Enhanced methods of coursework provision of computing.

Buchanan, William J and Saliou, Lionel (2004) Enhanced methods of coursework provision of computing. In: 2nd International Conference on Information Technology: Research and Education, 2004 ITRE 2004. IEEE, 111 - 115. ISBN 0-7803-8625-6

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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: Book Section
ISBN: 0-7803-8625-6
Additional Information: c) 2004 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other works.") Paper presented at ITRE 2004, 28 June - 1 July 2004
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer networks; courseworks; on-line exams; skills testing;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 3980
Depositing User: Professor Bill Buchanan
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 10:04
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 10:45

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