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Using Modular Programming Strategy to Practice Computer Programming: A Case Study

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Computer and Informtion Technology-related Issues

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Engineering Technology

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25.1432.1 - 25.1432.11



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Wangping Sun Oregon Institute of Technology

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Xin Wang Oregon Insitute of Technology

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Xian Sun

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Using Modular Programming Strategy to Learn Computer Programming: a Case StudyIt is important for the engineering and technology students to learn basic computer programmingskills in their early years of college education. ENGR 266 Computer Programming for Engineersis a required course in our school for freshmen and sophomores whose majors are mechanicalengineering, renewable energy engineering, mechanical engineering technology andmanufacturing engineering technology. In this course, the students learn how to developcomputer programs with VBA (Visual Basic Application) and MATLAB. To make the students’learning process more efficient, a modular programming strategy was proposed at the last ASEEconference in 2011. In this paper, the authors will present a case study to demonstrate how themodular programming strategy is applied in a student project. Through this case study, theauthors will show that the modular programming strategy will enable the students to quicklygrasp basic computer programming skills to solve most of the engineering problems.

Sun, W., & Wang, X., & Sun, X. (2012, June), Using Modular Programming Strategy to Practice Computer Programming: A Case Study Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22189

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