Comparative academic performance of engineering and technology students at Deakin University, Australia
Palmer, Stuart and Bray, Sharyn 2003, Comparative academic performance of engineering and technology students at Deakin University, Australia, International journal of continuing engineering education and life-long learning, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 132-147.
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Students completing three-year engineering technology and four-year professional engineering undergraduate courses may undertake a number of common study units. To gain an objective understanding of the academic performance characteristics of both student groups in the engineering and technology programs at Deakin University (Australia), a study was undertaken of close to 9000 unit enrollments. It was found that: overall the BTech withdrawal rate was about 20% higher than for BE students; the rate of withdrawal was significantly different between the two student groups; the grade distribution for completing students was not significantly different between the two groups; the mean final grade was not significantly different between the two student groups; the failure rate was not significantly different between the two student groups; and the overall wastage rate (withdrawn rate plus fail rate) was significantly higher for BTech students. Other related results are also reported.
Field of Research
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
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