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What are three ways that the UH ICS program could improve?

If you can think of more than three things, then please limit your response to your top three!

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All in all the university of Hawaii provides a diverse and dynamic education environment.

however it is my opinion that if there were anything that could be changed it would include the following.

1. It can be very difficult for students that are required to work to also pursue a computer science degree at U.H.

and even more so to pursue in a 4 year timeframe.

2. certain important courses are only available at inconvenient times.

3. It can be difficult to find parking

  1. Need more specialized degree opportunities, EE has students choose separate tracks that focus on specialized topics (Electro Physics and Systems) and Computer Engineering provides an opportunity for a "Cyber Security Certificate" upon graduation. If ICS could offer similar "tracks" that provided higher level specializations for students perhaps in fields such as Cyber Security, Virtual Reality, Data systems, Hardware etc.
  2. Job fair or harder push for internship opportunities, the college of engineering puts on its own job fair every semester, separate from the main job fair, this allows employers to market to the students of an appropriate major. An ICS job fair with more tech and programming jobs would be an excellent idea and help create more opportunities for students.
  3. x96 projects or capstones, EE/CEE require students to start doing project classes in sophomore year continuing into senior. These project provide valuable experience and give them a good talking point for their resumes as there are a wide range of projects to choose from. Most professors are involved in a lab or perform their own research, and I'm sure they would welcome the help from a student.

1) Lack of internship opportunities compared to schools from the mainland.

2) We are required to take classes that are not even remotely close to our major (language) and most likely will not use. 

3) Some classes are slotted in weird/ inconvenient hours.  

As I am an exchange student for a semester here from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN), these three bad things may or may not be related to UHM ICS.

1. Not enough tracks at UHM to let students pursue what they want to learn and to be curious about. (15 tracks at UMN).

2. Constantly looking at our devices to do our homework, work, and other tasks. This leads to poor eye visions in the short & long run.

3. At UMN, you must take several technical courses that require the use of calculus in order to complete your BS of Computer Science, such as psychology, earth science, chemistry, ect. I think it's unnecessary and doesn't relate to our field of computer science at all.

1) Inconvenient times for classes, It's very hard to take some of the required classes if you commute every day.

2) There should be more ICS courses that fill other requirements such as Writing Intensives and Ethics.

3) Not enough sections, classes fill up quick and if you're not able to register early there's a chance that you might not get into a class you need in order to graduate on time.

1. Considering computer science to be more like engineering than a "natural science" would show the college was cognizant of what the field entails.

2.  Understanding and respecting the amount of time it takes within the major could be better.  It seems that the amount of study and work needed for this major is higher than for others, yet the credits are about the same.  I may be forced to take 4 ICS classes simultaneously next semester (if I want to continue using my GI Bill to pay for it), and I don't know if I'll have the time in the week to make it through.

3.  Again, a basic lack of understanding of what the major entails.  I understand requiring chemistry classes for natural science majors such as biology, but wouldn't other computer classes be much more relevant to computer science than chemistry?  (I'm not complaining about taking chemistry, I enjoy it.  I just wouldn't say it's worth delaying my graduation for.)

  1. Parking is an issue especially combined with inconvenient time slots for some courses.
  2. More ICS courses that cover the other degree requirements that students would otherwise need to take an off major course to fulfill.
  3. Online options for some courses

1) The amount of hours needed to be put into the classes are high because of the amount of practice needed to be proficient at the skills taught in those classes. This could sometimes be made worse by making classes flipped because it could eat up more time learning by yourself since some students does not learn better on their own and prefer being taught by a professor.

2) Less professors teach ICS courses hence very limited space and time slots. This makes it pretty inflexible sometimes and requires to work other classes around it.

3) No classes that has something to do with ICS that helps complete our FOCUS requirements. This makes it so that we're forced to go to other classes that contains those requirements even though it has nothing to do with ICS.

1. The first thing that bothers me is the time some of the ICS classes are offered at. I've noticed most of my ICS classes are only available in the evening, usually at 6:00pm. For example, ICS 311 on TR is only offered at 6:00pm. Overall, having more sections per course will help me and other students find a fit for our different schedules.

2. Job opportunities and internships are as numerous in Hawaii as they are in the mainland. From my experience, it seems that many internship opportunities are looking for students who are graduating. As a undergraduate, this is very difficult to get experience before graduating. 

3. Similar to what Kimberly said, I agree that there should be more courses that will help with general requirements. Double dipping for major and general requirements should help those who cannot afford either time or money for these classes. 

1. While working on programs for a long duration, we could develop a bad habit of poor back posture. Normally when coding we are most likely sitting down to complete our assignments.

2. If ICS students are tight on money, it can be hard for them to keep up with the highly demanding laptop requirements. Especially since ICS is a constantly growing field with technology.

3. Some ICS classes may be scheduled later on in the day where you might hit the peak of traffic. Returning home might be a challenge if students live further from campus.

I am majoring in computer engineering, so i don’t really know how the ICS department is. Here are ways I think compE should be improved.

  1. Making it mandatory to get at least one internship and earning credit for it. This will help students who don’t see how important internships are.
  2. There are some classes that are available once a year, so if you failed it and it’s a prerequisite for another course, you’ll be set back a whole year.
  3. There should be more software classes for those interested in both software and hardware 

As a computer engineer major, I do not know much about the UH ICS program but here are some of my suggestions on how it could be improved: 

  1. When I was looking through the ICS courses that I would want to sign up for, it had a lot of the courses offered only in one semester. This inconvenience of time makes it hard for students to take the classes they want at the time they want. 
  2. From the certain ICS courses I've taken, they all specify how it is not recommended to have a job and take their course. Working makes it difficult to study enough hours to keep up with the course and I've heard it in engineering courses too. 
  3. I believe there should be a bigger push for internship opportunities.  I know there are internship opportunities offered to students all the time but it is not mandatory to do in the ICS program. I think it should be required for all students to participate in an internship or have a class dedicated to internships. At my old university I was required to do an internship and it was very valuable in the learning process of my major. 



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