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First Programming Course: Perception and Performance of Students

Rohiza, ahmad and Basri, Shuib and Sarlan, A. and Hassan, H. A. (2003) First Programming Course: Perception and Performance of Students. In: ATUR : Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran, Cyberjaya Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

Teaching students their first computer-programming course is always a challenge. At Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) a significant number of failures at the end of every semester indicates that this problem urgently needs to be addressed in order to identify the root cause(s) and possibly the solution(s). Hence, as an attempt to carefully look into this problem, the authors have initiated a study on the students who are enrolled in their first programming course at UTP. The study is aimed to answer three questions: Does the students’ initial perceptions towards computer programming change throughout the semester? If they do, what are the major contributors? And, does the change from initial to final perceptions reflects the students’ performance? This paper reports the findings based on two sets of questionnaires distributed to the students on their first and last class sessions of the semester. The findings show a significant change in the students’ perception with the major contributor to the change is the instructor, while the least is the students themselves. Perception however, does not influence performance.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Computer Information Sciences
ID Code:3790
Deposited By: Dr Shuib Basri
Deposited On:04 Jan 2011 00:31
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:27

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