A Knowledge / Capabilities / Competencies Descriptor Based Graduate Grading System for CDIO compliant Programs

Antonio Costa & Angelo Martins
This paper discusses the problem of graduate program grading and proposes a descriptor based graduate grading system that is more suited to CDIO compliant engineering programs. It identifies the weaknesses of Cumulative Grade Point Average techniques as a means to quantify the “quality” of graduates and describes a grading system for individually characterizing proficiency in terms of Knowledge, Capabilities and Competencies. This alternative grading system, derived with feedback from capstone project supervisors and other external...
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