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VBA/EXCEL: An Alternative Computer Programming Tool for Engineering Freshman

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Mohammad H. N. Naraghi

Manhattan College

Paper No. IMECE2005-81261, pp. 315-322; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2005-81261
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4232-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

VBA/EXCEL is incorporated in an Engineering Freshman course in computer programming. The course presents generic programming concepts such as variables, arrays, loops, decisions and sub procedures. VBA/EXCEL and Visual Basic are used as the language of choice. This course involves a semester-long project which forces students to research some engineering, mathematics and scientific concepts at the same time as learning computer programming skills. This paper presents a description of this course and sample projects that are suitable for an engineering freshmen course in computer programming.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME

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