Evaluating individual contributions to group projects

Derek Covill, Tim Katz, Steven Smith, Dan Hicks

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This study describes a method of setting and assessing group projects that has been developed and successfully implemented on our undergraduate Engineering and Product Design degrees for over 10 years. A simple weighted-matrix method, applied in Excel, generates a weighting factor based on a peer assessment of the contribution and effort of each student. This weighting factor, when multiplied by the group mark, is used to calculate an individual student's mark. The methodology used was reviewed considering relevant literature in the fields of group project learning and project-based learning, with implications for large cohorts discussed. Finally, two case studies are examined with issues and resolutions highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2020
EventInternational conference on engineering and product design education - VIA University College, Herning, Denmark
Duration: 10 Sep 202011 Sep 2020
Conference number: 22


ConferenceInternational conference on engineering and product design education
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  • group assessment
  • individual contribution
  • self assessment
  • peer assessment
  • assessment
  • Group
  • contribution
  • individual
  • accuracy
  • validity


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