International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 11 (2021) No. 6, pages: 2503-2508, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.11.6.12539

Developing Big Data Analytics Course for Non-ICT Major University Students

JongBeom Lim, ChangHak Moon

Abstract

In the fourth industrial revolution's education era, there is no boundary between majors or subjects, and it is common for university students to enrol in information and communication technology (ICT)-related courses as convergence education blends different disciplines. Today's job market is getting more competitive and requiring higher skills in ICT and computational thinking. Since non-ICT major students rarely have programming experiences and knowledge in regular classes, teaching a big data analytics course for non-ICT major university students is not easy. Thus, it is vital to develop a curriculum that comprises easy-to-follow and easy-to-understand modules. In this paper, we develop a big data analytics course for non-ICT major university students. The proposed big data analytics course for non-ICT major students comprises two parts: (1) basic programming skill modules with step-by-step guidelines and (2) extension to big data analytics modules with laboratory exercises, with the five principal programming modules based on the Python programming language. First, our investigation discusses the suggestions and limitations of the big data analytics course for non-ICT major university students. Then, we recommend programming languages, integrated development environments (IDEs), and useful tools that help learners perform programming exercises and milestone projects. The learning objectives and course design models are carefully selected based on Bloom's taxonomy with six thinking levels and five.

Keywords:

Big data analytics; convergence education; non-major course; programming course.

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