The Centre for Engineering and Design Education

Project Portfolio

Against a background of concerns regarding possible over assessment within the Wolfson School, a study has been undertaken with the aim of providing a picture of assessment in parts A and B of the Mechanical Engineering Programme.

The initial focus of the study was on module ILOs and identifying whether the same ILOs were being assessed across the programme by different modules. When t […]

This project commenced with a review of the literature to determine the features that contribute to effective and ineffective assessment criteria. Following on from the research, documents were produced to guide staff on writing effective assessment criteria and grade descriptors for particular assessment types in order to ensure consistency in marking and demonstrate transparency to students.< […]

Existing functionality in MATLAB is required to be converted into a more accessible system. Staff want to be able to section up an assessment, and then apply weighting to each section. The tool also needs to have the functionality to mark the assessments and aggregate the marks and weighting together to give a final grade. The tool needs to be able to be used to populate individual feedback let […]

Reported over-assessment and bunching is investigated, with a particular focus on breadth of variability in assessment demands.

Members of staff in CBE have investigated reports of over assessment and bunching of assessments with a specific focus on the parity across different assessments.

CEDE have collated details of assessments regarding percentage of module, types of assessm […]

A prototype system has been developed to aid in the understanding of how multiple markers can aggregate feedback for presentations. The prototype system allows presentation markers to select appropriate feedback from established assessment criteria for presentations together with free text during the presentation. Feedback can then be emailed to each presenter as required afterwards.


A new 3 page quick start guide has been developed to cover the key aspects of CASPA for busy academics and is available via the CASPA website. New staff and student guides are currently being developed and will be amended as further CASPA enhancements progress.

CASPA is now being used by Wolfson, CBE, AACME, EESE and Design School. Support has been given to each of these schools includ […]

Enhancements to CASPA are planned, based on user requests.


CASPA is an online system that enables staff to schedule all types of degree programme and module assessments and to record student submissions of physical items of coursework. It is a large web based application with interfaces to the University's Student Information System (LUSI). CASPA can be accessed on and off campus by staff in order to schedule module and programme assessments and to v […]

Many individual and group coursework assignments are marked by teams of academic tutors. Achieving a consistency in marking can be a challenge where markers have differences in opinion as to what constitutes a specific grade. Grade descriptors help but are not always consistently applied and are very difficult to write to cover a multitude of tasks.

This aimed to adapt existing School […]

The project proposed was to develop a Development of a system/strategy where visiting tutors must record their feedback and grades for each visit they make with industrial students. The students need to be able to view their feedback given and an overview of the grades and marking provided by each visiting tutor must be available and easily feed into a spreadsheet that can be uploaded into LUS […]

A workshop for Engineering and Design Educators was held on 19th September 2011 by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education at Loughborough University as part of the Centre’s EDEN (Engineering and Design Educators Network) seminar series and funded by the HE Academy. Focusing on learning and teaching issues from an engineering and design perspective, EDEN is intended to provide practit […]

The School of Civil and Building Engineering (CBE) and the Wolfson School would like to improve their National Student Survey (NSS) scores for assessment practices, feedback quality and timeliness of coursework return.

Expected outcomes

  • evidence that can be used to help identify what the schools can do strategically to provide good feedback to students, that they value […]

During the last project year, CEDE created a series of paper-based method orientated grade descriptors based upon Wolfson School’s existing grade descriptors. These were produced for oral presentations, group viva, report and poster assessment methods. The intention is to help improve consistency of marking where marking on a module is undertaken by a team of academic tutors. This academic y […]

This project enhances health and safety resources for all students in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering through the production of videos and accompanying quizzes on the key areas of health and safety as determined by AACME’s Safety Officers.

This resource replaces the existing health and safety quizzes on the LEARN School Safety Page, providing […]

The activity comprises the collection of information about current practice for delivering lab-based learning and assessment.

Expected outcome

This activity will generate proposals about delivering key skills and plugging gaps where they exist.


Outputs for the system will be

  • details of current lab-based learning practices in the S […]

Appropriate grade descriptors and assessment criteria for presentations in The Design School have been developed. In addition, a bank of feedback comments to be used by staff have also been compiled. The feasibility of an automated system has been investigated and user requirements have been determined.


This is a continuation activity, building on the earlier project "Addressing over-assessment in modules" (11_MM3). The aim of the 2012-2013 over assessment activity has been to prompt staff to consider their own assessment practices and to provide support/guidance for making enhancements to their practice where appropriate. The objectives of the activity have been to: 1) Develop written guidan […]

A small review of the literature has been undertaken. Meetings have been arranged with appropriate members of staff to look at best practice in other departments. Focus groups will be undertake with CBE students.

A report which sets out good practice in designing, assessing and feeding back on group coursework, with specific guidance on peer assessment (i.e. types, design, weighting tre […]

The activity comprises a series of updates to the existing WebPA system to include the recording of student comments and developments for a new scoring system for group work.


A project to investigate discrepancies in grading and marking practices, and develop a system that will help to remove ambiguity.

Expected Outcome

The initial project will deliver a system to allow staff to enter their grade data from which scores are automatically generated. This will provide a platform for future development in the forthcoming academic year if requested.