interactive applications. Using commercial and open source programs and applications, students will master web interactivity with advanced techniques including JavaScript and Structured Query Language (SQL).

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