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Time Limited Exams: Student Perceptions and Comparison of Their Grades versus Time in Engineering Mechanics: Statics

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Teaching Methods for Engineering Mechanics Courses

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Carisa H. Ramming Oklahoma State University

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Carisa Ramming is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she obtained degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Construction Management. She worked in industry for six years as licensed engineer and structural consultant for Wallace Engineering in Tulsa, OK before returning to Oklahoma State as a visiting faculty member in the School of Architecture. In 2009, Professor Ramming joined the faculty full time as an assistant professor of architectural engineering. Since that time, she has taught classes in structural analysis, timber and steel design, engineering mechanics: statics, building foundations and numerical analysis.

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Rachel Mosier P.E. Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rachel Mosier is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Mosier is licensed as a professional engineer in Construction Engineering. Her research interest is the cost of sustainable construction to owners and technology in the classroom.

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Little research has been performed as to whether timed exams serve any purpose beyond the limitation of the class time. The use of time limited exams is broad and includes college entrance exams, graduate school entrance exams, professional and licensing exams and typical coursework exams. Entrance and professional exams are achievement tests and also considered “power” tests. Should all tests assume this quality? In engineering, architecture and technology fields where professional exams are frequently required post-graduation, time limited exams may be considered a stepping stone.

Previous research has focused on students with disabilities. However, students without disabilities may also suffer from exam anxiety. Exam anxiety may be due to a variety of psychometric factors. In order to better understand factors associated with exams, students were given a survey to determine their perceptions. The survey included questions on perception of time and self-evaluation of emotion. The survey questions were correlated with exam grades and the amount of time the students spent on the exam.

Ramming, C. H., & Mosier, R. (2018, June), Time Limited Exams: Student Perceptions and Comparison of Their Grades versus Time in Engineering Mechanics: Statics Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31144

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