By Ivan Chris Mabilangan and Mc Kinly Revilla
Next school year, new program curricula will be implemented in MSEUF. Like colorful butterflies, these systems will come out from their cocoons to see the break of daylight. And different colleges have their own butterflies. Soon, they will fly atop roses and sunflowers, which bloomed their way from the soils of senior high school. How will each of them complete their metamorphosis? Will the fairies sip enough sweet nectar from their buds?
Each college revised their curricula based on the guidelines given in various CHED Memorandum Orders or Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs). This resulted in the alteration of many programs. Fortunately, our Autonomous Status hastened this development. New facilities and equipment were added, and faculties were also trained to utilize these tools effectively. These changes, which underwent a number of reviews to ensure quality, will welcome new college students stepping inside the University.
Let us look at the changes done by each department.
College of Computing and Multimedia Studies
Other than the current BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology and BS Information System, the college is now offering BS Entertainment and Multimedia Computing (BSEMC).
Programs now have specializations. BSCS has majors in Data Science and Software Engineering. BSIT, on the other hand, has Cisco Networking, and Mobile and Web Development. BSIS offers Business Analytics, as well as Service Management for BPO. Finally, BSEMC specializes in Game Development and Digital Animation.
Like other departments, CCMS implememnts 36 units (including 9 elective units) for GE courses in addition to new professional electives and specialized subjects for each major. CCMS has an ongoing faculty training on Data Science, Animation and other core courses to prepare for the courses in the new curricula. This is in addition to the series of training the CCMS faculty will still undergo later. In terms of facilities, CCMS recently acquired 41 new computer units that will be available before the start of the first semester of SY 2018-19.
There is also the undergoing construction of the new CAFA building. Once completed, and CAFA moves to the new building, CCMS will occupy the vacated second floor rooms. They will be allocated for lecture courses.
Amidst all these changes, CCMS has huge expectations that future graduates will be real-world ready in the fast-changing milleu of information technology.
In the words of CCMS Dean Rodrigo Belleza Jr., “We are expecting very competent graduates after completing a new batch in this curriculum.” The updated courses, the required capstone projects and the on-the-job training will ensure that graduates can effectively face the challenges of the workplace.
College of Fine Arts and Architecture
With a new building of its own, the College of Fine Arts and Architecture is poised to take its program offerings to a higher level. Bachelor of Fine Arts will now have Visual Communication, major in Advertising as specialization, based on CMO 43, series 2017.
In the new Architecture curriculum, the program will still be offered for five years with a total of 312 from 280 units. Students will have three specializations within the program consisting of Community Planning and Development (Specialization 1); Urban Design Studio (Specialization 2), and Construction Management (Specialization 3).
The new curriculum also considers contextualization of the area where the program is offered. In MSEUF’s case, since the Architecture program is offered in Quezon Province that has one of the longest coastlines in the country, Coastline Architecture will be part of the curriculum.
The new curriculum emphasizes visual communications (graphics and visual techniques), design and space planning (including computer-aided design), building technology, building utilities, site development planning and landscaping, acoustics and lighting system, and business management applied to architecture.
In line with the revitalized courses in the program, CAFA will utilize advanced software programs such as BIM in AutoCAD consisting of applications that can build many structures and use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to allow users to see specific sections, like the pipes in a building.
Now, it is not simply bisectoral, structural or electrical; effects of how these parts function can be simulated as well. Students will also use Lumion, an application suitable for walkthroughs. However, as it is only limited to viewing external parts, students will use BIM to see through the veins and arteries of the building. All of these are for students to be in step with state-of-the art architectural practices.
The new CAFA building will include new laboratories and facilities that will incorporate concepts on gender and development, sustainability, green design and environment to inspire students until they finish their thesis research application for graduation.
College of Maritime Education
There are minimal changes in the curriculum of the maritime education programs due to the constant review they have undergone. Aside from a few new courses and equipment, similar routines will be implemented this school year.
The new CME curriculum has a minimum of 50 units of General Education courses, in addition to the institutional requirements the University may add, if deemed necessary.
Usually, they are enrichment courses in English for occupational purposes and academic writing, which are very important since research is one of the University’s three-fold functions.
Consequently, CME did not have to prepare as much as other colleges did for the new curricula.
Instead, the College conducted an Instructors’ Course Training, a ten-day training to hone professional marines as teachers in the University. Also, CME recently purchased its Global Maritime Distress Signal System (GMDSS) for communications done on a boat. With state-of-the-art engine and deck simulators in MV Romana, students get real-world training that simulates professional work in real ships.
Non-STEM senior high school graduates who want to take up maritime education programs must enrol in a bridging program consisting of courses in physics, chemistry, disaster preparedness and management and biology.
Students take BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering in three years and go through shipboard training for one year as a requirement for graduation.
College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management
The College of Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management will now be the College of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (CIHTM). The change in name comes with the revitalized programs of the College.
They are BS in Tourism Management and BS in Hospitality Management. The latter replaces BSHRM with two specializations: Culinary Arts and Cruise Management. They were not offered in CTHRM before.
Other than these, CIHTM will also implement the 36-unit mandatory General Education courses. New courses, particularly business-related, will be offered, too. This is due to the acceptance of non-ABM students in the college.
The College has upgraded its existing hot and cold kitchens. The kitchen for Culinary Arts is deemed ready for the new courses.
For the Cruise Management program, CIHTM will coordinate with CME for shipping partnerships and other industry-based linkages.
CIHTM hopes to provide future graduates with competencies needed for the hospitality and tourism industries.
College of Engineering
All the new courses in the engineering curricula are specialized inasmuch as the first year courses have already been taken in the senior high school program. However, students who did not finish in the STEM track in the senior high school will have to go through a Bridging Program. This means enroling in three units of Pre- and Basic Calculus for first semester, as well as another three units for Physics 1 and 2, lecture and laboratory, for the second semester.
To comply with the requirements of the new professional courses, the College bought a P 2.4M MATLAB Spreadsheet software. This all-around tool will be used for advance mathematics, differential equations, numerical solutions, discrete mathematics and the rest of the Electronics and Computer Engineering courses. The College has also upgraded its AutoCAD software to CAD version 2016.
MSEUF is the only school in Region IV-A Calabarzon that submitted its Monitoring Workbook online, an indicator that the College complied with CMO No. 37, Series of 2012 and ISA Memorandum Circular for outcomes-based education. Dean Guillermo Rago Jr. has been very strict in promoting outcomes-based education and submitting necessary requirements. As such, the college can easily provide a comprehensive curricula and compress each engineering program in four years.
The CMOs for the programs reduced the number of specializations to integrate courses in General Education, including six units of Filipino, for a balanced curriculum.
With diligent integration of major courses, the usual five-year engineering programs will now be offered in four years, including the summer terms. Correlation courses have also been enhanced to compensate for the shortened programs. Non-board programs like Computer and Industrial Engineering will also have enhanced integration courses to boost students’ skills and competencies.
College of Business and Accountancy
There will be new courses to suit the ever-changing needs of business professionals. But all other courses stay. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Human Resource Development Management will be renamed BSBA Major in Human Resource Management. An additional major, Internal Audit, will be offered in the College.
While Dean Paz Bobadilla is retiring this semester, she reported that the CBA faculty development program is in full swing to respond to the professional qualification needs of the programs offered.
Ten faculty members are currently enrolled in allied doctoral and master’s programs and are expected to graduate by next school year as recipients of the CHED transition scholarship program in the K to 12 transition in various accredited and autonomous universities.
The College will also motivate, encourage and train students to apply for international and local certifications – Registered Marketing Professional (RMP), Registered Business Professional (RBP), and Certified Tax Technician (CTT) – to give them professional leverage and advantage in their professions.