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Generic Skills in Software Engineering Master Thesis Projects: Towards Rubric-Based Evaluation

Authors:

Robert Feldt , Martin Höst , Frank Lüders

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

Proc. 22nd Conference on Software Engineering Education & Training


Abstract

There has been much recent interest in how to help students in higher education develop their generic skills, especially since this is a focus of the Bologna process that aims to standardize European higher education. However, even though the Master thesis is the final and often crucial part of a graduate degree and requires many generic skills very little research has directly focused on them. In particular, there is a lack of such knowledge for engineering education programs. In this paper we present results from a survey where we asked 23 students from three different Swedish universities about which generic skills are needed and developed in a Master thesis project in Software Engineering. One outcome of our analysis is that there is a lack of understanding on how to define, and thus examine, generic skills in software engineering thesis projects.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Feldt1332,
author = {Robert Feldt and Martin H{\"o}st and Frank L{\"u}ders},
title = {Generic Skills in Software Engineering Master Thesis Projects: Towards Rubric-Based Evaluation},
month = {February},
year = {2009},
booktitle = {Proc. 22nd Conference on Software Engineering Education {\&} Training},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/1332-}
}