The use of an open case study coursework assessment and self-evaluation approach to improve student learning

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This investigation aims to evaluate the benefits and challenges generated by using an open case study for a coursework summative assessment. This evaluation is conducted from the students' as well as from the tutor's perspective. A selection of mathematical modelling and computer-based simulation techniques are taught in a supply chain modelling module for students studying logistics at undergraduate level in their final year. This is considered a difficult topic due to the level of mathematical modelling required to develop logistics and supply chain models. The summative coursework assessment is designed in the form of an open case study where students can search and develop their individual case studies. This allows students to select the level of difficulty they are most comfortable with in providing a solution for their defined supply chain system. It has been observed that this form of assessment reaches different levels of learning, and allows students to identify links and connections between the use of different techniques studied and their practical application. The discussion provided incorporates findings from tutor's observations, students' self-evaluation reports and observations from an end of year questionnaire.

LanguageEnglish
Pages15-24
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Assessment and Evaluation
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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