Assessing Final-Year Practical Work Through Group Projects; A Further Study

Philippa B Cranwell, Elizabeth M Page


The use of a group-based approach to project working has been shown to provide significant advantage to students in terms of project outcomes, motivation and engagement. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading has recently explored the use of group projects for final year practical work. In this model, students are presented with a research problem that they investigate within a team of three to five students. Students are expected to divide the work and share results in a manner that closely resembles project working in industry. This paper will report the experiences and attitudes of final-year BSc students towards this group-based approach, and outline the self-identified skills development of these students.


Group working; Problem based learning; Collaborative learning; Student led researchFinal year project.

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