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Last approved: Wed, 28 Jun 2023 03:11:06 GMT

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Summer 2023
Theoretical Computer Science Microcredential
Belinda Sykes (Office of the Registrar, Catalog & Curriculum Coordinator)
Engineering (16)
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Other Request


Early Alert


These questions are designed to produce the equivalent of a 2-page summary of the proposed program that can be used to create an Early Alert document that will be submitted to the Statewide Provosts Council.
4. What is the anticipated enrollment (Fall Term headcount) at the launch of the program and the planned goals for 5 and 10 years out?

Create, Change or Terminate a College or Academic Unit


Executive Summary





Curriculum Mapping


Objectives, Functions, and Activities






Strategic Plan


External Impacts





New Subject Code



The proposed course designator should have an identified purpose within the curricular structure of Oregon State University.


Responsibility for the integrity and oversight of the proposed course designator should be clearly identified.


Who will benefit from the new course designator, and what changes will result from its implementation.

Mass Subject Code Change


Change College Requirements (Obsolete)



Microcredential Request

General Information

Theoretical Computer Science
Chris Hundhausen, Associate School Head for Online,

Description and Requirements

This is the advanced microcredential to build upon the Fundamentals of Programming microcredential already offered via Ecampus. This will allow students to continue to advance their computer science knowledge and skills within the area of programming.
CS 321: Every Fall and Spring
CS 325 Every term
CS 381: Every Fall and Spring
The prerequisites would be fulfilled with the Fundamentals of Programming microcredential. This is an advanced microcredential to build upon the previous microcredential being offered.


Grammars and automata as models of computation
CS 321
Correctness of Algorithms
CS 325
Functional programming techniques
CS 381
Equivalency of models of computation - CS 321
Church-Turing thesis - CS 321
Undecidability - CS 321
Recurrence relations - CS 325
Divide-and-conquer algorithm - CS 325
Dynamic Programming - CS 325, CS 381
Graph Problems - CS 325

Strategic Plan

Preeminence in Research, Scholarship, and Innovation
Transformative Education that is Accessible to All Learners
Significant and Visible Impact in Oregon and Beyond
A Culture of Belonging, Collaboration, and Innovation
This is supporting the continued education and advancement of current employees, future employees in the field of computer science/software programming. Offering this condensed program in a microcredential format allows a myriad of learners to seek the knowledge and skills needed in order to be successful in this industry which is understaffed. Learning such skills will increase socioeconomic status and raise the living wage for the learner while creating new opportunities for them to be employed.

Administrative Resources


Request to Retain a Course

Course Details

Memorandum of Understanding

MOU for Offering an Existing Academic Program at a Different Physical Campus


Program Coordination Requirements

OSU-Cascades leadership and the College Dean agree that there is sufficient coordination of the program between all campuses offering the program.

Both (all) campuses agree that the following individuals are appointed as the primary lead for program development coordination, unless otherwise notified of an alternate:

Course Delivery

Program Maintenance

A major factor in continued excellence is the maintenance and refreshment of courses and the program. As part of maintenance, the College and any campus offering the program commit to the following:


Partnership Agreement

CIP Code Change

Is this a STEM CIP?

Is this a STEM CIP?


Alternative Summative Assessment

Alternative Summative Assessments (ASA) are a substitution for the committee-driven oral exam present in most MA/MS degrees. The ASA should provide similar insights as the oral exam into the program and graduate learning outcomes.


Is the student assigned a traditional three-graduate-faculty member committee?


Statement of Intent



Proposed Course Details

Are you proposing more than one CoreEd course in this form?

Is this a new OSU course?

Is this course part of a College of Science series?

Is this a Common Course Numbered (CCN) course?

Additional Courses

Prerequisites and Restrictions





Faculty (Re)Designing The Course/s


In-person and Hybrid Courses


Ecampus Courses


Ecampus and Other Locations


WIC Courses


DPO Courses


Admin Use Only

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