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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

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Exploratory Study on Factors that Impact / Influence Success and failure of Students in the Foundation Computer Studies Course at the National University of Samoa

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Author Elisapeta Mauai, Edna Temese
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 767-773
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 5
Issue Date May 01, 2012
Publishing Date May 01, 2012
Keywords Predictors; performance;success; Foundation Computer Studies; Maths; English)


Abstract

This paper is based on a study which determined what factors contribute to the success and failure of students in the pre-degree Foundation Computer Studies (HCS081) course at the National University of Samoa. Students are admitted to the Foundation Computer Studies course based on their Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) exam results taken upon completion of Year 13 (last year of secondary school in Samoa). The model used in the investigation included cohort, PSSC Computer studies, PSSC Maths, PSSC English, secondary school attended and gender as possible predictive factors for success in the Foundation Computer studies course. Data used were: PSSC marks in Mathematics, Computer Studies, and English, students’ PSSC aggregate and attended, for the years 2002 to 2006 and Foundation Computer studies (HCS081) results, program enrolled within the Foundation year, and gender for the years 2003 to 2007. The study revealed PSSC Maths, PSSC English, and PSSC Computer Studies as strong predictive factors for Foundation Computer studies. There were significant differences in performance in Foundation Computer studies across the various Foundation programs at the National University of Samoa. There were no gender effects for Foundation Computer studies. However there were gender effects for PSSC English where female students outperformed the males. The study also revealed significant variations in performance in Foundation Computer studies and PSSC Maths between cohorts.  

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