June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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Use of Rubrics for Assessment of a Senior Project Design Course
Rubrics are becoming an essential link between instruction and assessment. This paper describes the application of rubrics to gauge the performance, skills, and competencies of students as they complete their senior projects in the EET and CET programs at DeVry University, Addison, IL.
ABET’s requirement for accredited programs to implement outcomes-based models has stimulated the growth of formalized assessment programs within the engineering and engineering technology communities.
The use of rubrics as an assessment tool allows faculty to: (a) Improve student performance by collecting data on student skills and competences, and (b) validate that students are achieving course and program objectives.
The senior project is a two-semester course sequence in which the students synthesize their previous coursework. Students are required to plan, design, implement, document, and present the solution to a software/hardware engineering problem.
Faculty use rubrics for the assessment of project proposal development in the eight semester and for project implementation in form of prototype development and demonstration in the ninth semester. Feedback from the rubrics is used to take corrective action to improve the course sequences, program objectives, and instructional delivery.
A rubric is an assessment tool that allows instructors to enhance the quality of direct instruction by providing focus, emphasis and attention to details as a model for a completed product, project or behavior.
There are two types of rubrics that are used for assessment: Analytic and Holistic. An analytic rubric identities and assesses the components of a completed project, and a Holistic rubric assess student work as a whole (see Table 11).
Table 1. Analytic vs. Holistic Characteristic Analytic Holistic Number of elements Several Few Inter-rater reliability High/more difficult Moderate/less difficult Scoring time More Less
Khan, A., & Lawrence, R. (2006, June), Use Of Rubrics For Assessment Of A Senior Project Design Course Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1336
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