Document Type

Other

Publication Date

8-2006

Abstract

This report presents results of a peer review of MQPs conducted within the Computer Science Department during the Summer of 2006 as part of a campus-wide MQP review. The intent of the report is to assess whether the department MQPs are accomplishing their educational goals. 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 44 MQPs, involving 85 computer science students, that were completed between the Summer of 2005 and the Spring of 2006. 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 88% of the projects were evaluated with an overall quality of at least adequate with 47% better than adequate. However, these measures are down from similar measures in the 2001 MQP Review. In contrast, the grades for this year's projects are significantly higher than the grades for the 2001 projects. 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. 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-06-15

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