LEARNING OUTCOMES ON THE STUDY PROGRAMME LEVEL
When preparing the study programme, the learning outcomes and educational objectives paradigm was used, as recommended by the Bologna Declaration. The recommendations from the SOCRATES European network were used when designing the catalogue of knowledge, and the ASIIN accreditation recommendations were met within the scope of more applied oriented IT programmes specializing in the field of computer engineering (SSC 04, Type 2). When defining particular learning outcomes, outcome level descriptors have been respected (both EHEA Framework Dublin descriptors and the Baseline of the Croatian Qualification Framework).
A) OVERVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES ON THE STUDY PROGRAMME LEVEL
Educational objectives represent the “desires” of the educational institution embedded in the educational programme. They provide potential employers with the knowledge of what a student will know when they complete the study, as the application of learning outcomes ensures the testing of the successful acquisition of the educational objectives. This does not make the approach unusable or unnecessary considering that it provides a strategic profiling of the study from the perspective of the educational institution, and does so compactly and clearly in a singular document. The educational objectives are integrated in the study programme courses, and are provided here so students and employers could gain a broad insight into the basic tenets of the specialist graduate professional study. The educational objectives are:
- To build students’ understanding and ability to independently apply contemporary theories, concepts, methods and practices in the field of computer engineering, with a special focus on the ability to independently use specific computer tools, platforms and methodologies,
- To ensure analytical knowledge and an approach based on mathematics and theoretical knowledge required for solving unusual, incompletely defined or confusing problems in the field of applied computer engineering,
- To develop critical thinking based on understanding the best methods, solutions and practices in the field of applied computer engineering,
- To provide complete knowledge of the field: analyses and designs of software solutions, IT systems implementation, complex computer networks, computer security and multimedia computing (depending on specialization),
- To train students to combine knowledge from various fields in order to be able to deal with complex and interdisciplinary problems within the profession,
- To build an understanding of how information systems, information technology, and the business and social environments influence each other regarding infrastructure and a wider context,
- To provide students with the knowledge that will both ensure their understanding of the current state of computer engineering, and serve as a basis for innovative thinking, observing new achievements, and developing innovative solutions,
- To ensure that students become independent and responsible, and to teach them the value of respecting and using business and professional standards,
- To provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and manage projects, as well as coordinate teams using widely accepted methodologies and models for resource, budget and risk management,
- To raise students’ awareness and motivation for further learning and professional development in the field of computer engineering and in interdisciplinary fields related to their workplace requirements.
B) LEARNING OUTCOMES ON THE STUDY PROGRAMME LEVEL
The learning outcomes of the study programme are directly connected with the learning outcomes of particular courses, and they do not represent just the desires of the educational institution, but also the tested knowledge and educational achievements attained by successfully completing the programme. The minimal and desired learning outcomes are defined for the study programme and each course. Each student who graduates will achieve the minimal learning outcomes. Excellent students will achieve the desired outcomes. Particular desired outcomes differ from minimal outcomes only by a student’s success in terms of grade, not by the scope of the knowledge and skills defined by the learning outcome.
Students who graduate with a grade less than excellent will achieve the learning outcomes between minimal and desired, and the diploma supplement will clearly show to what degree the student has acquired each learning outcome for each course. On the educational programme level, only the minimal learning outcomes will be shown, i.e. the abilities each professional computer engineering specialist must have.
Upon the successful completion of the study, each student will be able, regardless of sub-specialization:
- To evaluate and analyze complex and insufficiently defined problems in their field of expertise by using the concepts in information theory, applied mathematical theory, and the best engineering practices,
- To propose innovative solutions in the field of applied computing through critical analysis and evaluation of current knowledge, models, and solutions in the profession, by applying “best practices solutions” as well as established and modified problem cases,
- To apply complex research and analysis methods in order to determined detailed user or organisational demands for IT solutions or systems,
- To recognize, analyze, and elaborate on the problems regarding the application, improvement and implementation of existing IT systems in a wider business context, and to propose adequate solutions,
- To manage relations with users and team members by recognizing potential sources for conflicts and misunderstandings, and to proactively and efficiently act on deterring them,
- To design, prepare, and manage the implementation of developmental projects in the field of applied computing by using widely accepted methodologies while bearing in mind available resources, budget and risks,
- To be aware of business, organizational and sociological aspects of planning, designing and applying IT systems, and their impact on the environment (the users, organization, and society),
- To evaluate an entrepreneurial idea and propose adequate business and organisational conditions for its realization,
- To proactively manage their own professional and personal development, and to acquire new knowledge and skills in different environments and contexts (for example through successful and unsuccessful projects, continuous independent learning, following scientific and technological advances, additional education, etc.),
- To independently plan and manage IT projects within the limits of available resources, by taking responsibility for personal and team assignments in unpredictable business conditions and environments,
- To independently design a relevant final project by taking into consideration the set requirements and standards, and applying modern technologies, tools and methodologies.
Specialist study, Computer games development sub-specialization:
- To know the basic concepts of 3D modeling and texturing and using modern computer applications to create 3D models, applicable in the development of computer games,
- To know the process of designing and planning computer games, from the basic idea, through the detailed development of the scenario and the course of the game to the way of monetization, distribution and licensing,
- To be able to build a computer 2D and 3D game according to the default project document, using the existing framework for developing and running computer games,
- To know the physical concepts important to computer games and to know how to use them in a convenient way.
- Design and implement decision-making in computer games by computer-controlled agents,
- Define the specifics of computer games adapted to virtual and expanded reality and suggest changes that need to be made in the existing game to adapt it to a virtual and expanded environment,
- Design and implement a computer game so it can be played by multiple players, using a local or remote network, including persistent online worlds that support a large number of players.
These specialized learning outcomes are available through all existing courses that are developed for a specific orientation.