Qualitative Development of Students’ Digital Skills by Integrating a Spreadsheet Software in First Year Introduction to Engineering and Seminar Course

Authors

  • Aziatul Niza Binti Sadikin School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Azizul Azri Bin Mustaffa School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Hasrinah Binti Hasbullah School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Zaki Yamani Bin Zakaria School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Mohd Kamaruddin Bin Abd Hamid School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Siti Hajjar Binti Che Man School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Mimi Haryani Binti Hassim School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Muhammad Arif Bin Ab Aziz School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Khairiyah Binti Mohd Yusof School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v16i18.24325

Keywords:

digital skills, Microsoft Excel, problem-based learning

Abstract


The Introduction to Engineering (ITE) and Industrial Seminar and Profession (ISP) courses conducted at School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, are integrated courses which implement the Cooperative Problem-based Learning (CPBL) methods in the same semester. Based on this integrated courses, the main aim of this paper is to investigate the qualitative impact of spreadsheet hands-on seminar on the first year students' digital skill. At the beginning of the semester, students are given sustainability-based project to work on, which requires them to collect and to report the data in a series of presentations and written reports. In order to present those data, they need to use analysis tools such as a spreadsheet software. The students are introduced with some in-depth applications of the Microsoft Excel software through the seminar sessions in the ISP course. With the knowledge that the students gain, they are expected to implement it in the CPBL project. A qualitative approach has been adopted to implement the study. Student’s reflections were used as the data source to identify common attributes that they have managed to gain from seminar sessions. This study has found that all students had primarily learned about digital skills. They perceived hand-on activity during the seminar as a good platform to acquire knowledge on basic calculation and developed learning skill on Excel. Moreover, students recognized the skills they are learning will be useful in other courses and future careers.

Author Biographies

Aziatul Niza Binti Sadikin, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Azizul Azri Bin Mustaffa, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Hasrinah Binti Hasbullah, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Zaki Yamani Bin Zakaria, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Mohd Kamaruddin Bin Abd Hamid, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Former Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Siti Hajjar Binti Che Man, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Mimi Haryani Binti Hassim, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Muhammad Arif Bin Ab Aziz, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Khairiyah Binti Mohd Yusof, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Professor, School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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Published

2021-09-20

How to Cite

Sadikin, A. N. B., Mustaffa, A. A. B., Hasbullah, H. B., Zakaria, Z. Y. B., Abd Hamid, M. K. B., Che Man, S. H. B., Hassim, M. H. B., Ab Aziz, M. A. B., & Mohd Yusof, K. B. (2021). Qualitative Development of Students’ Digital Skills by Integrating a Spreadsheet Software in First Year Introduction to Engineering and Seminar Course. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 16(18), pp. 213–227. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v16i18.24325

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