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Conference Paper


2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), IEEE, Volume April-2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, p.867-871 (2019)



Computational Thinking, Computer bugs, computer science education, Education, educational courses, first semester undergraduate computer science students, first semester undergraduate engineering students, Flowgorithm tool, further education, gender difference, gender issues, higher secondary education, Introductory programming, non-textual programming tools, nontextual modalities, nontexual modality tool, Problem-solving, PROGRAMMING, programming assessment, Programming profession, Programming skills, Rainfall problem, Rainfall programming problem, school board, skill assessment, student programs, Tools


This paper presents an analysis of programming skills of first semester undergraduate computer science & engineering students using Rainfall programming problem. 345 students, in a 2 hour laboratory session, solved the Rainfall programming problem using either (block-based) Scratch or (flowchart-based) Flowgorithm tool. The success rate, in terms of the number of correctly implemented sub-goals, of the students has been analyzed. The possible influence of factors such as the non-texual modality tool, gender difference, school board from which students had their higher secondary education and prior computing experience in their higher secondary stage has been presented. The possible factors for difficulty towards conceiving and implementing the sub-goals has been indicated based on the observations while evaluating the student programs.


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Cite this Research Publication

S. Thangavelu, Rao, V., Shyamala, C. K., and Velayutham, C. S., “Introductory Programming Using Non-Textual Modalities - An Empirical Study on Skill Assessment Using Rainfall Problem”, in 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, 2019, vol. April-2019, pp. 867-871.