A Co-taught, Client-based Course Sequence Integrating Computer Science and Technical Communication
Keywords:Linked Courses, Integrated Courses, Client-based Projects, Computer Science, Technical Communication, Stakeholders, Collaboration,, Interdisciplinarity, Sustainability
This case study characterizes a client-based, capstone program integrating computer science (CS) and technical communication (TC). The interdisciplinary CS-TC program began with 50 students and 2 faculty; the current program involves 500–600 students, 8–9 collaborative faculty (half CS and half TC), and a full-time coordinator, and culminates in an end-of-semester public expo for the display and demonstration of student teams’ client-based projects. A summary of the three periods of programmatic development is based on observations and a review of documents related to administration, students, faculty, and clients. The case focuses on issues related to stakeholders, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and sustainability.