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Various relevant assessments are selected by faculty to measure COs or PIs for a certain course. The EAMU vectors for a CO or PI are calculated from the set of final percentage values obtained for all students after applying the weighted average to the scores for each student in all assessments used for measurement of that specific CO or PI. Discussions below will further elaborate the concepts utilized in obtaining final calculations.
Realistic learning outcomes measurements are achieved by specifying weights to different assessments according to a combination of their course grading policy and type. The first rationale in order of priority is the type of assessment so that higher weight is assigned to laboratory/design related assessments compared to purely theoretical assessments since laboratory/design work cover all three domainsof Bloom’s taxonomy cognitive, psychomotor and affective or final exams over quiz since the final exam is more comprehensive and well-designed than a quiz and the students are generally more prepared for a final exam with many of their skills reaching a higher level of maturityand proficiency by then. The second rationale in priority is to account for the percentage contribution of the given assessment to the final grade which is derived from the course grading scale. Figure below shows the 4 course formats developed by the Faculty of Engineering at IU to calculate the weighting factors for different assessment types. Faculty first select the course format which matches their course design to obtain the multiplication factors for different assessment types. Then for a specific assessment type in the given course its final weighting factor % is calculated by obtaining the product of its course grading scale and multiplication factor.
Figures below illustrate examples of weighting factor % rationale and calculation applied to various type of assessments.