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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

A problem solving curriculum in computing

Start: 2007
Report Publication Date: 2008
Primary Project Leader Brad Alexander

Funding
Amount: $46,000.00 Body: Google Source: Research Award
Summary
University graduates with good problem-solving skills are a rare and highly-prized resource. This scarcity limits innovation and the creation of wealth world wide. Part of this shortfall is natural - innovation, by itself, creates new niches and challenges and new demand for problem solvers. However, it can be argues that part of this scarcity is artificial - people have an innate desire to solve problems but, for the most part, our education systems do little to hone and develop problem-solving skills. This deficiency is perhaps most acute in Universities where it is generally assumed that students are already accomplished at weaving new information into their problem-solving repertoire. This proposal works toward two broad objectives: to create a curriculum to develop student's problem solving skills at all levels of University study and distribute this curriculum widely. The specific aim of the proposal is to develop, test, and distribute the first two courses in this curriculum to lay the foundation for the remainder. The curriculum has an emphasis on computing because computing problems pervade almost all modern endeavours.
Outcome
Keywords
Curriculum › Design/Renewal
Discipline Context › ICT
Content › Novice Programming
Generic Skills › Problem Solving
Disciplines
  • ICT
Education Levels
  • Higher Education
Project Members
Brad Alexander
brad@cs.adelaide.edu.au
08 8303 4484
Project Leader
Fred Brown
fred@cs.adelaide.edu.au
08 8313 4481
Team Member
Hossam ElGindy
elgindy@cse.unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4034
Team Member
Katrina Falkner
katrina@cs.adelaide.edu.au
08 8303 4366
Team Member

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Contacts

Associate Deans & Educational Leaders in Engineering

Program Leaders in Engineering

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Contacts

Associate Deans Learning & Teaching in ICT

Program Leaders in ICT

Postal Address

Australian Computer Society
[ARNEIA]
P.O. Box Q534
QVB
Sydney 1230
NSW

Email

info@ARNEIA.edu.au