Title page for ETD etd-4324161499612871

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Raley, John B.
URN etd-4324161499612871
Title Factors Affecting the Programming Performance of Computer Science Students
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barnette, N. Dwight
Henry, Sallie M.
Shaffer, Clifford A. Committee Chair
  • programmer performance
  • application frameworks
  • software metrics
Date of Defense 1996-10-11
Availability unrestricted
Two studies of factors affecting the

programming performance of first- and

second year Computer Science

students were conducted. In one study

students used GIL, a simple application

framework, for their programming

assignments in a second-semester

programming course. Improvements in

student performance were realized. In

the other study, students submitted

detailed logs of how time was spent on

projects, along with their programs.

Software metrics were computed on

the students' source code. Correlations

between student performance and the

log data and software metric data were

sought. No significant indicators of

performance were found, even with

factors that are commonly expected to

indicate performance. However, results

from previous research concerning

variations in individual programmer

performance and relationships between

software metrics were obtained.

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