An individual assessment technique for group projects in software engineering

An individual assessment technique for group projects in software engineering

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We present the history behind organising and assessing group projects in software engineering at Teesside Polytechnic. We describe why our initial plan in 1987-88 was seriously deficient in the objective assessment of many of the desirable attributes of a good software engineer. We review how we overhauled our method of setting and monitoring goals to create a cost-effective structured learning environment, and how we modified the industrial audit and review procedure to become our tool for individual assessment and performance/learning feedback. Details of the goals and their assessment are given. This methodology for the conduct of Honours-level group projects is commended as good educational practice.


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      • `Nuffield Foundation: ‘Small group teaching’', May 1976, Report by the Group for Research and Innovation in Higher Education
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      • Designing instructional systems
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      • Engineering quality software
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      • Software engineering — a practitioner's approach
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      • IEEE 830: ‘Guide to software requirements specification’ (ANSI, 1984)

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