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Title: Comparison Between Grade Earned in a Course and Performance in a Simulated FE Examination for Mechanics Related Courses PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Gnanapragasam, Nirmala
Jefferey, Dragovich
Kuder, Katie
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is one of several assessment tools in place at universities to demonstrate some of the learning outcomes. Seattle University requires that all civil engineering graduates take the FE examination prior to graduation but does not require they pass it. Lack of student motivation to pass the examination and not knowing the questions in the FE examination may impact the assessment process. Therefore, four years ago, in 2004, the department instituted a comprehensive examination which simulates the FE examination. Seniors are required to take two, two-hour long comprehensive examinations, one in the fall quarter and the other in the winter quarter. The questions are purchased from an external source. The fall and winter quarter examinations simulate the morning and the afternoon portion of the FE examination, respectively. The examinations count 20% towards their final grade in the capstone design course.



This paper summarizes the results compiled for the past four years for mechanics based courses. Student grades earned in specific courses are compared against their performance in related topics in the comprehensive examination.



Results show that the overall student GPA in mechanics courses correlates with comprehensive examination performance. However, there is poor correlation between student performance in specific subjects and corresponding student grades. The FE pass rates of Seattle University civil engineering students have been higher than the national pass rates since the implementation of the comprehensive examination. However, more years of data is necessary to support the latter conclusion.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
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Format: pdf
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-09-29 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-13 15:20:33 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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