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A Rubric for Assessing an Electric Circuits Laboratory Final Exam

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2020 ASEE North Central Section conference

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Morgantown, West Virginia

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March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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9

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Ahmed Ammar Ohio Northern University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5907-7043

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Ahmed Ammar received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Sirte University, Libya, in 2005, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, USA, in 2012 and 2019, respectively. In 2019, he joined Ohio Northern University as a visiting assistant professor. His current research focuses on the area of cooperative energy harvesting wireless communications.

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Heath Joseph LeBlanc Ohio Northern University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7585-2695

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Heath J. LeBlanc is an Associate Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at Ohio Northern University. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and graduated summa cum laude with his BS in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2007. His research interests include cooperative control of networked multi-agent systems, resilient and fault-tolerant control, and networked control systems. He received the Best Student Paper Award in the area of Intelligent Control Systems and Optimization at the 2010 International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, and he received an Honorable Mention Award at the 2012 International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control.

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Muhammad Ajmal Khan Ohio Northern University

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Dr. M. Ajmal Khan is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECCS) at Ohio Northern University (ONU). He did his Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada in wireless communications and data networks in 2016. His current research interests include wireless communications and networks, wireless systems security, and engineering education. He has actively participated in KEEN Innovating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial Mindset (ICE) Workshop in 2017 and KEEN National Conference 2018. He has actively incorporated various pedagogical techniques for Entrepreneurial Minded Learning (EML) in several courses including networks and data communications, electric circuits, systems design and communication systems.

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Khalid S. Al-Olimat P.E. Ohio Northern University

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Dr. Khalid S. Al-Olimat is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio Northern University. He obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from Far Eastern University in 1990, the MS in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University in 1994 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1999. Dr. Al-Olimat is the recipient of Henry Horldt Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004 and 2014. He is a senior member of IEEE and the chair of IEEE-Lima section. His areas of interest are power engineering, adaptive, fuzzy and intelligent control. Dr. Al-Olimat is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan.

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Abstract

Laboratory experiments offer practical applications of the theory learned in courses, and are an integral part of engineering programs. Oftentimes, students work in pairs or small groups during laboratory experiments. Sometimes the collaborative experience can support peer learning, whereas other times a divide-and-conquer approach is adopted, in which each student completes a portion of the laboratory activities. This approach often leads to students specializing in a proper subset of the skills we would like for them to develop.

One approach to deter the aforementioned specialization is to include a laboratory final exam as part of the course, which comprehensively assesses the different skills and knowledge competencies intended for the laboratory course. In laboratory courses with several sections and different instructors, it can be challenging to ensure consistency in the assessment of the laboratory final exam.

A solution to ensuring consistency of assessing laboratory final exams across sections is to develop a comprehensive rubric for assessing the various elements of the examination. This paper provides an example rubric for an electric circuits laboratory final exam and discusses how the rubric is used to help prepare the students for the laboratory final, as well as how it is used to assess the laboratory final exam during the period in which the exam is administered.

Ammar, A., & LeBlanc, H. J., & Khan, M. A., & Al-Olimat, K. S. (2020, March), A Rubric for Assessing an Electric Circuits Laboratory Final Exam Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35721

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