Internal Assessment and Evaluation
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
Internal assessment and evaluation is done by the following methods
- Class Tests
- Assignments / Tutorials
- Continues Assessment of Practical Work
- Assessment of activities such as in plant training, seminars, mini projects and projects
Mechanism of internal assessment is transparent
The mechanism of internal assessment in our institute is as follows
- The internal assessment work consists of lab work, seminars, mini projects, projects, in plant training. All these activities are separately assessed.
- The marks for lab work are split into appropriate categories such as quality and completion of journal, understanding of experiment etc. and appropriate weightage is assigned.
- The total marks for seminar work are divided into 7 categories viz. topic selection (weightage 10%), information collected (weightage 20%), presentation (weightage 20%), understanding (weightage 10%), quality of report (weightage 10%), question and answers (weightage 10%), and interaction with guide (weightage 20%),
- The total project work is divided into total 9 activities, 5 activities in the first semester and 4 in the second. Weightage is assigned to each activity. The breakdown is a) project topic (8%) b) Synopsis presentation in front of Department Research committee (DRC)( 8%) c) Literature review (24%) d) Methodology and future work (30%) e) Guide marks (30%) (Total of sem 1) f) progress presentation 1 and 2 (20% each) g) final presentation in front of Department Research committee (DRC) (30%) h) Guide marks (30%) (Total of sem 2).
Due to the breakdown of activities and weightage assigned to individual activity, the marks are allotted in a systematic and transparent manner. This also compels the students to pay proper attention to each activity.
Schedule for each activity/presentation for the entire term work is prepared beforehand. The lab work conducted on a day is assessed by the faculty on the same day next week. The work is assessed by faculty and understanding of student is tested by asking a few questions. Marks are assigned right in front of the student thereby maintaining transparency.
Robustness: The academic diary of each faculty member contains the schedules prepared for lab work, project and seminar. Faculty member fills in each detail and assigns marks. The marks are then totaled and filled in the university term work mark list for the appropriate subject. A panel of three faculty members assesses the seminar and allots individual marks which are later averaged. The department research committee maintains a rubric containing evaluation criteria and their breakdown. The committee advises the project students and their guides their areas of improvement. In rare cases the committee even recommends to change the project topic. This practice ensures unbiased and systematic allotment of marks and full transparency. It also improves the quality of term work and project/seminars. In many cases, a guide recommends student to meet a faculty member who is specializing in a particular subject related to that of the seminar.
We have established the following reforms in continuous evaluation system
- Continuous evaluation of term work through diary, term test
- In our institute, every faculty member maintains an academic diary. We started the practice of maintaining the diary since 2002-03. The first version of diary contained lecture plan, time table, work details of each day, attendance report, lecture compliance report, result analysis, Records of research papers industry institute interaction, seminar evaluation report, project work evaluation report, proctor meeting report etc.
- Over the years changes were made in the subsequent versions. Work details were removed. Practical data sheets were added. The term work was evaluated in terms of attendance, journal quality and understanding and test performance. Details of extra lecture conducted and details of modern teaching aids were added. Record of seminar/conference/workshops/ summer winter schools attended and research paper publications were also added. More recent versions included seminar and project evaluation scheme, topics taught beyond syllabus, records of other activities, end semester report and monthly proctor meeting report.
TERM WORK (INCLUDING SEMINARS AND PROJECTS)
- The term work of a subject generally consists of 25 marks. These marks are split into appropriate categories. The term work conducted on a day is assessed by the faculty on the same day next week and marks are assigned right in front of the student thereby maintaining transparency. A rubric for the assessment of project work is prepared and filled by faculty. This rubric is a table which contains evaluation criteria in the rows and extent of performance (e.g. poor, average, excellent etc) in the column. A rubric is an effective tool to quantify the performance of students in activities for which it is difficult to assign marks. This system ensures a continuous and systematic evaluation of the progress of the project work. By following this method, it is ensured that marks obtained by the students are commensurate with their performance. These marks are shown to the students and their signature is taken. This maintains transparency. A seminar evaluation scheme included in the diary also contains a rubric containing evaluation criteria, maximum allotted marks for each criterion and marks obtained by the student. A panel of three faculty members (including the guide) evaluates the seminar. Each faculty fills separate rubric. The average of all three is added together which forms marks obtained by the student. A format of project report, mini project report, seminar report and training report is prepared. Students are expected to present their report in this format. This maintains uniformity.
- Our institute is very serious in its conduct of the mid-term tests. Tests are pre scheduled and included in the central academic calendar and conducted centrally. In this semester there are three tests. The first test is of 20 marks and the remaining two are of 40 marks each. The minimum passing percentage for test No. 1 is 40%. For students who pass the first test the minimum passing percentage is 40%. However if the student fails or remains absent, the passing % will be 45%. Student who fails/remains absent in any or both of the first two tests will have to score 50% for passing. If the student fails/remains absent in all tests, he/she will have to solve and submit three University question papers. This ensures continuous education and understanding
- Every faculty member maintains a course outline in addition to the academic diary. This course outline consists of Course Mapping with Faculty Expertise, Course Assessment Methods,Course Pre-requisites, program outcomes, course outcomes, mapping of Course outcomes with Program outcomes, lecture plan (including number of lectures allotted, no of lectures planned, course covered etc) for each unit, chapter outcome and their mapping with course outcome, content delivery method, books referred, dates of test, subject to be taught beyond syllabus etc. This outline is signed by faculty, HoD, department academic coordinator and principal.
DEPARTMENT RESEARCH COMMITTEE
- Some departments have formed a department research committee which monitors, assesses and governs the quality of projects undertaken by students. The committee conducts two presentations per semester. In the beginning of the semester the committee checks the quality of the project in terms of its research potential, intention to solve industry problems or enrichment of laboratory. It also checks whether the projects have been repeated or not. It offers suggestions to students and guides. In extreme cases it may also ask the students and guide to change the project. This practice has drastically improved the project quality and the presentation quality.