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Changing evaluation of a master programme module to improve students' overall achievements

Brabazon, Dermot orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3214-6381, Karazi, Shadi orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-8887-0873 and Ahad, Inam Ul orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-3802-6156 (2016) Changing evaluation of a master programme module to improve students' overall achievements. In: 6th International Symposium for Engineering Education,, 14-15 Jul 2016, Sheffield, UK.

One of the modules delivered since 2001 in the Mechanical Engineering taught Masters Programme at Dublin City University is entitled “Product Design, Development and Value Analysis”. The module is assessed by two continuous assessments, both worth 10% and by a final exam worth 80%. In 2005, the exam period of this module was increased from 120 minutes to 150 minutes. Additionally, the second continuous assessment assignment was change from a report assignment to a set of 20 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) covering the entire module content. This assessment was run in the final week of the module. The first assignment was and remains as a report assignment. These two modifications were introduced to give the students sufficient time to complete the exam paper, and to provide a more comprehensive evaluation by the students for themselves as to their extent of knowledge on the module content. Average results of continuous assessment, exam marks, and overall marks before and after the change were assessed from 2002 to 2015 and presented in this paper. The two above-mentioned changes brought 14.2% increase in the continuous assessment average results, and 15.7% increase in the final exam marks. Therefore the combined effect of the changes has resulted in a significant positive increase in the student overall achievement within this module. The data and reasons behind these changes are discussed.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Science education; Evaluation
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Institutes and Centres > Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APTRC)
Copyright Information:© 2016 The Authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21338
Deposited On:19 Aug 2016 11:00 by Fran Callaghan . Last Modified 12 Aug 2021 09:13

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