Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Innovation in Education, Science, and Culture, ICIESC 2023, 24 October 2023, Medan, Indonesia

Research Article

A preliminary study: The cause of university students’ difficulties in programming subject

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342079,
        author={Tansa Trisna Astono Putri and Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya and Sriadhi  Sriadhi and M Fadhiel  Alie},
        title={A preliminary study: The cause of university students’  difficulties in programming subject},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Innovation in Education, Science, and Culture, ICIESC 2023, 24 October 2023, Medan, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICIESC},
        year={2024},
        month={1},
        keywords={university students difficulties programming subject},
        doi={10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342079}
    }
    
  • Tansa Trisna Astono Putri
    Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya
    Sriadhi Sriadhi
    M Fadhiel Alie
    Year: 2024
    A preliminary study: The cause of university students’ difficulties in programming subject
    ICIESC
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.24-10-2023.2342079
Tansa Trisna Astono Putri1,*, Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya2, Sriadhi Sriadhi3, M Fadhiel Alie4
  • 1: Information Technology and Computer Education Study Program of Universitas Negeri Medan, Indonesia 20221
  • 2: Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang 11800, Malaysia
  • 3: Educational Technology, Postgraduate Program, State University of Medan, Jl. William Iskandar Ps. V, Kenangan Baru, Kabupaten Deli Serdang, Sumatera Utara 20371
  • 4: Information System Study Program of Universitas Indo Global Mandiri Palembang, Indonesia 30129
*Contact email: tansatrisna@unimed.ac.id

Abstract

A computer programming course is essential for students majoring in computer science. Undergraduate computer science students can gain fundamental understanding from the college course. If students do not learn the fundamentals of computer programming, they will have trouble at work, particularly as programmers or software developers. Students majoring in computer sciences must complete a course in programming. For computer engineering majors, programming is a required course that must be completed to graduate. However, student failure in programming courses becomes a problem for lecturers and universities. This study aims to find the cause of university students’ difficulties in programming subject to develop the solution of the problems. The results suggest that the most difficult topic to understand in programming is error handling, and students find it tough to learn programming when self-studying.