Evaluation of a new assessment scheme for a third-year concurrency course

Strooper, P. A. and Meinicke, L. (2007). Evaluation of a new assessment scheme for a third-year concurrency course. In: Simon Mann, Proceedings of the Ninth Australiasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2007). Ninth Australiasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2007), Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, (147-154). 30 January - 2 February, 2007.


Author Strooper, P. A.
Meinicke, L.
Title of paper Evaluation of a new assessment scheme for a third-year concurrency course
Conference name Ninth Australiasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2007)
Conference location Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Conference dates 30 January - 2 February, 2007
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Ninth Australiasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2007)
Place of Publication New South Wales, Australia
Publisher Australian Computer Society, Inc.
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1-920-68247-3
Editor Simon Mann
Volume 29
Issue 5
Start page 147
End page 154
Total pages 8
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper, we describe and evaluate a change that was made to the assessment scheme for a third-year course on concurrent systems. The original assessment scheme consisted of tutorials, three assignments, and a final examination. The change was motivated by the fact that students often performed poorly, especially on the third assignment, and yet the average mark that they received for this and the other assignments contributed to what we felt were inflated course grades. In the changed scheme, the third assignment was made more complex and open-ended, but it was also made optional in that students can pass the course without having to do this third assignment We evaluated the new assessment scheme by comparing the performance of students on Assignment 3 and the course for the last two years and by analysing the results of a student questionnaire.
Subjects 280302 Software Engineering
700102 Application tools and system utilities
E1
Keyword concurrency
student assessment
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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