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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

A Knowledge / Capabilities / Competencies Descriptor Based Graduate Grading System for CDIO compliant Programs
Author:Antonio Costa <acc@isep.ipp.pt> (ISEP)
Angelo Martins <amm@isep.ipp.pt> (ISEP)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1

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 stakeholders, aims to improve the social recognition of graduates and to facilitate the profiling of these graduates by employers.