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 Volume 8, 2011
Print ISSN: 1790-1979
E-ISSN: 2224-3410








Issue 1, Volume 8, January 2011

Title of the Paper:  Campus ERP Implementation Framework for Private Institution of Higher Learning Environment in Malaysia


Authors: Raja Mohd Tariqi Raja Lope Ahmad, Zalinda Othman, Muriati Mukhtar

Abstract: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are widely used by many multinational companies throughout the world. Recently, many institutions of higher learning have replaced their legacy systems to ERP systems as a means for integration advantages. Investment with this ERP system are representing the largest investment for institutions of higher learning, they invest millions of dollars and the time taken for the implementation sometimes takes two to three years, or even more. Without a solid history of successes and failures, implementers are at a disadvantage in knowing how best to implement ERP systems so that they will provide operational and strategic benefits to their owners. Due to these problems, this research is carried out in order to establish an implementation Campus ERP framework for Malaysia private institution of higher learning base on the hybrid framework.

Keywords: Campus Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Framework and Institution of higher learning

Title of the Paper:  Conceptual Semantic Relationships for Terms of Precalculus Study


Authors: Velislava Stoykova, Maya Mitkova

Abstract: In this work, we present the results of research using the techniques for semantically-oriented statistical search for extracting mathematical terms for precalculus with applications to education, terminology and ontology. We offer the combination of statistically-based techniques incorporated in the software for extracting keywords, collocations and co-occurrences as the useful tools for teaching courses development, domain terminlogy definitions, and building ontologies.

Keywords: Basic Science in Engineering Education, New Technologies in Education, Research and Education, Computers, Internt, Multimedia in Engineering Education, Research and development in Engineering Education

Title of the Paper:  Importance – Satisfaction Analysis for Wiley Plus in Vector Calculus: Students’ Perspectives


Authors: Norngainy Mohd Tawil, Azami Zaharim, Izamarlina Asshaari, Nur Arzilah Ismail, Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah

Abstract: Online teaching tools is widely used to facilitate the incorporation of self-learning methods. An initiative to apply online teaching tools within the classes of Vector Calculus is part of the faculty effort to improve achievement of engineering students. The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of importance and satisfaction of the components in WILEY PLUS, an elearning approach that offered in Vector Calculus course in UKM. The study employed mean analysis to measure the importance and satisfaction level. The differences between this mean show the gap values. T-test assists the gap value analysis in explaining the difference, if any. Questionnaires distributed to 193 students of four departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. The finding shows that the students agree on the importance and satisfaction towards WILEY PLUS components. However, the students’ importance is higher than the satisfaction towards WILEY PLUS components.

Keywords: WILEY-PLUS, Level of importance, Level of satisfaction, Vector Calculus, elearning

Issue 2, Volume 8, April 2011

Title of the Paper:  Integrated Project: Comparative Analysis of Lecturers’ And Students’ Assessment of Program Outcomes


Authors: Siti Rozaimah Sheikh Abdullah, Mohd Sobri Takrif, Abu Bakar Mohammad, Noorhisham Tan Kofli, Manal Ismail, Masturah Markom

Abstract: The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (JKKP) has taken an initiative to implement an Integrated Project (IP) for students in Year II and III since the 2006/2007 session. The IP combines three or four department courses offered at each semester. It is related to a problem in chemical or biochemical engineering that has open-ended solution. This approach allows the students to adopt generic skills of leadership, teamwork, oral and written communication and searching for the latest information through the process of lifelong learning. Student achievement in completing the IP has been measured and assessed through presentations and reports. At the end of each presentation, students were asked to fill out a questionnaire on the implementation of IP. The questionnaire has been modified and geared towards assessment of program outcomes (PO) set to be achieved from the IP, in line with the evaluation form filled by each lecturer in assessing each group in IP. A comparative analysis between the perception of students and evaluation performed by lecturers on the IP implementation was conducted to a batch of 60 third year students in Semester II Session 2009/2010. The results from these two aspects of the assessment score, given by the lecturer and student opinion from the survey on achievement of program outcomes through IP followed the same trend. This shows that not only students who felt that the IP was very useful to their learning process, but from the aspect of lecturer evaluation, the lecturers also found that students have benefited from the IP implementation.

Keywords: Communication; generic skills; integrated project (IP); lifelong learning; programme outcomes

Title of the Paper:  Comparison between Level of Students’ Responses toward Cooperative Learning in Mathematics Engineering Courses at UKM


Authors: Izamarlina Asshaari, Haliza Othman, Noorhelyna Razali, Norngainy Mohd Tawil, Fadiah Hirza Mohd. Ariff

Abstract: Mathematics is a crucial language in all engineering courses and researches where mathematical modeling, manipulation and simulation are used extensively. But Engineering Mathematics courses are regarded as uninteresting and difficult courses in engineering curriculum. This is reflected in engineering students’ performance at the end of each semester for these courses. This paper presents the implementation of cooperative learning at Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM); which aims at introducing an innovative teaching and learning methodology. It is emphasized the use of cooperative learning (CL) as an alternative technique in order to enhance learning in Engineering Mathematics courses. In implementing CL in the teaching and learning of Engineering Mathematics courses, it is important to have a better understanding on students’ reflection on CL; which is a key component in the development of learning and teaching process and also students’ generics skills. This paper emphasized on the individual students’ respond toward CL activities and how they coping with free-rider in Engineering Mathematics courses. A set of Likert scale questionnaires was given to two groups of students from two difference courses at FKAB, UKM; Engineering Mathematics I: Vector Calculus (consist of 41 year one students) and Engineering Mathematics III: Differential Equation (consists of 60 year two students); and the data were analyzed, rank and compared. Data ranking was used to show differences in the views of year one and year two students on their respond toward CL activities and coping with free-rider. Data shows that students’ respond positively toward CL and development of teamwork skills shown while attending to the free-rider issues. Thus, this learning method do helped engineering students to understand better in their learning process and enhance their generic skills, in which it assisted to increase their interest toward the learning of Engineering Mathematics courses.

Keywords: Cooperative learning; students’ response; cooperative learning structure; mathematics engineering

Title of the Paper:  Evaluation of Academic Performance of Electrical Engineering Students based on Gender and Various Entry Levels


Authors: Pauziah Mohd Arsad, Norlida Buniyamin, Jamalul-Lail Ab Manan

Abstract: The enrollment of students in tertiary education throughout Malaysia shows an imbalance in terms of gender percentage. This paper investigates the female academic performance of Electrical Degree students at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Universiti Teknologi MARA’s (UiTM) based on the student’s entry levels. The study was based on the longitudinal progress based on three consecutive intakes of matriculation students namely July 2005, July 2006 and July 2007. We applied the same methodology to three other consecutive intakes of Diploma July 2006, July 2007 and July 2008. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was used as the key performance index. In addition, this paper stresses on the total population of female students compared to male students. The outcomes of the research indicate that female students performed better than males in most cases. The strong ability in fundamental engineering foundation and self efficacy of the female students greatly influenced the overall academic performance.

Keywords: Female, academic performance, engineering foundation, self efficacy and CGPA

Issue 3, Volume 8, July 2011

Title of the Paper:  Including Integrating Projects in Engineering Curricula


Authors: D. M. Viana, M. F. Souza E. Silva, A. C. Santana, H. Abdalla Jr

Abstract: This paper addresses the challenge of applying new pedagogical tools by reporting the experience of project-based learning implementation, begun in the Mechanical Engineering course at the University of Brasilia. Due to pre-existing social, political and ideological conditions in the institution and the consequent difficulties of performing structural changes in the course curriculum, no significant change as such was proposed in this work. An environment for developing interdisciplinary projects has been established, allowing for opportunities to construct technical and non-technical knowledge. The experiment was conceived from a proposal that foresaw the creation of three design engineering courses throughout the Mechanical Engineering curriculum which may be characterized in three steps. First, a set of subjects/courses was chosen according to the projects to be accomplished; the second step was characterized by projects whose topic was chosen in order to involve other courses at the Faculty of Technology; finally, the third step aims to encompass projects with a wider scope. The report concerns the period from 2007 to 2010 covering the first two steps of implementation. Aspects such as number of students involved, related courses and institutional support are also discussed.

Keywords: engineering curriculum, engineering education, project-based learning

Title of the Paper:  The Pedagogical Skill - Another Factor of Ensuring the Quality in High


Authors: Mirela Mazilu

Abstract: As a management of quality, the educational management becomes a scientific instrument generating future, performance and efficiency, a relatively new paradigm of approaching pedagogy, a necessary methodological stage in order to achieve efficiency in the activity of training and developing the human personality.
The purpose of this paper is to highlight a necessity of 2012, namely: the key to quality in Romania’s higher education (where I perform) lies within the term “adaptation”: an adaptation to students’ motivation, their learning styles, Romanian society values , their needs in a “crisis” economy, future prospects, etc. A higher quality education requires the integration of democratic values and principles, rights and obligations of partners, being designed in a spirit of transparency, accountability and involvement, both of universities as providers of education and families – students and parents – as beneficiaries of the education service.
The total quality management is a successfully applied concept in all the social and economic sectors. TQM (Total Quality Management) - the total quality management combines the oriental philosophy, respectively the Japanese one, with the western one, respectively American, as well as with the precision, the know-how between the two parts of the Globe.
The penetration of the total quality management in the sector of education is natural because, as all the other fields of economic and social life, this sector undergoes a process of identification of some very efficient methods in order to cope with the current changes, as well as to predict and project the improvement of some situations that can appear in the future.

Keywords: knowledge, educational management, know-how, high education, performance, e-learning

Title of the Paper:  Thermofluids Virtual Learning Environment for Inquiry-Based Engineering Education


Authors: Konstantin Volkov

Abstract: Thermofluids science plays an important role in industry, technology and environment, and contributes to the sustainable development of modern society. The thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are two essential disciplines of interest to the engineering profession. The study aims to develop the inquiry-based computer virtual laboratory (virtual learning environment) to augment engineering modules using principles of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and to increase students’ understanding and skills in CAD/CAE/CAM technology and mathematical packages used in mechanical, aerospace and automotive engineering. The iterative nature of the virtual laboratory directly addresses several components of engineering education and follows the cyclic model for knowledge generation and improvement. The CFD tools and other computational components of virtual learning environment are discussed, and their capabilities to be used in teaching process are analyzed. The study demonstrates that CFD becomes a useful tool for undergraduate and postgraduate research and education.

Keywords: Inquiry-Based Learning, Thermofluids, Learning Environment, Virtual Laboratory

Issue 4, Volume 8, October 2011

Title of the Paper:  Realisation of Human Super-Intelligence (Developmental Learning)


Authors: Alexander A. Antonov

Abstract: It is demonstrated that technical advancement results in the development of more and more intellectual human-computer systems which can make the most efficient use of human intellectual resources. This is why the objective of education must be the development of human intellectual resources which will become more and more in demand. The results of 60-year-long scientific efforts aimed at the development of computer systems alternative to humans and able to solve intellectual tasks without a human and instead of a human turned out to be unsuccessful, with a rare exception (here belongs, for instance, the creation of combat robots). Nevertheless, some scientists, inspired by great successes in the development of computers, believe that the problem of artificial intelligence (AI) will soon be solved. Moreover, they state that in 2030, at the latest, following the successful solution of the AI problem, an Internet-integrated computer civilization able to solve super-intellectual problems will emerge on Earth. However, the manuscript demonstrates that these assumptions are not to become true in the foreseeable future, because humans are unattainably more advanced information machines than computers. This is why the concept of artificial intelligence is an erroneous and, moreover, detrimental way of development of computer technology. Instead, the manuscript suggests the concept of development of mass human super-intelligence, which can be successfully implemented already in the nearest years.

Keywords: Human Super-Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Technological Singularity, Internet, Information Security, Personal Computer, Personal Memory, Developmental Learning

Title of the Paper:  The Design and Evaluation of a Java-Based Software Tool for Teaching Page Replacement Algorithms


Authors: Sukanya Suranauwarat

Abstract: Page replacement algorithms are one of the most important aspects of a page-based virtual memory system. In this paper, a tool implemented as a Java application and designed as an aid to the study of page replacement algorithms is presented. This tool uses graphical animation to convey the concepts of various page replacement algorithms including Optimal, First-In-First-Out (FIFO), Least Recently Used (LRU), Most Recently Used (MRU), Clock, Enhanced Clock, Least Frequently Used (LFU), and Most Frequently Used (MFU) replacement algorithms. The tool is unique in a number of respects. First, it differentiates the readaccess pages from the write-access ones, since the cost of replacing a page that has been modified is greater than for one that has not. Second, it allows the user to practice and test his understanding of the concepts he has learnt through a very easy-to-use graphical user interface. Third, it allows the user to compare the performance of two different algorithms or that of the same algorithm with different conditions in an easy manner. The tool has been used in an operating system course and has demonstrated effectiveness in assisting student learning in a statistically significant way.

Keywords: Educational Software, Animation Tool, Computer Science Education, Page Replacement Algorithms, Virtual Memory, Operating System

Title of the Paper:  Telecommunications Engineering Course Design


Authors: Savitri Bevinakoppa

Abstract: Telecommunication engineers design, develop, test and maintain telecommunications systems. They are one of the driving forces behind recent, significant growth in areas such as the Internet, mobile telephones and other modern wired and wireless communications systems. This paper explains telecommunication course design approach for under graduate and post graduate levels. Main subjects in telecommunications engineering courses include: Digital systems, Overview of digital communication, Telecommunication system engineering, Telecommunication modeling and simulation, and Mobile and satellite communication systems. This paper also explains core body of telecommunications knowledge, course design and development based on current industry trends and feedback received from professional engineers.

Keywords: Telecommunications, Computer Networks, Sydney accord, Washington accord


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