The correlation between electrical engineering course performance and mathematics and prerequisite course achievement

Noorfazila Kamal, N. N S A Rahman, Hafizah Husain, Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah

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Abstract

Malaysia requires human capital with critical thinking and ability to solve problems to drive the country. These attributes are also required by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC), which stipulates that engineering students must have the ability to solve complex problems. Many electrical and electronics engineering courses require good understanding in mathematics to solve complex problems. In addition, some engineering courses have prerequisite courses, which students must complete before they can enrol in those courses in later semesters. Normally, prerequisite courses are fundamental courses and they play important roles in helping students understand the content of the course that requires the prerequisite. In this study, the relationship between student performance in electrical and electronics engineering courses and mathematics and prerequisite course achievement is identified. One mathematics and three engineering courses are used in this study, namely Calculus Vector (KQ1124), Circuit Theory 2 (KL1124), Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (KL2134) and Signal and System (KL2124). The Pearson correlation test using SPSS was used to identify the relationship between electrical and electronics engineering course performance with mathematics and prerequisite courses achievement. The results show that there is a strong positive relationship between engineering courses and previous mathematics achievement. A strong positive relationship also exists between performance in an engineering course and its prerequisite course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume24
Issue numberApril
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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Keywords

  • Engineering Courses
  • Mathematics
  • Positive Correlation
  • Prerequisite Courses

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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The correlation between electrical engineering course performance and mathematics and prerequisite course achievement. / Kamal, Noorfazila; Rahman, N. N S A; Husain, Hafizah; Mohd Nopiah, Zulkifli.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Vol. 24, No. April, 01.04.2016, p. 97-110.

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