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    Using an innovative assessment approach on a real-world group based software project

    Bergin, Susan and Mooney, Aidan (2016) Using an innovative assessment approach on a real-world group based software project. Working Paper. arXiv.

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    Currently, there is a lack of practical, real-world projects on Computer Science (CS) courses at Maynooth University. Generally CS undergraduate modules are composed of 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of labs where students learn theoretical concepts in the lectures and apply their understanding to practical lab-based exercises. The problem with this approach is that students do not gain any awareness of, or learn how to solve tasks that they are likely to encounter in a real-world industrial setting; nor do they gain experience of working as part of a team even though most software development positions involve team-based work. This paper reports on a web-based development module that incorporated a real-world group based project was re-designed and delivered. The module went well; however, assessing the work fairly was found to be difficult, especially where team members contributed at considerably varying levels was a challenge. Of particular concern was that some hard-working students were penalised by other students poor work and lazy students were rewarded because of more hard-working students work. This action research project will attempt to re-address how to assess this group-based work with a cohort of students. The goal of the research is to implement an innovative assessment structure, using peer-, self-, and co-assessment, for a group based real-world project, that is deemed fair and reasonable and provided a good learning environment.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: arXiv preprint
    Keywords: assessment; real-world; group based software project; Computer Science; Maynooth University; co-assessment; web-based development module; peer assessment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 8235
    Identification Number: arXiv:1609.07899
    Depositing User: Aidan Mooney
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 15:22
    Publisher: arXiv
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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