Abstract—More of the half of the 142 Peruvian universities
have undergraduate programs related to Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT), bearing in mind the
continuous changes in ICT, the present research question was:
is there a consistency in coursework supporting new
technologies, e.g. Cognitive Neuroscience? Results from 8051
students at electrical ICT programs were: (1) similar number of
students in private and public universities; (2) not significant
difference between students of private and public universities in
the different databases in IEEE at around 39%, Hinari at
around 3% and ScienceDirect at around 13%; (3) several
different courses related to Cognitive neuroscience were found
in different ways at Electronics Engineering programs; and (4)
a summer course of Cognitive Neuroscience for undergraduates
students was done, with two reaching a masters scholarship. On
the other hand, considering Peruvian Computer Science
programs, only 22% of the students have used the IEEE
database. Finally, a mixed analysis was done considering
coursework and student access to databases. Results pointed to
top local universities with low IEEE access and greater IEEE
access of other less top universities with coursework related to
Cognitive Neuroscience. An example was explained of
aboriginal local legend, considering past and current culture at
pluricultural place in Peru, where videogames were considered.
This contrasted with the low local use of scientific databases and
suggested that past and current culture analysis are important
as well as solutions or educative adaptations from other
countries. All these results suggested that cognitive
neuroscience must be part of ICT coursework.
Index Terms—Cognitive neuroscience, undergraduate coursework, information and communication technologies (ICT).
Carlos A. Mugruza-Vassallo was with Universidad de Lima, Avenida Javier Prado Este N.° 4600, Lima, Perú. He is now with the Universidad Nacional Tecnológica de Lima Sur (UNTELS), Av Central Sector 3 Grupo 1A 03, Villa EL Salvador, Lima, Perú (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yolanda C. Mugruza-Vassallo was with Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Av. Tupac Amaru 210, Rímac, Lima, Perú. She is now with the Universidad de Lima, Avenida Javier Prado Este N.° 4600, Lima, Perú.
Cite: Carlos A. Mugruza-Vassallo and Yolanda C. Mugruza-Vassallo, "Cognitive Neuroscience in Engineering Coursework at Peruvian University Programs," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 437-442, 2018.