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New possibilities in surveying education via the use of spreadsheet software and web technology

Authors Hu, Thomas Wei Chung
Ha, Tak S.
Tong, Dennis Pok Bun
Cheng, Oscar K.M.
Issue Date 2001-12-12
Source Proceedings of the first teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong , Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Quality, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST , 12 Dec. 2001, p. 202-206
Summary Least squares (LS) computations is a major topic in engineering surveying, and the traditional approach often requires much lecture time and prerequisite knowledge. There are also limitations on the extent to which students can be tested in an exam, since problems with programming must be overcome. As a remedy, a revolutionary method of computation has been constructed and introduced into a first-semester surveying course given at HKUST, making use of a powerful optimization package that resides within most spreadsheet programs. The reduction in time and software requirement also implies new possibilities of testing students’ LS knowledge, since the problems no longer have to be taken home for programming and can be given as online quizzes. Working in collaboration with the Teaching Technologies Unit of the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching (CELT), a revolutionary approach for delivering tests on LS adjustment tasks is also proposed and implemented for Fall 2001.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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