First Year Computer Science Projects at Coventry University: Activity-led integrative team projects with continuous assessment.

Simon Billings, Matthew England

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    Abstract

    We describe the group projects undertaken by first year undergraduate Computer Science students at Coventry University. These are integrative course projects: designed to bring together the topics from the various modules students take, to apply them as a coherent whole. They follow an activity-led approach, with students given a loose brief and a lot of freedom in how to develop their project.
    We outline the new regulations at Coventry University which eases the use of such integrative projects. We then describe our continuous assessment approach: where students earn a weekly mark by demonstrating progress to a teacher as an open presentation to the class. It involves a degree of self and peer assessment and allows for an assessment of group work that is both fair, and seen to be fair. It builds attendance, self-study / continuous engagement habits, public speaking / presentation skills, and rewards group members for making meaningful individual contributions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020
    PublisherACM
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7729-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020
    EventComputing Education Practice 2020 - Durham, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Jan 20209 Jan 2020
    Conference number: 4th
    http://community.dur.ac.uk/cep.conference/2020/index.php

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Conference

    ConferenceComputing Education Practice 2020
    Abbreviated titleCEP
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityDurham
    Period9/01/209/01/20
    Internet address

    Bibliographical note

    © ACM, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in CEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020, http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/10.1145/3372356.3372358

    Keywords

    • Programming Education
    • Continuous Assessment
    • Self-Assessment
    • Integrative Projects
    • Activity Led Learning
    • Group Projects

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