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

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ConferenceComputing Education Practice 2020
Abbreviated titleCEP
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDurham
Period9/01/209/01/20
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© 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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First Year Computer Science Projects at Coventry University : Activity-led integrative team projects with continuous assessment. / Billings, Simon; England, Matthew.

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Billings, S & England, M 2020, First Year Computer Science Projects at Coventry University: Activity-led integrative team projects with continuous assessment. in CEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020., 2, ACM, Computing Education Practice 2020, Durham, United Kingdom, 9/01/20. https://doi.org/10.1145/3372356.3372358
Billings, Simon ; England, Matthew. / First Year Computer Science Projects at Coventry University : Activity-led integrative team projects with continuous assessment. CEP 2020: Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice 2020. ACM, 2020.
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