Revitalizing Introductory Computer Courses for Non-CS Majors: A Comparative Study

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Abstract

In order to better expand the academic horizons of non-Computer Science (CS) majors, the universities across Macao usually offer introductory courses on computer science and computer applications. There are often problems when these students enter an introductory computer course on conceptual learning (CL), because of lack of different experience levels with science topics. This paper aims to present and summarize a variety of performances on CL for non-CS majors at the Macao Polytechnic University (MPU), majoring in such disciplines as Social Work (SW), Public Administration (PA), Chinese-Portuguese/English Translation and Interpretation (CPETI), Science in Nursing (SN), particularly associated to CL. The paper also includes the descriptions and results of work done at the MPU. We have collected the assessment information of each class (continuous assessment and final examinations), more than 2,000 non-CS majors over the past 16 years at MPU. Based our statistics, for a high percentage of these students, they will feel certain difficulty of CL, but the degree of difficulties, the students from studies reflect the different characteristics, Through the questionaries and classroom conversations, the possible reasons and problem solutions are discussed in the end of this paper..

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEMT 2022 - 2022 6th International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages344-349
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450396455
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2022
Event6th International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology, ICEMT 2022 - Virtual, Online, China
Duration: 13 Jul 202215 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Education and Multimedia Technology, ICEMT 2022
Country/TerritoryChina
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/07/2215/07/22

Keywords

  • 1. Non-CS Majors
  • 2. Conceptual Learning
  • 3. Computer Science
  • 4. Introductory Courses
  • 5. Learning Environments
  • 6. Student Understanding

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