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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(7): 543-549 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.748

Establishing Evaluation Criteria for Assessing Novices‟ Ability in Applying Object-Oriented Concept Using Delphi Approach

Norazlina Khamis

Abstract—There are many approaches in assessing students’ ability in object-oriented programming, but little research has been discussed concerning the evaluation of novices’ ability in applying object-oriented fundamental concepts in their source code. The main purpose of this study is to construct and validate through expert consensus, a set of evaluation criteria for assessing novices’ ability through evaluation of the application of object-oriented concepts in program source code. These evaluation criteria are derived based on the common fundamental object-oriented concepts based on Malaysian object-oriented programming syllabuses. A three-round Delphi approach has been chosen in establishing the consensus and participated by a number of OOP experts. Based on the Delphi study, sixteen evaluation criteria have been established for assessing novices’ ability in applying fundamental object-oriented concepts. The proposed evaluation criteria were then validated by associating them with established related object-oriented design heuristics and object-oriented design principles.

Index Terms—Object-oriented programming, programming assessment, Delphi approach, object-oriented concepts.

Norazlina Khamis is with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Sabah Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (e-mail: azlinakhamis@gmail.com).


Cite: Norazlina Khamis, "Establishing Evaluation Criteria for Assessing Novices‟ Ability in Applying Object-Oriented Concept Using Delphi Approach," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 543-549, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Jon-Chao Hong
  • Managing Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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