Is it visual? The importance of a problem solving module within a computing course

K A Kariyawasam, Scott J Turner, Gary Hill

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Abstract

This paper looks at student’s view of the usefulness of a problem solving and programming module in the first year of a 3-year undergraduate program. The School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, UK has been investigating, over the last seven years the teaching of problem solving. Including looking at whether a more visual approach has any benefits (the visual programming includes both 2-d and graphical user interfaces). Whilst the authors have discussed the subject problem solving and programming in the past (Turner and Hill) this paper considers the students perspective from research collected/collated by a student researcher under a new initiative within the University. All students interviewed either had completed the module within the two years of the survey or were completing the problem-solving module in their first year.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputer Education
Volume10
Issue number166
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2012

Keywords

  • Problem solving
  • programming
  • student experience
  • visual

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