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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 2nd
2 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
1 Unhelpful votes.
From Dublin
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Why did you choose to study this course?

I started with the Arts omnibus and felt computer science had good career prospects afterwards.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Indifferent

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

There are parts of the course (such as programming) that are really enjoyable. It feels great to be able to sit down and spend a few evenings creating a cool website or an application for a phone. The problem is it is a very theoretical course and I feel a lot of the information I am learning is of little practical use

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

21-25hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

I don't know

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

That it gives you the tools to go out there and be creative. If you have a good idea and put in the hard work you could be the proud creator of the next facebook or twitter.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The theory work. I dont feel it is very practical.

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

You have to really enjoy programming. Although not as much of the course involves it as you would imagine, if you aren’t proficient at it you will end up spending far too long on assignments. Also it is possible to graduate without much programming experience and this I feel will leave you hard pressed to find any work in the industry. People always say there is a lot of maths involved but there is almost none in the first two years. It depends on what you want to focus on.

Why?

The computer science library is about 2 dozen books, almost all introduction to java(a programming language) books. There are no other resources if students wish to further educate themselves or need a book on a different programming language they have recently switched to a different language for the younger years so java books won’t be of much use to them)

Is there a good social life on your course?

No

Please describe

If you are a big partier then computer science can be a shock. There is a massive gender discrepancy between guys to girls (usually 1-2 girls per class) and many of the students can be quite introverted. That said its a hard course so beyond first year you wont have much free time anyways and the people in your class are generally very nice and friendly

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Extremely Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

Fencing, Gaming

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Fencing is the greatest sport in the world. You get to meet a lot of great friends and take part in the most beautiful sport in the world. Its a sport where so much has to be considered, your footwork, bladework, strength, agility, fitness, focus etc... Before I took it up I would have thought it was a fairly easy sport but it really is one of the most intense experiences you can do.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

If yes, please name the sports clubs?

Fencing

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

Are your training facilities at a good standard?

Yes

Are your training facilities easily accessible? - if no, why not?

The sports hall is good but the clubs equipment is in very poor condition and lacking.

Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?

Yes

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Most people in Ireland start in college so if you part in hard work you can end up being very competitive. If competitions aren’t your thing fencing still provides a great social life with people of all skill levels enjoying it

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

<ˆ40

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

No

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

There is a vast array of courses to choose from and it has very good societies and sports clubs

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