Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río
On-line version ISSN 1561-3194
GONZALEZ RUIZ, Pablo. Problem solving by means of Microsoft Access application system. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.1, pp. 359-369. ISSN 1561-3194.
Among the contents of the subject of Informatics-1 that medical students in 1st academic year receive, one of the most difficult contents to be assimilated is the one related to Microsoft Access Application, mainly the one connected with problem-solving using the computer to design tables and to carry out relationships among these; that is why it is necessary to elaborate a system of exercises considering the levels of cognitive performance which contribute with the development of skills of problem-solving with computers, using Microsoft Access System, and taking into account the following aspects: the design or the table work as a basic premise ( Diagram entity- relation and the Model entity-relation). The system of exercises is based on a quasi-experimental study covering two groups of medical students in 1st academic year in the Medical University, Pinar del Rio municipality. The bases of this research paper are on lecture controls and knowledge checking, which show difficulties in problem-solving when using the Microsoft Access database. The newness of this system is that it envisages the exercises upon a developing perspective of the levels of cognitive performance. The essential conclusion stated is that, with the creation of this system the student will quickly get familiar with the concepts (tables, attributes, field, register, key field and others), before approaching to an informative system, that is to say, a better way of logic thinking is achieved, from the living contemplation to the abstract thinking and from this to the practice as a prove of truth.
Keywords : Informatics; education; Medical education.