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MS Final Exam – Shannon Ernst

The Analysis of First Year Computer Science Design Documents

Computer science is, at its core, solving problems. The "Carry out the Plan" portion of problem solving is often examined and emphasized in CS 1 and CS 2, forgetting to emphasize the other important aspects of the problem solving process. This study focuses on the "Devise a Plan" or design step of problem solving. Four terms of design data (2, 797 design documents) are examined to answer the questions of design document quality correlations to grades, whether syllabus detail impacts the quality of design documents, whether differences in design document quality diverge along demographic lines, and what attitudes students harbor toward design. The results show minimal to no correlations to grades, that syllabus detail does impact the way students design, that there are few differences based on demographic information, and that students do value design when asked in a survey. These insights have implications of when and how design is taught and opens questions! to how best assess design.

Major Advisor: Jennifer Parham-Mocello
Committee: Margaret Burnett
Committee: Milo Koretsky
GCR: Camille Palmer

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Covell Hall, 221
1691 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97330

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Lecture or Presentation

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College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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Calvin Hughes

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