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    'slick systems' and 'happy hackers': experience with group projects at UCL

    Chapman, N. and Fox, M. and Keravnou, E. and Lee, M and Levene, Mark and Long, D. and Rounce, P. and Offen, R. and Samet, P.A. and Winder, R.L. (1993) 'slick systems' and 'happy hackers': experience with group projects at UCL. Software Engineering Journal 8 (3), pp. 132-136. ISSN 0268-6961.

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    In this paper, we describe our experience of group projects in the practical teaching of software engineering over a period of eight years. Our initial projects tended to be too challenging, and few groups managed to produce complete pieces of work. Recently, we have deliberately simplified tasks slightly, resulting in less frustration and better projects, so that students reap more benefits. Students learn about division of work, co-operation with others and scheduling of time. As students are required to provide assessments of other projects and of the contributions of members of their own project group, they are also encouraged to develop critical faculties. The staff effort involved in this method of teaching compares quite reasonably with traditional lectures.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 17:13
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:51


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