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ERIC Number: ED422940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 6
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Evaluating the Skills & Learning Expectations of Students Enrolled in the Introductory CIS Course.
Rogers, Camille F.; Randall, Cindy
This study evaluated the computer skills and learning expectations of students in an introductory course at a regional university in the southeastern United States. A survey was administered to 595 students enrolled in sections of the Introduction to Computer Information Systems (CIS) course. The survey instrument charted such things as major and academic standing, focusing primarily on two issues--knowledge the students hoped to gain from the class and existing computer knowledge that students brought with them into the class. In addition to the survey results, 30 course catalogs from other institutions around the region were examined in order to discover what their course content included for the first computer course, whether it was identified as Introductory Computer Applications, Introductory Management Information Systems (MIS), or an equivalent class. Results indicate that more students are coming to college with computer skills, and therefore educators should move away from teaching some of those identical skills in college. In regards to different courses for business students and non-business students, this does not appear to be a trend in most institutions, but it is an option, particularly for schools where a majority of the students enrolled in the class are not business majors. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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