Currently, computer scientists do not need professional certificates for applying for jobs although many organizations have introduced several specific-purpose certificates. In Thailand, most professional certificates are granted by authorities in the field. Nowadays, there is still a controversy whether theses authorized committees should involve in the curriculum design process or they should act as the third parties in quality assurance process. In designing a current curriculum of Bachelor of Science (BSc) program in Computer Science at Prince of Songkla University (PSU), PSU-BSc-CS-2017, the objectives of outcome-based learning were mainly concerned. Therefore, this new curriculum has included the course 344-493: Comprehensive Review and Test for Computer Scientists. The main objectives of this course are (1) to prepare the fourth-year students for job recruitment by self-learning and practice, (2) to assess their knowledge and skills in computing at the end of their BSc program in order to give useful information to stakeholders, and (3) to examine the students’ performances in the same manner as an exit examination. Hence, in our preliminary investigation, we started to get some important information from the groups of students who will adopt the course 344-493 called Group-A and who will not adopt the course 344-493 called Group-B. The thirty-nine second-year students were selected as Group-A and the forty-nine forth-year students were selected as Group-B. The results from our preliminary investigation show that only 31% know about professional certificates. Around 54% averaged from students in Group-A and Group-B agree with having the course 344-493 in the curriculum.
Amnart Pohthong, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Chouvanee Srivisal, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Nithi Thanon, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Stream: Higher education
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