Review on using packages to enhance the teaching of critical path networks

Ku, Harry S. (2012) Review on using packages to enhance the teaching of critical path networks. In: 2012 International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists (IMECS 2012), 14-16 Mar 2012, Hong Kong, China.


The aim of this paper is to review a published paper, 'Using computer software packages to enhance the teaching of Engineering Management Science: Part 1 –Critical path networks'. Excel in Microsoft Office 2007 was discovered to be able to solve critical path network problems with some programming. The capabilities of the two previously evaluated packages, Microsoft Project 2007 and Quantitative methods – Production and Operations Management (POM-QM) for Windows 3 were tested together with Excel against each of the objective of the module, critical path networks. A pseudo quantity scoring system was developed to evaluate the capabilities of the software packages in meeting the objectives of the module. It was found that POM-QM scored the highest points. However, Excel can be argued to provide the best learning outcomes as it endeavours students to understand the concepts of critical path networks clearly before they can program and solve the problems.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published verison due to publisher copyright policy. Available as Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science vol 2.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2013 05:05
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 02:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; management science; software packages
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080308 Programming Languages
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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