The Faculty of
Informatics International College
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for
AQUINO, BENISON BSIT
Automation has been increasingly used in the ranges of industries and has proven a notable impact to optimise productivity. Most of the developing countries now understand the importance of automation which aims to provide accurate and time saving results. In addition it decreases the rate of inefficiency on a program-based system to calculate and demonstrate results.
Examinations are essential to universities since it organizes and integrates knowledge. Most of it generally falls in the objective category which is suited for the automated process. Information and technology has become a valuable, decisive and critical resource for individuals which is less risky than manual examination system. It is very critical in universities because it aims to qualify the learning capacity and evaluate the learning of an individual, therefore requires a careful evaluation. Once results are inefficient it could have a lasting effect on students, like mental stress since it is their way of defining their goals. The role of ICT in supporting the curriculum has been extensively evaluated by some large, government sponsored projects. The ICT and attainment review in England (Cox, Abbott, Webb, Blakeley, Beauchamp & Rhodes, 2003) found positive effects in almost all subjects, but particularly with specific uses such as word processing in English, modelling in mathematics, or using simulations in science. The authors noted: Researchers have often measured the ‘wrong’ things, looking for improvements in traditional processes and knowledge instead of new reasoning and new knowledge which might emerge from the ICT use (p. 34). Many similar studies have noted the overall impact of ICT integration as additional motivation to learn deriving from the Hawthorne effect of novelty; or a skill set to be mastered in addition to the content knowledge addressed. In the USA a large scale study found even good software had little learning benefit (Dynarski, Roberto, Heaviside, Novak, Carey, Campuzano, Means, Murphy, Penuel, Javitz, Emery & Sussex, 2007). Furthermore, Cuban (2001) described the ineffective use of computers in classrooms. Such studies demonstrate computer use in support of a pre-existing curriculum is of contested effectiveness, and possibly inefficient. To assess the latter, researchers might legitimately inquire as to whether learning outcomes are achieved more rapidly with, or without, ICT. In any case, Australian secondary schools are about to receive a major innovation as the Australian Government’s Digital Education Revolution will provide a computer for every student in Years 9-12 (Gillard, 2008, p.57). Universities therefore need to prepare for an influx of laptop-savvy students in 2-4 years time.
The Automated Examination System is an application that establishes a network between the institutes and the students. The instructor will enter the questions they want which are more on objective type into the application. These questions are displayed as a test to the eligible students. The answers entered by the students are then evaluated and their score is calculated and saved. This score then can be accessed by the instructors to determine the students who passed or to evaluate their performance. Moreover, the application must have an administrator who keeps an eye on the overall functioning of the system. The management of examination data of large number of students is a very tiresome process and taking into consideration the limited time of presenting the results which needs to be released on a timely basis. In this light, the researcher aims to provide the significance of using the...