Application of rasch measurement model for reliability measurement instrument in vector calculus course

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Competence in mathematical knowledge is of prime importance to most if not all tertiary course, especially for engineering related courses. Mastery in mathematical thinking and problem solving skills is a must for engineers and engineering students, in which mathematics is the key element to engineering and research studies. Most of undergraduate courses in higher institutions in Malaysia use final exam as measurement instrument to measure students’ academic achievement. Good constructed final exam questions/items would be able to measure both students’ academic achievement and their generic skills. This study used Rasch Measurement Model to evaluate the reliability final exam questions for KKKQ1124 Mathematics Engineering I (Vector Calculus) course in Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The items in the examination paper were studied and items that do not measure up to expectations were identified. Analysis on questions/items gave a good indication how a wellconstructed questions/items will provide useful information about a student's ability. The results of this study found no exam questions/items which were identified as unsuitable (misfit), but the revision of the exam questions KQ1124 must be made on the level of difficulty of the questions/items. In addition, the Rasch Measurement Model shows that the performance of the students of Year One, is lower than expected based on the lower score of Individuals Min Items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume10
Issue numberSpec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May...
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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  • Rasch measurement model
  • Student’s ability

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Application of rasch measurement model for reliability measurement instrument in vector calculus course. / Othman, H.; Ismail, Nur Arzilah; Asshaari, Izamarlina; Mohamad Hamzah, Firdaus; Mohd Nopiah, Zulkifli.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. Spec. Issue 2 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, May..., 01.05.2015, p. 77-83.

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