ERIC Number: ED255175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Using the Apple Macintosh to Educate Engineers at Drexel. Microcomputing Working Paper Series F 84-8.
Smith, Allan L.
Following a brief description of the microcomputing program at Drexel University, which requires all freshman to have access to a personal computer and offers Macintosh microcomputers and software at a low cost to entering freshman, this paper summarizes the written sources of information on the program. Four examples of how currently available Macintosh software has been integrated into the core curriculum taken by all freshman engineering and science majors describe the use of: (1) word processing and online database searching in freshman composition; (2) Pascal programming language in the introductory computer programming course; (3) electronic spreadsheets in introductory physics and chemistry; and (4) a molecular drawing exercise in elementary biochemistry. Also outlined are the ongoing investigation of applications for existing Macintosh software in science and engineering courses and the design and development efforts by science and engineering faculty and the Instructional Support Group of the University Computer Center for new software to support undergraduate instruction. Ten references are listed. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Science Education, Computer Software, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Microcomputers, Online Searching, Programing, Science Education
Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.
Identifiers: Apple Macintosh; Computer Uses in Education; Drexel University PA
Note: Paper published in the Proceedings of the 1984 Frontiers in Education Conference (Philadelphia, PA, October 3-5, 1984). For related documents, see IR 011 540-543.