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COCS Teachers Conduct Research Benchmarking

COCS faculty on their arrival in Cebu City.

In compliance with the CHED Memo No. 53 series of 2006, Policies, Standards and Guidelines for IT Education, the College of Computer Science revised its BS in Computer Science program, replaced BS in Information Management with BS in Information Systems and offered BS in Information Technology, all of which took effect in June 2008.

The aforementioned changes required a modification of the format for the students’ research projects which serve as the programs’ terminal requirements. In line with this, the college conducted a series of workshops which were aimed to develop an outline or guidelines for the conduct of such researches. To enrich the research outline and to personally learn about best research practices of other schools offering ICT programs, the COCS faculty members headed by Dean Amie Rosarie Caballo conducted a research benchmarking tour to selected higher education institutions in Cebu City last July 22, 2009.

Seven faculty members joined Dean Caballo in the benchmarking. They were divided into two groups in order to maximize the number of institutions that would be visited. One team went to Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT) and University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR). The other team went to University of San Carlos (USC) and University of the Philippines –Visayas College (UP-VC).

COCS faculty in CIT.

In CIT, the team was accommodated by the Dean of the College of Computer Studies, Ms. Cherrylyn Sta. Romana, and the Chairperson of the Information Technology Department, Ms. Larmie Feliscuzo, who also serves as the college’s research coordinator. In USJR, the team was accommodated by the Dean, Dr. Gregg Victor Gabison, and the faculty members who are in-charge of student projects/researches of the College of Information, Computer, and Communications Technology (CICCT). Ms. Jacqueline Yara, the faculty in charge of CS student researches at the University of San Carlos, together with the Chair of the Math and Computer Science Department, Mr. Rene Argenal, welcomed the second team and provided them with a venue for interaction. At UP-Visayas, Mr. Robert Roxas, the Chair of the Computer Science Department, accommodated the team.

COCS faculty in USJR.

These academic heads and faculty were very generous in answering the teams’ questions and in providing the latter with very useful information regarding their research practices. They provided the teams with documents that can be used in enhancing the research outline. They also showed the team some samples of researches conducted by both faculty and students. In addition, the hosts also showed the team their facilities, giving emphasis to their research labs.

The COCS faculty members were very grateful to the host schools for the warm reception. They went home equipped with knowledge and inspiration on how to enhance their own research culture. As a bonus, the interactions paved the way to a formation of a linkage between HNU and the host schools.

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