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An investigation into influence factor of student programming grade using association rule mining

Mohamad Mohsin, Mohamad Farhan and Abd Wahab, Mohd Helmy and Zaiyadi, Mohd Fairuz and Hibadullah, Cik Fazilah (2010) An investigation into influence factor of student programming grade using association rule mining. Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences, 2 (2). pp. 19-27. ISSN 1976-3700

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Computer programming is one of the most essential skills which each graduate has to acquire.However, there are reports that they are unable to write a program well. Researches indicated there are many factors can affect student programming performance.Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate the significant factors that may influence students programming performance based information from previous student performance using data mining technique. Data mining is a data analysis technique that able to discover hidden knowledge in database. The programming dataset used in this study comprises information on the performance profile of Universiti Utara Malaysia students from 4 different bachelor programs that were Bachelor in Information Technology , Bachelor in Multimedia, Bachelor in Decision Science and Bachelor in Education specializing in IT of the November session year 2004/2005. They were required to enroll introductory programming subject as requirement to graduate . The dataset consisting of 4 19 records with 70 attributes were pre-processed and then mined using directed association rule mining algorithm namely Apriori. The result indicated that the student who has been exposed to programming prior to entering university and scored well in Mathematics and English subject during secondary Malaysian School Certificate examination were among strong indicators that contributes to good programming grades. This finding can be a guideline to the faculty to plan a teaching and learning program for new registered student.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data mining, Computer programming, Programming, Association rules
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Mohamad Farhan Mohamad Mohsin
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 06:39
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 06:39

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