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A Unified Approach for Assessing Capstone Design Projects and Student Outcomes in Computer Engineering Programs
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A capstone design project is an extensive piece of work that requires creative activity and thinking. It provides a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities, skills, and experiences that are attained throughout a bachelor of engineering program. The learning outcomes of capstone projects mostly map to all student outcomes at the program level. This paper presents a unified assessment framework for capstone design courses which allows for sound evaluations of student performance and project qualities in addition to assessing student outcomes. The developed framework comprises criteria, indicators, extensive analytic rubrics, and a summative statistical formulation. The presented course and framework are supported by the results, analysis, and evaluation of a pilot study.