A B.A.S.I.C. Tutorial for the Apple Computer

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)



First Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Fenn


This computer-assisted instruction program, A B.A.S.I.C. Tutorial, is designed to enhance the user's understanding of various beginning programming concepts. Many students will use this program as a reinforcement tool to aid in their mastering a skill or concept which was not mastered during the class session. Others will be able to move on more quickly to more challenging concepts at their own pace. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) allows such freedom (Sanders, 1983). Students involved in such a program have direct communication and interaction with the computer. The need for this method of instruction has been established, and is the focus of this program. This Tutorial Program has been designed for use by a remedial and learning disabled twelfth grade data processing class and should be used during the first semester of the school year. The highlight of this project is a tutorial written in the computer language B.A.S.I.C. (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). Upon completion of each of the three units, students will be given a self-check quiz. The students' comprehension of the concepts is evaluated on the basis of a final quiz and a mastery program. The Tutorial is designed to give each student an opportunity to repeat the final quiz until a level of 60% accuracy is achieved. Students are also expected to complete the mastery program with 70% accuracy. The Tutorial Program has been written, analyzed, and keyed on the Apple II Computer; utilizing approximately 160 contact hours.


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Sacred Heart University's School of Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Teaching.