Application-based modules using apprentice learning for CS 2


Journal Article

A typical Data Structures (CS 2) course covers a wide variety of topics: elementary algorithm analysis; data structures including dynamic structures, trees, tables, graphs, etc.; large programming projects; and more advanced object-oriented concepts. Integrating these topics into assignments is a challenging task; educators often duplicate work done by others in re-inventing such assignments. At the same time, these assignments and large programs take time to develop and are often changed from semester to semester to preclude cheating. We report on a project that provides modules containing many kinds of programming and lab assignments which can be re-used across semesters with accessible and exciting application-oriented materials. Our project is a collaboration between a research and teaching oriented private university, a teaching oriented public university, and a teaching oriented historically black university. This helps ensure that the modules will be accessible to nearly all student populations. The modules developed are available electronically as hyper-text documents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Astrachan, O; Smith, R; Wilkes, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 233 - 237

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0097-8418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/268085.268172

Citation Source

  • Scopus