Dr Pakiso Khomokhoana
Position
Lecturer
Department
Computer Science and Informatics
Address
WWG
Computer Science and Informatics
IB 65
Telephone
051/401-9396
Office
308
Information

Short CV

Pakiso J. Khomokhoana holds the following qualifications:

  • PhD. in Computer Information Systems, University of the Free State (UFS), 2020.
  • MSc. in Computer Information Systems, UFS (Distinction), 2011.
  • BSc. Honors in Computer Information Systems, UFS, 2009.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems, University of Cape Town (UCT), 2008.
  • BSc. in Physics & Computer Science, National University of Lesotho (NUL), 2002.

Professional Training  

  • 2006 - Red Hat Linux Essentials.
  • 2020 - Android Mobile Development (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced).
  • 2020 - Programming with Java (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced). 

Career and Research

Pakiso has been lecturing since the year 2014. Prior to this time, he occupied an ICT technical and managerial position at the Computer Services Unit of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). In his service as a lecturer, he has presented modules including Programming (C#), Computer Applications in a Business Environment, Project Management, and Research Methodology. He joined the Department of Computer Science & Informatics at UFS as a lecturer in March 2020. His current research focus is in the field of Computer Science Education.

Honours and Awards

  • Best Paper Award at the 48th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers` Association (SACLA) for the paper titled "Decoding source code comprehension: Bottlenecks experienced by senior computer science students" – University of South Africa (2019).
  • Best Paper Award at the 50th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers` Association (SACLA) for the paper titled "Mapping the problem-solving strategies of novice programmers to Polya’s framework: SWOT analysis as a bottleneck identification" – University of Johannesburg (2021).  

Membership 

  • Member of Golden Key International Honour Society. 

PhD Thesis

  • Source code comprehension: Decoding the cognitive challenges of novice programmers. 

MSc Dissertation  

  • Using mobile learning applications to encourage active participation in large undergraduate Computer Science classes: Technical and pedagogical considerations. 

Publications

  • Accredited Journals:  

    • Khomokhoana, P. J., & Nel, L. (2020). Decoding the underlying cognitive processes and related support strategies utilised by expert instructors during source code comprehension. South African Journal, 32(2), 232-257.  
  • Chapters in Scopus-indexed Publications:  

    • Khomokhoana, P. J., & Nel, L. (2020). Decoding source code comprehension: Bottlenecks experienced by senior computer science students. In B. Tait, J. Kroeze, & S. Gruner (Eds.), ICT Education (pp. 17-32). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https:doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35629-3_2  
    • Khomokhoana P.J., Kogeda O.P. (2021) Understanding Factors Influencing Infusion and Use of an Online Collaboration Tool: A Case of a Higher Education Institution in Lesotho. In: Gervasi O. et al. (eds) Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2021. ICCSA 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12950 (pp. 443-458). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86960-1_31  
  • Papers Delivered at National Conferences:  

    • Khomokhoana, P.J. & Nel, L. (2019). Decoding Source Code Comprehension: Bottlenecks Experienced by Senior Computer Science Students. The 48th annual Southern African Computer Lecturers Association (SACLA 2019), July 2019, Alpine Heath Resort, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa. 
    • Khomokhoana, P.J. & Nel, L. (2021). Mapping the problem-solving strategies of novice programmers to Polya’s framework: SWOT analysis as a bottleneck identificationThe 50th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers` Association (SACLA 2021), July 15-16, 2021, Virtual Conference hosted by the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Johannesburg.  
  • Papers Delivered at International Conferences:  

    • Khomokhoana, P.J. & Kogeda O.P. (2021). Understanding factors influencing infusion and use of an Online Collaboration Tool: A case of a Higher Education institution in Lesotho. Accepted for presentation at The International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2021), September 13-16, 2021, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy. 

 

Area(s) of Interest

  • Computer Science Education
  • Program Comprehension
  • Internet Programming
  • Mobile Internet Technology
  • Mobile Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Cloud and Edge Computing

Courses Presented

  • First Year:  

    • Computer Literacy Modules (CSIL1511 & CSIL1521). 
    • Introduction to the Internet & Web Development (CSIS1664).
    • Introduction to Information Systems (BCIS1513).
  • Second Year:  

    • Systems Infrastructure & Integration (BCIS2624).
  • Honors Level:  

    • Mobile Development (CSIP6853).

 Supervision:  

  • Honors
  • Masters 




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