KSU CCSE NEEDS CHANGE!
KSU CCSE NEEDS CHANGE!
As a student body we feel like we are being short-changed of the experience we expected here. We chose Kennesaw due to the opportunity and great teachings in CCSE. So far we have not gotten that, frankly not even close. We respect that the department is trying to improve the quality of the program with new innovative ideas, those are the building blocks of this field after all, but it is also imperative to see when a change made for the better is actually working against the very students you are trying to educate, we have been exposed to the ugly side of this program in this first semester and we are the ones who will have to suffer the consequences. Unorganized, unprepared, and at times unwavering in the opinions of the student body. This is not an accurate representation of what this field is. Fresh young minds ready to tackle this program are being turned away thinking they do not have what it takes when in reality it is the department decision-making that have caused this. The creativity, the innovation, forward thinking environment we thought we were walking into is not present in this program and changes should be made, not only for this current class, but to preserve and improve upon for the coming classes and to keep Kennesaw near the top of the list of places students choose to learn these skills, we have united and want to peacefully and publicly announce our displeasures in hopes of change to occur. Thank you for your time.
After listening to what most students have issues about. It is clear to me what the issues are. We are in a degree program that is fast-moving and fast-changing. One that is changing the world as we know it. However the environment we have been exposed to thus far has not been one that can cultivate such students, students that can help move the world forward with new innovative technology. The main gripe is the implementation of pseudocode. I know the department heads have heard there fair share of complaints about it, but we would not like to see it completely taken out, there is use for it, but the fashion in which the department has made use of it is not working . Pseudocode is a 'rough draft', but yet we are being graded it on it as if it is a final product, in an introduction programming class at that. You cannot lay an entire lecture course on the shoulders of pseudocode, a concept that is loosely based and not intended to be used in such ways. Its very nature is to catch mistakes not to be written to perfection. As we all will be very aware of soon I would estimate about 40-50% of the students taking 1321 will not be passing and even less will be in range of a B or above to go on to the next class. We are being used as guinea pigs and it is not fair to us. Additionally, we are constantly given errors in our assignments and powerpoints in class much to the chagrin to many students. This is an issue that can be fixed rather quickly, but we have yet to see it be complete eradicated. As for the lab, most of us find it much better in actually learning a coding language and for the most part do well, but we were all gut punched when we were informed the test would be 5 questions and in a similar formation to that of the lecture class. An option the department could possible look into is for the program to be made project oriented, not only will this fix our current problem, but it will also help us student better prepare for how companies actually treat and expect from their coders and innovators. Have class time be spent teaching new concepts and introducing the project to be done and helping students along with their project before the deadline. We feel that this model would be much more effective in teaching concept that will stick and we will have something we can show off to to companies when we go out for jobs/Internships. This of course would mean that each lecture class will be taught in its respective language as it should. This way student are able to get question answer with hopefully a smaller class size and also have a professor that in PROFICIENT in the language they are teaching. The cases of professors not know languages they are teaching is not fair to the student. With an open mind and some change progress can be made for the better. Thank you again for your time.