A PROPOSAL FOR AN ASSESSMENT FORM FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN THESES
DS 68-8: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
To evaluate a student’s work best possible, the assessment of theses written as part of the curriculum has to meet certain standards from both an academic and an industrial perspective to fully embrace the goals of engineering education. Most universities usually use standard forms for the evaluation of theses. For the purpose of this research, available assessment forms within the Berliner Kreis, the German-speaking network of university institutions active in design education and research, were collected, compared and interpreted in order to find common evaluation criteria and to judge the current state of how theses in design education are evaluated. This paper shortly describes the theoretical background to evaluation of engineering theses, it presents the results of a comprehensive study about current German and international evaluation procedures and criteria, and it concludes on future directions for the evaluation of theses in universities. The result of the observation is a proposal of a comprehensive evaluation form for theses that could be adapted to special needs of evaluating institutions.