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dc.contributor.authorHuggard, Meriel
dc.date.accessioned2023-10-13T09:12:12Z
dc.date.available2023-10-13T09:12:12Z
dc.date.createdJune 25 - 28, 2023en
dc.date.issued2023
dc.date.submitted2023en
dc.identifier.citationWittie, L., & Kurdia, A., & Huggard, M., & Nguyen, K. (2023, June), Important and Difficult Topics in CS2: An Expert Consensus via Delphi Study Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Marylanden
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dc.identifier.urihttps://peer.asee.org/43574
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/104028
dc.description.abstractAlmost every computer science program contains two semester-long introductory courses, usually named Computer Science 1 (CS1) and Computer Science 2 (CS2). They have been a mandatory element of the ACM Computing Curriculum for nearly fifty years and are likely to remain so for many years to come. While there seems to be a broad agreement on the key elements of CS1, the curriculum for CS2 can vary significantly between institutions. What material should in fact be included in CS2? Ideally, an educator would want to cover the topics that students need to master in order to successfully learn other topics further in the course and in the subsequent courses in the curriculum (important topics). They would also want to concentrate on topics that students are likely to struggle with and take a longer time to understand (difficult topics). This paper details the process and results of a multi-year international study that examined the topics of difficulty and importance in CS2 using Delphi method (an iterative process for reaching consensus among a group of subject experts that allows the participants to reconsider their opinions based on the anonymized responses of the other experts in the group provided at preceding iteration). We present three topic sets aiming to inform the choice of topics for designing a CS2 course or exam. The first set contains the topics selected based on importance and indicates what topics should be included in a CS2 course or its textbook. The second set of topics is based on both importance and difficulty and as such would be a guide for the creation of exams and concept inventories. The third set contains the topics that none of the faculty experts marked as either important or difficult suggesting delegation to a different course or leaving them for self-study. We also provide a comparison with other published topic sets for CS2.en
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dc.titleImportant and Difficult Topics in CS2: An Expert Consensus via Delphi Studyen
dc.title.alternativeASEE Annual Conference & Expositionen
dc.typeConference Paperen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
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dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.subject.TCDTagComputer Education/Literacyen
dc.subject.TCDTagUndergraduate Educationen
dc.identifier.orcid_id0000-0002-8299-6619


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