INFLUENCE OF CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT ON THE QUALIFICATION OF FRESHMEN IN PHYSICS IN ENGINEERING

J.M. Cámara-Zapata

Universidad Miguel Hernandez (SPAIN)
The educational system allows freshman in engineering degrees with little prior training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These signatures constitute the contents of most of the subjects of first year. Consequently, new students can present a strong disagreement in this type of subjects. The recommendation of universities on continuous assessment is difficult to apply in first-year courses. In these cases, large groups of students are frequent. Thus, the continuous evaluation consists in the accomplishment of some eliminatory examination. The effect of these partial exams involves a separation of groups in the classroom. Students with more deficiencies usually fail and lose their poor motivation for the signature. In order to study the effect on the academic performance of the students of the degree in electronic and automatic industrial engineering, a special system of continuous evaluation in the subject of Applied Physics of first semester has been proposed. The result has been an increase in the temporary dedication and an improvement in the academic grades of the students when compared to a group in which conventional continuous assessment is carried out.