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Investigation of factors affecting the learning of final year advanced materials and manufacturing students

Naher, Sumsun and Brabazon, Dermot and Looney, Lisa (2007) Investigation of factors affecting the learning of final year advanced materials and manufacturing students. In: International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE-07, 17-19 September 2007, Dublin City University.

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An investigation was recently conducted into the delivery of an Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes module which was presented to a sub-group of the final year engineering students at Dublin City University (DCU). Results from the class which has just completed their final year studies were examined in relation to the method of delivery. This cohort consisted of 25 students, 13 which studied for the Computer Aided Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (CAM) degree and 12 which studied for the Business and Manufacturing Engineering (BME) degree. This paper presents an examination of some of the factors affecting the overall results of these students. Factors evaluated include attendance of the student, as well as individual performance in continuous assessment and examination. Overall attendance at the lecture, the organised seminar series, and practical work were recorded. Results indicate a direct link between attendance and marks awarded. Students with higher attendance achieved better grades. Good continuous assessment performance did not automatically indicate good exam performance. Contrary evidence to this is discussed in relation to student learning styles where students may show better ability in exams with poorer ability in continuous assessment and vice versa.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Subjects:Social Sciences > Teaching
Social Sciences > Education
Engineering > Engineering education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Publisher:Dublin City University
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:463
Deposited On:22 May 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:05

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