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Problem-based learning as an effective tool for teaching computer network design

Linge, N and Parsons, DJ 2006, 'Problem-based learning as an effective tool for teaching computer network design' , IEEE Transactions on Education, 49 (1) , pp. 5-10.

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This paper addresses the challenge of developing techniques for the effective teaching of computer network design. It reports on the experience of using the technique of problem-based learning as a key pedagogical method for teaching practical network design within the context of a Master's program module in data telecommunications and networks at the University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, U.K. A two-threaded approach was adopted that comprised a problem-based learning thread and a conventional lecture thread. The problem-based learning thread within the module comprised sessions designed to place the students in the position of network design consultants who are introduced to scenarios that have a high degree of realism in which a client has specific business requirements that can be met through the adoption of a network solution. In this way, the problem-based learning thread allows the students to develop their design skills, while the lecture thread uses traditional teaching methods to allow students to develop their understanding of key network components and architectures. A formal evaluation of this approach has been carried out and demonstrated a very effective and realistic learning experience for the students. Therefore, the authors propose that problem-based learning is an ideal pedagogical tool for the teaching of computer network design.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources > ZA4050 Computer network resources
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Education
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00189359
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2007 12:42
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:19

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