Assessment of Methods of Teaching Computer Courses to Computer Science Students

Assessment of Methods of Teaching Computer Courses to Computer Science Students in Selected Nigerian Polytechnics

Literature Review

2.1     Historical Background

The history of the computer is a study of human ingenuity used to develop tools to aid is calculating answers to problems and  keeping track of result according to Mandel (1983).

Computers as we  know them today, have only been around for less than half a century computing is therefore, a very recent phenomenon indeed. However, before the middle of the 20th century, there were several attempts at constructing machines, which, in the main, performed calculations quickly and automatically. In order to aid calculation, breads were strung along a series of wires in a wooden frame. This was born the Abasus, the most venerable of human calculating devices, which is still in, use today.

In the 13th century the Spanish theologian Roman Luib devised logic machine consisting of concentric geometrical figures on whose peripherals were inscribed basic principles in various branches of knowledge.

Furthermore, around 1617 mechanical aids to computation reappeared with the numbering roots of John Napier. As time progresses, so many other people devised a means of computation. [Read more…]