To facilitate University planning for the provision of computer facilities and skill development for students at the University of Sydney, a survey was given to all first year students in 2000. It was distributed after the enrolment period and used enrolment data available at the time. This survey asked students for demographic information, for their opinions of their own computer skills and needs and for their reasons for enrolling at this university. The last such survey was carried out in 1995.
Of the total number of students targeted, some 25% (3,368) returned the survey, of whom 65% were female and 35% male. This matches the response ratio in 1995 (64.8% female and 34.5% male), and is consistent with most surveys sent to students, where nearly two-thirds of those responding are female.
The findings from this survey are presented in this report. They have been grouped firstly by College, and then by Faculty. Comparisons are made with the findings of the 1995 survey, but, because the College system was not in place in 1995, no comparisons can be made at this level.
At the same time, a survey was distributed to all academic staff who teach first year students. Of the total number sent out, 218 responses were received.
The most important findings coming out of a comparison of both student and staff surveys are the following.
The most important findings coming out of a comparison of the 1995 and the 2000 surveys is that students' previous experience with and access to computers has increased significantly.
Nevertheless, students still feel that they would like instruction in computer usage (presumably because 99% think that computer skills are important).
In 1995, 60% thought that computing training courses would be a good idea. In 2000, 80% said they might or would be interested in such courses.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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