DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A SOFTWARE (CAI) FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MAINTENANCE TOOLS AND THEIR USES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WORKSHOP.

Undergraduate

Introduction

Computer plays important roles in various disciplines. The assistance they render to man includes the application of computer in various endeavor of man in his every day activities. (R. Clay Spronts 1992) in his new book of population science states that computer performs numerous operation in many aspect of human life and activities such as in Banks, Business enterprises, industries, military field, geographical field, governmental parastatals.

          However, the focus here is on its usage in education and the functions it renders to teaching and learning. In education, computer is being used for keeping the records of student examination result. Specially, this study is aimed at the use of the computer as aid to teaching of computer hardware components in primary schools. Computers are used for various educational purposes as stated before, but this project seeks to find out how computer can be employed as an aid in teaching computer hardware components.   

Computers were initially developed mainly for scientific purposes. It was seldom put in to use in other sectors of the economy. French C.S. (1990) states that when the computer was tool invented, it was seen to be an efficient tool for performing, scientific calculator/computations.

          However, the versatility of computer was later unveiled especially with regards to accepting data and processing data, storage of processed data and even retrieval of data stored at conveniences. It must be noted that the term data used to means numbers only, advancement in technology has made it possible to process other forms of data such as sound, pictures etc.


STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS

          The problem under investigation is the issue of inefficiency associated with teaching-learning experience. One root factor of this has been attributed to unavailability of effective instructional materials.

          This project therefore, sought to develop a way of using a computer as an instructional material in teaching maintenance tools and their uses.

     OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

          The major objectives of the project work are as follow:

1.       To develop a software (CAI) for teaching and learning of maintenance tools and their uses in mechanical engineering workshop.

2.       To evaluate the performance of students base on pervious method and new methods.