EXTERNAL FACTORS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE SUCCESS OF GROUP-BASED ASSIGNMENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTING COURSES

G. Stock

Canterbury Christ Church University (UNITED KINGDOM)
Group-work plays a significant part in all, in particular computing, undergraduate courses while working effectively as a member of a group is one of the most important common (generic) skills that students need to develop while at university in preparation for their future working lives. Many stakeholders, however, have reservations regarding group-based assignments, in particular about whether or not individual group members are rewarded appropriately for their contribution to the overall group achievement. The success of group-work is dependent on both extrinsic factors, such as assignment design, management, assessment, etc. as well as intrinsic factors, such as the knowledge, skills, etc. of individual group members.
In this paper the challenges presented by the extrinsic factors that impact on the success of group-based assignments are considered against the background of formal summative assessment of group-based assignments on BSc Computing undergraduate courses in the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom.