The relationships between pre-university education and mathematics achievement with performance in engineering subject

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Abstract

The low level of students’ performance in the Department of Electrical, Electronic & System Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia has become a serious issue. It may be contributed by many factors such as prior education background (pre-university), and the complexity of exam questions as needed by Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC), an organisation that controls engineering education standard in Malaysia. Examination questions now evaluate complex problem solving skills which requires a deep understanding in mathematic subject. Hence, this study aims to identify relationship of pre-university education and mathematics subject (Calculus Vector) to students’ performance in engineering subject (Circuit Theory II). Three main pre-university educations in Malaysia are considered, which are matriculation college, Malaysian Higher School Certificate (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)), and diploma. Meanwhile, Calculus Vector and Circuit Theory II are used as variables for mathematic and engineering subjects, respectively. Pearson Chi-square test using SPSS is used to identify relationship between pre-university education and students’ performance in engineering subject. Meanwhile, Pearson correlation test is used to see the relationship between the Calculus Vector and Circuit Theory II achievement. The results show that pre-university education associates with engineering study, and mathematics subject gives a significant correlation to the engineering study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume10
Issue numberSpec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May...
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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Keywords

  • Complex problem solving
  • Engineering subject
  • Mathematic performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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The relationships between pre-university education and mathematics achievement with performance in engineering subject. / Kamal, Noorfazila; Arsad, Norhana; Husain, Hafizah; Mohd Nopiah, Zulkifli.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. Spec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May..., 01.05.2015, p. 10-17.

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