Generic Skills in Software Engineering Master Thesis Projects: Towards Rubric-Based Evaluation

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Robert Feldt, Martin Höst, Frank Lüders
Title: Generic Skills in Software Engineering Master Thesis Projects: Towards Rubric-Based Evaluation
Conference name: 22nd IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T'09)
Year: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-642-02151-0
Publisher: IEEE CS
City: Hyderabad
ISI number: 000268050000002
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/com
Authors e-mail: robert.feldt@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: There has been much recent interest in how to help students in higher education develop their generic skills, especially since this is a focus of the Bologna process that aims to standardize European higher education. However, even though the Master thesis is the final and often crucial part of a graduate degree and requires many generic skills very little research has directly focused on them.
In particular, there is a lack of such knowledge for engineering education programs. In this paper we present results from a survey where we asked 23 students from three different Swedish universities about which generic skills are needed and developed in a Master thesis project in Software Engineering. One outcome of our analysis is that there is a lack of understanding on how to define, and thus examine, generic skills in software engineering thesis projects.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Teaching, Software Engineering, Master Thesis, Generic Skills
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