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Administration And Results Of Extra Credit Projects

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.57.1 - 2.57.6



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Stephen Gwinn

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Kenneth Reid

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Session 1275

Administration and Results of Extra Credit Projects

Kenneth J. Reid, Stephen Gwinn Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)


This paper discusses an extra credit project from the educator's perspective for students in the Computer Technology Department at Purdue University (IUPUI). The paper discusses both the administration of the project and the results obtained by the students.

Students in two courses in the Computer Technology program were offered the chance to do a project for extra credit. The entire extra credit process was administered outside of the scheduled time of the course: students were required to obtain the project requirements from the instructor during office hours, identify a customer for their project, submit a proposal to the customer, obtain an acceptance letter, and deliver results that were complex enough to be useful to the customer, while modest enough to be completed in a four to six week period. The customer could not be the course instructor, but could be the department, a campus group or organization, or another instructor.

This project requirements were based on real world examples of project management, where a project team would submit a project proposal to a customer, identify the customer needs and work with the customer to deliver satisfactory results within any cost or time constraints.

The projects proposed by the students primarily involved the design and implementation of Web pages for various customers. While Web page design is a required skill for students in Computer Technology, this project offered the opportunity for students to implement a design for an outside customer as part of their educational experience; a skill that will most likely be necessary in future employment. This project offered students the opportunity to perform as a member of a real world project team, with the advantage of being in an academic environment, where assistance can be found if needed.


Students in two courses in the Computer Technology program were offered the chance to propose and design a project for extra credit towards their final grade in these courses. Both of the courses, Assembly Language for Microprocessors and Operating Systems I, were taught by the same instructor. The students were given the project requirements approximately mid- semester. They were told that any extra credit earned would be in addition to their regular assignments, quizzes, labs, and exams, and that those students who chose not to participate

Gwinn, S., & Reid, K. (1997, June), Administration And Results Of Extra Credit Projects Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6413

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