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An investigation into causes of poor performance in a final level course in Mechanical Engineering

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dc.contributor.author Graham, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Walker, M
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-12T10:51:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-12T10:51:01Z
dc.identifier.uri http://er.dut.ac.za/123456789/232
dc.description Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education, Cape Town en_US
dc.description.abstract In order to determine if performance was generally poor, limited to certain sections of the syllabus, or related to certain question types such as calculations or conceptual problems, the performance of students in individual questions in the June 2012 exam was recorded. Analysis showed performance in calculation problems to be much better than in conceptual ones. The average score for all calculation problems, bar one, was significantly higher than those for conceptual problems. The calculation question with the worst performance was the section covered last in class and not assessed in tests. Students under pressure as the exam approached may have opted to ignore this section and concentrate on sections they were more familiar with. After this initial study it was decided to rearrange the syllabus, covering this section earlier, to see if this would improve results. Extra resources such as videos, tutorials, examples and quizzes were added to the subject’s online platform to support this section and to provide support with regard conceptual questions. The following semester’s tests and exam results were analysed to see if these interventions were successful. Analysis of test results showed no real change. To determine why these interventions were not successful students were surveyed, and data from the online platform analysed to determine the extent that online resources were utilised. Usage was found to be limited. en_US
dc.subject Online resources en_US
dc.subject Engineering education en_US
dc.subject Learning Management Systems (LMS) en_US
dc.subject LMS Usage en_US
dc.title An investigation into causes of poor performance in a final level course in Mechanical Engineering en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.contributor.faculty Engineering and Built Environment en_US
dc.publisher.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/1046 en_US
dc.description.approach Case Study en_US


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