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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.

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Title Improving on- and off-campus student performance in structural mechanics
Author(s) Hall, Wayne
Ferguson, Clive
Jones, Trevor
Palmer, Stuart
Conference name ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (4th : 2005 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 26-29 September 2005
Title of proceedings ASEE/AaeE 2005 : Program and proceedings : 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
Editor(s) Radcliffe, David
Humphries, Josh
Publication date 2005
Conference series ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
Total pages 9
Publisher School of Engineering, The University of Queensland
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld
Summary 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.
ISBN 9781864998283
1864998288
Language eng
Field of Research 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005621

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