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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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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. 

1. There are lots of 400-level ICS courses listed in the UH Manoa catalog, but most seem to be offered once every couple of years. Having a survey or calendar of when certain courses may be offered, or emphasizing RadGrad, would be helpful in getting students into the classes that they want to take.  

2. While I understand that the B minimum is there to ensure that students have a decent grasp of the material, it can turn the focus away from the learning and put it on the grade. It is also unfortunate that students may be set back a semester due to missing the B threshold by a very close margin in some instances.

3. Though the flipped classroom model provides students with flexibility, we can't get clarification right away when we do not understand. 

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

  1. Social/networking events for ICS students to meet with each other and employers.
  2. A curriculum track designed for the "tech startup".
  3. More sections that are offered as writing intensive.

1) Lack of socialization within the major. I find that oftentimes my only exposure to my peers is during occasional group projects. Other than this, I don't find that collaborating with others is something I do often because there are often guidelines for certain courses which make collaboration difficult (high suspicion of cheating).

2) Lack of continuity with Languages. I have learned a few different languages from different courses, but I easily forget what I learned a year or a few semesters ago because I learn a language once and then don't use it again.

3) Extreme competitiveness in regards to employment & internships. Perhaps the ICS program can reach out to more companies that would be interested in employing interns and graduates.

UH ICS Program is can improve by…

1: Providing tutoring for upper level classes: I think this is also a UH problem. Programs such as the Learning Emporium don’t provide tutoring beyond Freshman/Sophomore classes.

2: Making sure schedules don’t conflict: In my freshman year, courses were listed in such a way that there was only one combination of all the recommended classes that didn’t overlap. This led to the incoming freshman fighting to get this one schedule. I think the UH ICS Program should make sure that the timing of their recommended classes don’t conflict with each other.  

3: Hosting a day to shadow a professional: I think it would be beneficial for students to be able to shadow a professional for a day. It would allow students to see what a day at a job they are interested in is like, as well as help them network with potential employers. It would also allow local companies to advertise their workplace, which might help stop the brain drain to the mainland.



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