• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

20042019
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Personal profile

General

I studied my BSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My doctoral degree was sponsored by the Overseas Research Studentship (ORS) Award administered by the CVCP (now Universities UK). From 1999 till 2001, I worked at the Department of Information Technology at the Masaryk University, Czech Republic, teaching natural language processing, machine translation, Prolog programming and elementary Chinese. I also collaborated with Professor Karel Pala in knowledge representation and concept organisation in WordNet-like lexical databases. Since 2006, my research interests also include Engineering Education research, especially in the area of assessments and feedback and effective use of computing technologies to aid learning and teaching in the Higher Education context.

I have been in the School of Engineering & Applied Science (EAS) at Aston University since October 2001 where I have taught a range of undergraduate programming-related courses, including software engineering, data structures and algorithm, Java programming, client-side Internet computing and natural language processing. I have also supervised PhD students. Between 2008 and 2009, I have been the champion for pedagogical research for EAS. Since the launch of the research institute Aston STEM Education Centre (ASEC), I have been an active member of ASEC.

I have a strong interest in promoting student learning and improving student learning experience. In 2017/8, I was the Acting Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) and the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee at EAS.

Research Interests

My current research is in the areas of Computing Education, E-Assessment and Knowledge Representation. I am interested in areas of Technology Enhanced Learning and Assessment, Knowledge Representation, Terminiology, Word Sense Disambiguation and Machine Translation. My doctorate research was in the area of Computational Linguistics involving Lexical-Functional Grammar and Machine Translation. 

Teaching Activity

My current teaching duty includes:

CS2020 Software Engineering
CS2310 Data Structures and Algorithms with Java 
CS4700/CS4800/CS4900 MSc Project

and the Degree Apprenticeship variants of some of the above modules, i.e.:

DC2020 Software Engineering
DC2310 Data Structures and Algorithms

I am the Year Tutor for the BSc in Computing Science Stage 2 programme. In 2016/7, I was the Deputy Postgraduate Programme Director for Computer Science programmes. Since 2017/8, I have been the Programme Director for the conversion Computer Science MSc degree programme, MSc in Computer Science.

Qualifications

  • BSc with First Class Honours in Computer Science / Software Engineering (University of Birmingham)

  • PhD in Computer Science (University of Birmingham)

  • Associate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning (Aston University)

Employment

  • 2017 – to date: Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2001 – 2017: Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.

  • 2000 – 2001: Lecturer in Information Technology, Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

  • 1999 – 2000: Teaching Assistant, Masaryk University.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I have been a Senior Fellow of the HEA since 2016.

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3473
Email: s.h.s.wong@aston.ac.uk
Room Number: MB 265G

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Research Output 2004 2019

Making the Most of Repetitive Mistakes: An Investigation into Heuristics for Selecting and Applying Feedback to Programming Coursework

Howell, R. & Wong, S. H., 16 Jan 2019, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018. Lee, M. J. W., Nikolic, S., Wong, G. K. W., Shen, J., Ros, M., Lei, L. C. U. & Venkatarayalu, N. (eds.). IEEE, p. 286-293 8 p. 8615128. (2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Computer programming
heuristics
programming
Feedback
Students

Discovering Missing Stages in the Teaching of Algorithm Analysis: an APOS-based study

Kay, A. & Wong, S. H. S., 22 Nov 2018, Proceedings of the 18th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. ACM, 18

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Teaching
student
teaching materials
abstraction
learning

Empowering SMEs to make better decisions with Business Intelligence: A Case Study

Raj, R., Wong, S. H. & Beaumont, A. J., 14 Nov 2018, IC3K 2016: Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management . Fred, A., Dietz, J., Aveiro, D., Liu, K., Bernadino, J. & Filipe, J. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 914. p. 306-325 24 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 914).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Small and medium-sized enterprises
Business intelligence
Business information
Information systems
Funding

Business Intelligence Solution for an SME: A Case Study.

Raj, R., Wong, S. H. & Beaumont, A. J., 11 Nov 2016, Proceedings of the 8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K 2016). SciTePress, p. 41-50 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Competitive intelligence
Industry

Reflective journals: can they be used to identify struggling students?

Wong, S. H. S., Thompson, E. & Beaumont, A., Jul 2015, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Students
student
knowledge acquisition
first-year student
tutor

Thesis

A computational model of prosody for Yorùbá text-to-speech synthesis

Author: Odéjobí, O. A., Jul 2005

Supervisor: Beaumont, A. J. (Supervisor) & Wong, S. H. S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Pharmaceutical studies on aromatic azido compounds

Author: Wong, S. K., 1986

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy