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The Effect Of Programming Learning Center For Students In First Year Computer Programming Sequence

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Curriculum Development in Computer Engineering Technology

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9.1252.1 - 9.1252.5

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Hazem Said

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Session __1349_

The Effect of Programming Learning Center on Students in First Year Computer Programming Sequence

Hazem Said

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Technology, University of Cincinnati


Engineering Technology students whether freshmen or otherwise tend to find their first sequence of computer programming courses quite a challenge. To increase the success rate for these students, the author started a learning center for computer programming called the Programming Learning Center (PLC). The PLC started its operation in the fall of 2001. The center had a major impact on students taking their first programming sequence. Freshmen students as well as students from other classes have participated in the PLC activities. The PLC proved to be successful for both day and evening students. The center offered walk-in hours for students as well as seminars during the lunch hour on various topics. This paper discusses the impact of the center on students' learning and success in their first computer programming sequence. The center can be duplicated to serve students in other disciplines.


Several Engineering Technology programs require a sequence of courses in computer programming. In particular, computer science technology, computer engineering technology or information technology programs require students to take a sequence of 2 or 3 classes in computer programming in their first year. Students with no prior experience in computer programming find this sequence a challenge, especially if they are freshmen.

The use of learning centers to help undergraduate students overcome academic challenges has been successful for some time, especially in the area of Mathematics or Physics. The Math/Physics learning center at the College of Applied Science has been providing walk- in services for the engineering technology students in the college for many years. However, with computer programming becoming a requirement in different engineering technology programs and the start of degree programs in the area of computing technology, a need has been realized to help students who are in computer programming classes.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Said, H. (2004, June), The Effect Of Programming Learning Center For Students In First Year Computer Programming Sequence Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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