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BREAK IT UP FOR SUCCESS IN ASSESSMENT

By Lorraine Gearing

Abstract

Many database assignments are weighty and involve students in the design and build of a database system. Typically a case study is given to students and they are assessed on their abilities to design and implement a database system. This paper suggests that a way to assist in student success is to split any database assignment of the type described above into successive parts. Each stage can be given a ‘model ’ answer to allow students to progress. Without this, an early disaster can lead to complete failure as errors are compounded. A strong student is still rewarded as he/she can use their own information from the earlier stages that will give them benefit because of the amount of work that they have already done. But perhaps the real beneficiary is the weaker student who is not penalised as he/she tries to implement a poor design

Topics: perceptions
Year: 2010
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