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An approach to operations research course in the curriculum for informatics students

Fourth international scientific colloquium Mathematics and children

Mathematics teaching for the future ,

April 19-20, 2013

An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students

Kušen Ema, prof. dr. sc. Marinović MarijaDepartment of Informatics, University of Rijeka


Introduction

Introduction

  • approach of designing and teaching the course Operations Research with the help of the ICT

  • present the results of the survey

    • in which measure the designed activities helped students to acquire knowledge

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


Ict in math courses

ICT in math courses

enhances problem solving abilities

faster arithmetic calculations

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Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

better understanding of basic math concepts

focus on the resultsanalysis

focus on mathematical modelconstruction


An approach to operations research course in the curriculum for informatics students

Teaching Operations Research

Operations research is an interdisciplinary field whose task is to solve scientific and economic problems with quantitative methods.

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

Müller-Merbach, 1973

optimization problems real-life problems

familiarize students with the mathematical background in optimization


Operations research at the university of rijeka

Operations Research at the University of Rijeka

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

Faculty of Economics

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Maritime Studies

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Department of Informatics University of Rijeka

Faculty of Civil Engineering


Teaching operations research to informatics students

Teaching Operations Research to Informatics students

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A need for improvement

A need for improvement

  • decrease in the GPA of a student

  • the weakest results in:

    • computer lab classes,

    • theoretical exam.

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A new course design approach

A new course design approach

  • factors by which teachers can influence on students' performances (Mahmud, Saliman, 2012)

    • A problem of the limited time of lectures

    • Competition among students

    • Levelof knowledge and skills which students have to achieve in order to pass the final test

    • Level of complexity and quantity of presented materials

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A new course design approach a problem of the limited time of lectures

A new course design approachA problem of the limited time of lectures

  • Cloud-based LMS

  • additional points: 63,8%

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A new course design approach competition among students

A new course design approachCompetition among students

  • Balancing between competition and a learning community

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

f2f - blackboard

online – web quest


An approach to operations research course in the curriculum for informatics students

A new course design approachLevel of knowledge and skills which students have to achieve in order to pass the final test

  • test prerequisites:

    • two homework assignments

    • online self-assessment quiz

  • an optional class (one week before the test)

  • format of the test was changed

    • mathematical definitions

    • short and precise conclusions

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A new course design approach level of complexity and quantity of presented materials

A new course design approachLevel of complexity and quantity of presented materials

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


A new course design approach level of complexity and quantity of presented materials1

A new course design approachLevel of complexity and quantity of presented materials

  • Computer lab classes

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


Research methods

Research Methods

  • a survey (22 questions)

  • 73% completed the survey

    • student’s experience in the course Operations Research

    • additional comments

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


Results

Results

  • 64% recognizedthe use of operations research in everyday life

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


Results1

Results

  • computerlab classes

    • 50% - additional software

    • 63% - more computer lab classes

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • quality of mathematics courses and technology

  • positive sides:

    • the results of the computer lab class assignments were significantly better

    • enthusiasm and interest in problem solving assignments

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

  • new guidelines for further improvement:

    • greater need for practical computer problem solving tasks

Changes in the Operations Research course program


An approach to operations research course in the curriculum for informatics students

Thank you for your attention!

Kušen, Marinović, An approach to Operations Research course in the curriculum for Informatics students, 2013

Kušen [email protected]

Marinović [email protected]


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