Enhanced Methods of Coursework Provision in Computer Networks.

Buchanan, William J and Saliou, Lionel (2004) Enhanced Methods of Coursework Provision in Computer Networks. In: IEEE International Conference on Information Technology: Research and Education, 11-13 August 2003, Newark, New Jersey, USA.

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Many computing-related programmes and modules have many problems caused with large class sizes, large-scale plagiarism, module franchising, and an increasing requirement from students for increased amounts of hands-on, practical work. This paper presents a practical computer networks module which uses a mixture of on-line examinations and a practical skills-based test to assess student performance. Many academics have observed a strong link between examination and coursework performance, where academically strong students generally work hard for both examinations and courseworks. This paper shows that it is possible to design hand-on practicals which have a strong correlation between performance in practical skills-based tests and in examination-type assessments. The paper shows results which grades students for two on-line, multiple choice tests, and then analyses the average time these students take to complete a practical on-line test. It shows that, on average, the average time taken to complete the test increases for weaker students. Along with this the paper shows that female students in the practical test out-perform male students by a factor of 25%.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 0780377249
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer networks; Online Coursework; Module structure; Academic testing; Skills based assessment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 2604
Depositing User: Lionel Saliou
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 11:57
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2011 14:58

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