First year Level 7 and 8 students from Mechanical, Common Entry, and Biomedical Engineering completed this assignment in 2020. It was worth 30% of their final mark, the rest of which was compiled from 2 other CA assessments and 10 Moodle quizzes.
Usually, this is done in a classroom setting. The exam was adapted into an Excel template for students to complete at home (due to COVID-19). There is a question on each worksheet. Students had learned how to use Excel throughout the year during classes and this was deemed the fairest way to proceed. They completed the assessment at home during their usual lab time. The assessment and the associated "UPLOAD" link on Moodle were only active for the 2 hours the students had to complete the assessment.
Details of marking scheme and instructions for completion can be seen on the cover sheet and on each subsequent worksheet.
The Engineering in Business course is an introduction to several different aspects of Engineering with a view to inspiring students to choose a particular discipline within the area. As such, there is very little crossover between different learning outcomes. Microsoft Excel and Group Work as well as presentation skills are emphasized and used by students throughout the year, thus spanning several of the technical learning objectives.
Above is a sample of student work, presenting a summary on Automobile Engineering. It is anonymized but work is displayed here with permission from the authors. The eye catching visuals, succint bullet points as well as the students' presentation style earned them a high mark for this presentation.
This is a sample of the peer assessment rubric provided to students completing First Year Maths. Once every 2-3 weeks, students would correct one another's assignments. A maximum of 2 marks were awarded for getting all the answers correct, 2 for showing calculations, and 2 for neatness. This was to encourage students who did not like Maths to participate, as they could still obtain up to 4 marks (out of a possible 6) even if they got all their answers incorrect.
Other Assessment Types Used:
Throughout the year I employed a variety of assessment techniques including:
Moodle Quizzes (Engineering in Business students completed one per week to meet Learning Outcomes)
Peer Assessment (done for Maths tutorials every 2-3 weeks - students learned how to mark each others assignments based on a rubric I provided)
- Continuous Assessment (Mechanics of Materials, and Materials Science and Processes) - students submitted 2 CA assignments in semester 1.
End of Year Exams (Mechanics of Materials, and Materials Science and Processes) - worth a total of 60% of the final mark.