Trialling an assignment structure that develops generic competencies and enriches subject understanding

Kist, Alexander A. (2009) Trialling an assignment structure that develops generic competencies and enriches subject understanding. In: AaeE 2009: Engineering the Curriculum, 6-9 Dec 2009, Adelaide, Australia.

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This paper reports on a new assignment structure that aims to address the rapid changes in content, and improve student engagement by assigning individual topics to students. It has been trialled in a third year introductory course for computer systems and communication networks. Two thirds of the students in this course are located off campus. As part of the assignment, students have to research an individual topic that extends the course content. Students disseminate the results of their research in presentations to the class along with a written report. The presentations are scheduled throughout the semester to coincide with study module content and are available online. Both, presentations and reports are assessed by peers. All presentations are recorded so they can be viewed and assessed by all students. This paper introduces details of the assignment and the mechanics that are employed to facilitate this structure. Post-course survey results are analysed to show the student’s perception of this new structure.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Dr Alexander Kist
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2010 01:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; peer assessment; transferable skills; student assignments
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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