Participating in an Industry Based Social Service Program: a Report of Student Perception of What They Learn and What They Need

Miguel Ehécatl Morales Trujillo, Gabriel Alberto García Mireles
2019 Proceedings of the 2019 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems  
Skills demanded by the IT industry from graduates should be aligned with the curricula of Computer Science undergraduate programs. It is well-known that theoretical knowledge undergraduate students acquire during their studies needs to be complemented with practical experience; therefore, participating in university supported real life projects is a viable option for the students to get prepared for the industry. This paper reports findings from a survey applied to students who had been
more » ... in an industry-based program meant to fulfill their graduation requirements, including the opportunity to develop a capstone project. We gathered their perceptions regarding what they learned during their studies, what they acquired in the industrybased program and what they consider useful for their current jobs. The results show that most topics are aligned between the Bachelor's degree program and the industry needs, but there is a strong separation in the cognitive levels students achieve at each stage. The paper provides insight into the needs of Computer Science students and contributes to finding ways of increasing undergraduate student satisfaction with skills acquired at university and their application in real contexts.
doi:10.15439/2019f279 dblp:conf/fedcsis/Morales-Trujillo19 fatcat:jui76jw2t5f6tfzjuszagw2sge