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ERIC Number: ED051665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
A Method for Evaluating Student Progress in Undergraduate Computer Science By Use of Automated Problem Sets. Final Report.
Clutterham, D. R.
As an instructional aid for beginning computer science courses, two systems are described which permit the automatic diagnosing and grading of student prepared problems. The first system, called SIM 610, is based on a simulator which performs by actually running student programs prepared for a simple tutorial computer used in the classroom. The simulator, which will run on any computer with even a limited FORTRAN IV capability, simulates a single address, six decimal machine with 15 basic instructions, nine index registers, and 1000 memory locations. It is capable of taking any problem and a solution prepared by the instructor and using that solution as a standard against which student problems and solutions are automatically compared and graded. The instructor can specify the weighting of factors he considers important in the grading. Diagnostic information is provided to the student on practice runs. A second system, called an Assembly Monitor, provides for the running of student machine language programs on any IBM 1130 computer. It provides a protection system against novice programers destroying resident programs and, in addition, supplies debugging aids and a grading system very much like that for SIM 610. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Florida Inst. of Tech., Melbourne.