Document Type

Other

Publication Date

8-2008

Abstract

This report presents results of a peer review of MQPs conducted within the Computer Science Department during the Summer of 2008 as part of a campus-wide MQP review. The intent of the report is to assess whether the department MQPs are accomplishing their edu- cational goals and fulfilling department-defined student learning out- comes. The report identifies problems that need to be addressed and trends that need to be continued to make the MQPs a worthwhile learning experience. It re ects data and evaluations for 28 MQPs, involving 52 computer science students, that were completed between the Summer of 2007 and the Spring of 2008. The report also makes comparisons to similar reviews done in the past. Overall, the large majority of the projects are meeting the educa- tional goals of the department. The reviews indicate that 83% of the projects were evaluated with an overall quality of at least adequate with 46% better than adequate. However, these measures are down from similar measures in the past two MQP reviews. The grades for this year's projects are a bit lower than the grades for 2006 projects, although the grades are still higher than most previous reviews. This report examines these issues as well as drawing a number of conclusions about the success of the projects based upon the data collected and evaluations done for this review. For the first time, this year's MQP review not only includes faculty evaluation of projects relative to department learning outcomes, but also correlates these outcomes with project grades and quality. The report concludes with recommendations for future reviews as the department continues to use the MQP Review as part of a larger department assessment effort.

DOI

WPI-CS-TR-08-05

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