After being a little involved in the revue, I think it is clear that putting on a revue clearly meets the goals of general education (and then some).
I propose that it count for 6 uoc ungraded (so they get an SY result).
To make sure that students who just help the revue a little don't get 6 uoc they don't deserve, students would have to make a statement of a couple of paragraphs stating what they did so we could assess the quantity of work and how well it fits the goals of general education.
It has been suggested that CSE should have prizes to be awarded to the top performing students in our Programs.
Such awards would be an added incentive to our students to perform their best if they knew that there was a prize as well as satisfaction in getting excellent grades, thus helping CSE to produce the best IT Graduates in Australia.
Furthermore, I propose that we have an Honour Board outside the Head of School office, on which every year we inscribe the name of the people in each stage with the highest Weighted Average. Recording a name for every stage would solve the problem of Programs of various lengths, and install a competitive feeling amongst early stage students to try to get their name recorded before they graduate.
For both of these proposals, we would have a choice to either award the people at the echelon in each Program, or a single Dux of all our Programs combined. The awards could be conferred during our annual Graduation Dinner.
Currently, CSE Programs include the following:
3645 Computer Engineering 3648 Software Engineering 3647 Bioinformatics 3978 Computer Science 3651 Software Engineering/Science 3652 Software Engineering/Arts 3722 Computer Engineering/Arts 3726 Computer Engineering/Science 3728 Computer Engineering/Master of Biomedical Engineering 3731 Computer Engineering/Master of Commerce
I looked at the last ten years of honours results and this system gives exactly the same results on all but two students.
The 2/2 cutoff could be 65 (no honours student has ended up with less than a 65 WAM) but I think it is best to avoid giving a 3rd class unless the student really messes up badly.
Bill's thought: must be even tougher for students in other Engineering disciplines.
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