Asee peer logo

E-Assessment and Direct Competency Modelling in a Chemistry for Mechanical Engineering Course

Download Paper |


2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Assessment

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Rebecca Jo Pinkelman Technische Universität Darmstadt

visit author page

Rebecca J. Pinkelman graduated from Chadron State College with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology in 2008. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She is currently a post-doctoral research scientist in the Mechanical and Process Engineering Department at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

visit author page


Frank Guido Kühl Technische Universität Darmstadt

visit author page

Frank G. Kühl studied at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and Lunds Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden in Mechanical Process Engineering. He received his diploma in Mechanical Process Engineering from TU Darmstadt in 2011 and is currently a Ph.D. student at the institute of Thermal Process Engineering there.

visit author page

author page

Brian Stephenson


Manfred J. Hampe Technische Universität Darmstadt

visit author page

Manfred J. Hampe graduated from Technische Universität Clausthal in 1976 and
received his doctorate in engineering from Technische Universität München in
1980. He worked as a process engineer in the central research division of
Bayer AG in Leverkusen before he became full professor of Thermal Process
Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technische
Universität Darmstadt in 1995. His research interests are in the field of
transport phenomena at fluid interfaces. He has been the chairman of the
Working Party on Education in Chemical and Process Engineering of the
VDI-Society for Chemical and Process Engineering and member of the European Working Party on Education in Chemical Engineering for many years. He is the vice-chairman of the council of the faculties of mechanical and process
engineering in Germany and chairman of 4ING, the German Council of
University Faculties in Engineering and Informatics. Between 2004 and 2013
he was one of the 19 German Bologna experts. He received the ars legendi
award 2013 of the Stifterverband and the German Rectors Conference.

visit author page

Download Paper |


In large classes with hundreds of students enrolled, it is difficult to gauge the knowledge level of the students on a regular basis until the exams where it is almost too late to correct and supplement competency deficiencies. Complementing weekly lectures with an online learning platform coupled with a direct competency model for e-learning and e-assessment can provide real-time feedback on student knowledge and deficiencies for the instructors and help the students better prepare for their exams and increase their core knowledge. A case study of a large Chemistry for Mechanical Engineering course (~400-500 students) at a German university utilized an online platform to develop a direct competency model to assess students’ knowledge of core chemistry competencies. These competencies were based on the learning outcomes of the course. This model consisted of short review questions (2-3 per topic) that test students’ understanding of the concept and a pre and post self-assessment over these core competencies. Students that scored higher in the direct competency questions showed higher mastery of the subject topic through achieving higher scores on correlated exam tasks and subtasks. Also the pre and post self-assessment showed that students made significant gains in core knowledge. This validation of the competency model allows it to be used in real-time in an online learning platform to see how well students understand the material and allows the instructor to correct deficiencies shortly after the material is presented and before the next exam.

Pinkelman, R. J., & Kühl, F. G., & Stephenson, B., & Hampe, M. J. (2016, June), E-Assessment and Direct Competency Modelling in a Chemistry for Mechanical Engineering Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26874

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015