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

Kist, Alexander A. (2011) Trialling an assignment structure that develops generic competencies and enriches subject understanding. In: Engineering education: an Australian perspective. Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd., Essex, United Kingdom, pp. 43-51. ISBN 9781907132292


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 during two offerings in 2009 and 2100. 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: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 1. c. Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd. 2011.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 02:06
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; peer assessment; transferable skills; student assignments
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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