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Utting, Ian (1999)
Publisher: SEFI
Languages: English
Types: Unknown
Subjects: QA76
The core second level course in Software Engineering for Computer Science students at the University of Kent has, for many years, included a substantial design-and-build group project component. In recent years, this has been enhanced to address a number of issues crucial to students' development as reflective, professional practitioners. These include: . group allocation and formation . appropriate technical and non-technical goal-setting within the context of the taught material. These goals are used both to guide practice and as a basis for assessment. . students' critical evaluation of their own and others' achievements, in the context of moderated self and peer assessment. Although the work is assessed as a group, it has proved possible to account for variations between individuals' efforts using a novel questionnaire based approach initially developed by the University of Exeter. Problems (for both staff and students) in the implementation of these enhancements to the group learning and educational experience are addressed, and identified beneficial solutions are described. The value of this approach is situated firstly in terms of changes to the students' approach to subsequent, less constrained, project work, and secondly against the stated learning outcomes of the project; their improved technical and professional practices.
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    • Ian Utting is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK, and Director of the UKC Authorized Academic Java Campus. His research interests are in the engineering of large-scale distributed systems, and in the teaching of Computer Science. He teaches Object Oriented Design, Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. He is currently working as a member of the HEFCE FDTLfunded project EPCoS The Computing Laboratory at UKC is ranked as one of the top 10 in the UK for the teaching of Computer Science, and has recently become the first Sun AAJC in Europe.
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