A Study of the Effects of Using Matlab as a Pedagogical Tool for Engineering Mathematics Students


  • Abdul Majid Mohammed University of Ha'il
  • Zayed Ali Huneiti University of Ha'il
  • Wamadeva Balachandran Brunel University
  • Mohammed A. Al-Naafa University of Ha'il




MATLAB, CAS, Engineering Mathematics Education, University Calculus, Pedagogy, collaborative small group work


The paper describes the effects of using MATLAB as a teaching and learning aid for engineering mathematics students. MATLAB has been integrated as a supplement to the traditional classroom teaching and learning. Students enrolled into the first year Integral Calculus course at the University of Haâ??il, Saudi Arabia, are the sample of the study. Students used the software in small groups and submitted their work in groups. The aims of the study are to assess the effects of the use of the software on studentsâ?? attitudes and motivation towards the utilization of technology in the teaching and learning of engineering mathematics and its impact on learning. Qualitative and quantitative data collected from the study revealed that the students have benefitted from the software. The use of the software has enhanced studentsâ?? conceptual understanding despite their weak mathematical skills. It has been noticed that studentsâ?? attitudes have been positive and their performance in the course has improved.

Author Biographies

Abdul Majid Mohammed, University of Ha'il

Lecturer of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics

Zayed Ali Huneiti, University of Ha'il

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering

Wamadeva Balachandran, Brunel University

Professor of Electronic Systems / Director of CESR, Electronic & Computer Engineering (ECE)

Mohammed A. Al-Naafa, University of Ha'il

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Department




How to Cite

Mohammed, A. M., Huneiti, Z. A., Balachandran, W., & Al-Naafa, M. A. (2013). A Study of the Effects of Using Matlab as a Pedagogical Tool for Engineering Mathematics Students. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 9(2), pp. 27–35. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v9i2.2511