Title: UNEARTHING THE DETERMINANTS OF SUCCESS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY FOR BOTHO COLLEGE STUDENTS€™ PERFORMANCE

Year of Publication: Jun - 2012
Page Numbers: 318-330
Authors: Sridevi Radhakrishnan, Faith Gudo, Suresh Shanmugasundaram
Conference Name: The International Conference on Informatics and Applications (ICIA2012)
- Malaysia

Abstract:


The Botho College Software engineering curriculum has been running for quite some time now since 1997 up to date. Over the years we have seen considerable discrepancies or inconsistencies with regards to the results of Software Engineering Undergraduate Students. It therefore struck to our mind that we ought to investigate and analyze these results in the context of our own teaching and learning scenario. We found that the delivery mode, the learning styles being employed, the nature of the curriculum itself, the infrastructure in place, the environment in general in terms of the job market and other challenges have a direct bearing on the performance of Software engineering students. We found these challenges to be the nucleus of factors that impinge upon SE program of study outcomes at the Institution. This white paper goes on further to suggest a framework that can be employed to improve the quality of results in light of all the categories of challenges being faced by the students as well as by the educators at Botho College. The Student Feedback system was used to gather views from students. Motivational skills will be devised so as to plot the way forward in a bid to improve students’ performance.