Benchmarking Capstone Projects in UTS Faculty of Engineering

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dc.contributor.author Jarman, Robert en_US
dc.contributor.author Willey, Keith en_US
dc.contributor.editor Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) Teaching and Learning Committee en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-09T05:39:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-09T05:39:14Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2007000703 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Jarman Robert and Willey Keith 2007, 'Benchmarking Capstone Projects in UTS Faculty of Engineering', Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 45-57. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1 74107 135 6 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/3164
dc.description.abstract UTS Faculty of Engineering capstone projects are undertaken in the final semester(s) of study and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate a capacity to perform at the levels expected of a professional engineer. In many cases, students undertake projects in their workplace environment affording a rich context to integrate real world problems and solutions with academic rigour. The existing subject requirements have remained relatively unchanged for over 10 years; there is negligible evidence of the impact of its introduction and only anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness as a ‘capstone’ subject. Further, project supervisors have expressed their concern regarding a drop in quality of project work … and its assessment. Some students opt for ‘softer’ project topics, moderation of assessment criteria across faculty staff is problematic, and there is a lack of adequate evaluation (feedback) data from students to inform improvement strategy. As changes to subject requirements are being introduced in Spring 2007, a benchmarking exercise is timely. This paper will present the pertinent outcomes from a detailed evaluation undertaken by 85 capstone project students in Autumn semester 2007. Students were asked to self evaluate on a 0–5 scale the ‘applicability’ and their ‘capacity to demonstrate in their project work’ each of 61 competency indicators chosen from Engineers Australia ‘Stage 1 Competency Standards’. The outcomes will serve as a valuable guide for areas of improvement, as well as a benchmark against which future change can be measured. en_us
dc.description.abstract UTS:Engineering Capstone Projects are undertaken in the final semester(s) of study and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate a capacity to perform at the levels expected of a professional engineer. In many cases, students undertake projects in their workplace environment affording a rich context to integrate real-world problems and solutions with academic rigour. The existing subject requirements have remained relatively unchanged for over 10 years; there is negligible evidence of the impact of its introduction and only anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness as a a??capstonea?? subject. Further, project supervisors have expressed their concern regarding a drop in quality of project work a?? and its assessment. Some students opt for a??softera?? project topics, moderation of assessment criteria across Faculty staff is problematic, and there is a lack of adequate evaluation (feedback) data from students to inform improvement strategy. As changes to subject requirements are being introduced in Spring 2007, a benchmarking exercise is timely. This paper will present the pertinent outcomes from a detailed evaluation undertaken by 85 capstone project students in Autumn semester 2007. Students were asked to self-evaluate on a 0-5 scale the a??applicabilitya?? and their a??capacity to demonstrate in their project work each of 61 competency indicators chosen from Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards. The outcomes will serve as a valuable guide for areas of improvement as well as a benchmark against which future change can be measured. en_US
dc.publisher Queensland University of Technology en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://www.eac2007.qut.edu.au/program/Jarman_abstract.pdf en_US
dc.title Benchmarking Capstone Projects in UTS Faculty of Engineering en_US
dc.parent ATN EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT Conference en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 45 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 57 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Systems, Management and Leadership en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference.location Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.for 139900 en_US
dc.personcode 890473 en_US
dc.personcode 995679 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Education en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.custom ATN Assessment Conference en_US
dc.date.activity 20071129 en_US
dc.location.activity Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.description.keywords thesis projects, capstone, graduate attributes, evaluation en_US
dc.staffid 995679 en_US


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