The assessment of complex learning outcomes

Peter T. Knight, W.M. Banks

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The Engineering Professors' Council (EPC) produced an output standard in 2000 containing a setof 26 generic statements of what an engineering graduate should have an ability to tackle. In addition, Higher Education (HE) is concerned with the promotion of complex or advanced understanding of subject matter. This leads to complex learning outcomes, which need to be adequately assessed. Changing demands mean changing assessment practices. While good practice is being used in many cases, there is a need to ensure assessment stimulates complex learning. The article seeks to address these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • learning
  • mechanical engineering
  • graduate students
  • professional education
  • assessment


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