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Courses-Concepts-Graphs as a Tool to Measure the Importance of Concepts in University Programmes
Lulea Univ Technol, Dept Arts Commun & Educ, Lulea, Sweden.
Lulea Univ Technol, Dept Comp Sci Elect & Space Engn, Lulea, Sweden.
Lulea Univ Technol, Dept Comp Sci Elect & Space Engn, Lulea, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Signals and Systems Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4413-4225
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2019 (English)In: 2019 18th European Control Conference (ECC), IEEE, 2019, p. 3076-3083Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates methods for quantitatively assessing the importance and relative importance of concepts taught in a university program. This assessment has many uses, e.g., to aid program design and inventory, and for communicating what concepts a course may rely on at a given point in the program. We propose to perform this quantitative assessment in two steps: first, representing the university program as an opportune graph with courses and concepts as nodes and connections between courses and concepts as edges; second, by quantitatively defining each concept's importance as its centrality as a node within the network. We thus perform two investigations, both leveraging a practical case - data collected from two engineering programs at two Swedish university: a) how to represent university programs in terms of graphs (here called Courses-Concepts Graph (CCG)), and b) how to reinterpret the most classical graph-theoretical node centrality indexes in the pedagogical term of concept centrality index.

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IEEE, 2019. p. 3076-3083
Keywords [en]
Courses Concepts Matrix, Courses Concepts Graph, University Program Design, Centrality Indexes
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Computer Sciences Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396477DOI: 10.23919/ECC.2019.8795910ISI: 000490488303018ISBN: 978-3-907144-00-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-396477DiVA, id: diva2:1369311
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18th European Control Conference (ECC), Naples, Italy, June 25-28, 2019
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Luleå University of TechnologyAvailable from: 2019-11-11 Created: 2019-11-11 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved

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