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

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3 Author(s)
Robert Feldt ; Syst. & Software Eng., Blekinge Inst. of Technol., Ronneby ; Martin Höst ; Frank Lüders

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.

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2009 22nd Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training

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17-20 Feb. 2009