Peter R. Whitehouse
Subject Coordinator, Information Technology Education
St. Joseph's College,
Gregory Terrace, Brisbane
The Algorithms and Programming unit of the Queensland BSSSS Course
Information Processing and Technology lends itself to an in-depth
(nontrivial) study of problem solving. For the past 6 years, Gregory
Terrace has assessed part of this unit using a major case study. Students have been set the challenge of creating a game. During this case study, students have been given the opportunity to work either solo or in small groups, have learned first hand the value of sound planning and group dynamics. In addition, they are required to communicate on many levels - both as a technician (the author of the software) and as a guide (the author of a user manual).
This session will investigate a working model for implementing a Major case
study using Turbo Pascal and Delphi, will investigate the assessment
criteria (and the likely changes to accommodate the move to 'event driven'
environments), will look at assessment of students in groups and will
present a range of student samples.
The BSSSS Subject Information Processing and Technology places emphasis on
effective design and manipulation and maintenance of relational databases.
At Gregory Terrace, students of IPT are required to collaborate with
classmates in the Conceptual Design, Relational Implementation, Interface
Design and Documentation of a significant (nontrivial) information system.
This session will focus on students' responses to such major system
development tasks, using CASE Tools like InfoModeller and Database
Management Systems like MS Access. We will investigate structure and
sequencing of the task, management of group work and assessment criteria
that have been effective, and will examine a range of student samples.