Dissertation by portfolio : an alternative to the traditional thesis

CROWTHER, Paul and HILL, Richard (2012). Dissertation by portfolio : an alternative to the traditional thesis. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 1 (2).

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Abstract

Both the absolute numbers and proportion of international students in the student cohorts of postgradute computing and engineering courses rose dramatically between 2005 and 2009. One of the hardest tasks these students have to perform is the production of a dissertation in English. This paper will concentrate on experiences with students studying computing masters level courses. This paper asks the question whether we are assessing a student's skills with academic English or their ability to meet the learning outcomes of the dissertation module. It will present an alternative to the traditional written dissertation in the form of a portfolio model which is applicable in highly technical research projects. The lessons learned from a pilot project which introduced portfolio dissertations to the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University will be presented along with plans for the next stage of implementation.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: Paul Crowther
Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 08:31
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 18:00
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5274

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