June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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A Study of Freshmen Students’ Outlook to Media Based Tutorials of MATLAB/JAVA in Computing for Engineers
Adequate time is not made available in modern four year engineering curricula to teach introductory programming the traditional way. One way to improve the introductory programming outcomes is to employ media based tutorials. This paper explores the assessment results of a study of freshmen students' outlook to media based tutorials. The study is based on a survey completed by thirty two students enrolled in “Computing for Engineers” at Georgia Southern University. The students major in different engineering disciplines, namely aerospace, computer, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical. The tutorials are designed to introduce freshmen students on how to use MATLAB/JAVA programs to simulate simple problems. The results from the study will be analyzed to evaluate the freshmen students' outlook to media based tutorials. The students responded favorably to the developed media based tutorials.
In this paper, we present the results of a study and feedback that the students completed based on their outlook toward a media based tool that was used in the instruction of MATLAB/JAVA for computing for engineers. Our analyses follow other studies on media based instruction. Cohen et al1 found that students learned more from such instruction methods compared to traditional methods of instruction. Powell et al2 took their analyses further and found that such instructional methods had the effect of raising the GPAs of the students.
BlueJ3 is a Java™ development environment specifically designed for teaching at an introductory level. It was designed and implemented by the BlueJ team at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. More information about BlueJ is available at http://www.bluej.org.
Computing for Engineers
The course deals with foundations of computing with an introduction to design, analysis of algorithms and an introduction to design and construction of programs for engineering problem- solving. The sole prerequisite is Calculus I. Students from aerospace, civil, chemical, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs enroll in this course, as it is required for their majors. It is a three credit hour course (two 50 minutes lecture combined with a two hour laboratory meeting each week). The pilot study was conducted for this course. At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Have a working knowledge and general understanding of the MATLAB4 environment. 2. Know the basic types of arrays such as numeric, cell and structure arrays that are implemented in the MATLAB environment. 3. Implement functions (mathematical, user-defined, and advanced) in MATLAB and gain experience with data file management.
Thomassian, J., & Kumazawa, R., & kinnicutt, P. (2007, June), A Study Of Freshmen Students’ Outlook To Media Based Tutorials Of Matlab/Java In Computing For Engineers Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2775
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