Improving on- and off-campus student performance in structural mechanics
Hall, Wayne, Ferguson, Clive, Jones, Trevor and Palmer, Stuart 2005, Improving on- and off-campus student performance in structural mechanics, in ASEE/AaeE 2005 : Program and proceedings : 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld.
ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
School of Engineering, The University of Queensland
Place of publication
This paper investigates the performance of 329 (173 on- and 186 off-campus) students enrolled in two structural mechanics units at Deakin University, a leader in engineering distance-education in Australia. The two units experience unacceptably high rates of failure. An analysis of the assignment, laboratory and examination marks is presented. Consideration is also given to the total marks. The results show that on-campus students perform better in structural mechanics than their off-campus counterparts. Plots of the student performance distributions for the three assessment methods are provided (for each unit) and high failure rates are linked to low examination marks. Students tend to perform best in assignments and worst in examinations. Parametric statistical tests show a correlation between the continuous assessment and examination marks. To motivate students to fully participate in continuous assessment tasks the authors therefore propose several changes to the assessment criteria and marking schemes.
Field of Research
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
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