Sensor guide for the oral examination in TEK4020
Implementation guidelines related to the examination:
1: The candidate will draw one random question set. The questions concern various topics covered in the course, and can also include questions related to the mandatory exercises.
2: The candidate may answer the questions in any order.
3: The candidate can pause for up to one minute in order to reason about the next question and prepare an answer.
4: The candidate can use the blackboard or pen and paper to illustrate his/her answers.
5: There can be oral follow-up questions to the written questions.
6: Questions can be both about a somewhat broad topic, but can also concern details.
7: There will be a maximum time slot for each student. The examiner can decide when to continue to the next question in order for the candidate to be able to answer all questions within the designated time.
Emphasis of the evaluation:
When evaluating the candidate’s answers, there will be emphasis on whether the candidate demonstrates knowledge of the topics in the course. There will be also be emphasis on whether the answers indicate that the candidate has a sufficient understanding of the topics such that the candidate can apply the knowledge from the course e.g. in engineering work. It will be considered positive if the candidate is able to provide his answer without the need for guiding questions from the examiner or the sensor. The candidate will be evaluated based on the total performance over all the questions. The candidate’s presentation performance will also be included in the evaluation, but with less weight than the candidate’s demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the topics.
General guidelines for grading the candidate’s performance:
A – Excellent
An excellent performance where the candidate demonstrates a very good overview and in-depth understanding of the topics of the course. The candidate demonstrates through the dialogue that the candidate masters the technological concepts in the course, and demonstrates ability to reason about and apply the knowledge. It is possible to have a close-to-professional dialogue with the candidate within the topics of the course. The presentation is clear, with (predominantly) correct use of terminology. Minor inaccuracies are allowed.
B – Very good
A very good performance where the candidate demonstrates overview and in-depth understanding of the topics in the course. The candidate is able to present central technological concepts from the course, and central technological applications, possibly with some minor exceptions, in a convincing manner. The presentation is clear, with to a large degree correct use of teminology.
C – Good
Average performance. The candidate demonstrates a good understanding of central parts of the course. The candidate can explain the main points of most technological concepts and technological applications of the course, but possibly with some signs of lack of overview and understanding. The presentation is clear but not necessarily with formally correct terminology.
D – Satisfactory
A satisfactory performance, but below average and with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates knowledge about the central topics of the course, but has difficulties in explaining technological concepts and how they are applied in a clear and complete manner. The candidate demonstrates clear signs of lack of overview. The presentation is understandable, but inaccurate and with formal deficiencies.
E – Sufficient
A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate has demonstrated some knowledge about topics from parts of the course. The candidate has problems in explaining several central concepts, how they are applied and how they are connected. The presentation reveals clear errors and misunderstandings.
F – Fail
A performance that does not meet the minimum criteria. The candidate demonstrates absence of knowledge and understanding of several central topics of the course. Presentations where the candidate demonstrate mastering only a quite limited part of the topics in the course, will normally be but in this category.