How to teach first-year engineering students to learn computing and programming effectively?

Hong Zhang, Charles Lemckert

Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paper

Abstract

The computer has become one of the most widely used tools in the modern world, and has had a profound impact on how engineering and science are practised today. Engineering students are required to familiarise themselves with both the hardware and software environments in a modern computing system, and how to apply the fundamentals of computing to solve various engineering
problems. At Griffith University, a computing course was offered to more than 350 first-year engineering students from Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering since 2009. For the last 5 years, most students often find computing and programming difficult because they have limited mathematical and physics backgrounds to understand the situations
presented to them. The most challenging task for students was to formulate engineering problems and then find an algorithm to solve them. On the other hand, the most challenging task for lecturer was to motivate the students to learn and to provide them with an effective learning environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Dec 201410 Dec 2014
http://www.aaee.net.au/index.php/resources/category/7-2014

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Abbreviated titleAAEE2014
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period7/12/1410/12/14
Internet address

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