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A MODEL FOR EVALUATION OF GENERIC COMPETENCES IN ENGINEERING: APPLICATION TO THE PROBLEM-SOLVING COMPETENCE AT UPM

A. Méndez1, B. Jiménez de Cisneros2, C. Fernández1, C. Molleda1, E. Sadornil1, E. Manrique1, T. Montoro1, R. Torres1

1Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
2Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (SPAIN)
The competence evaluation promoted by the European High Education Area entails a very important methodological change that requires guiding support to help professors carry out this new and complex task. In this regard, the Technical University of Madrid (UPM, by its Spanish acronym) has financed a series of coordinated projects with a two-fold objective: a) To develop a model for teaching and evaluation of generic competences that is useful and easily applicable to its different degrees, and b) to provide support to professors by creating an area within the Website for Educational Innovation where they can search for information on the model corresponding to each generic competence approved by UPM. Information available on each competence includes its definition, the formulation of indicators providing evidence on the level of acquisition, the recommended teaching and evaluation methodology , examples of evaluation rules for the different levels of competence acquisition, and descriptions of best practices. These best practices correspond to pilot tests applied to several of the academic subjects conducted at UPM in order to validate the model. This work describes the general procedure that was used and presents the model developed specifically for the problem-solving competence. Some of the pilot experiences are also summarised and their results analysed.