A comparison of degree classification using spectral techniques and average percentage

David Hendry

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This paper compares the Honours degree classification results that arise from the use of an average percentage with the use of a so called spectral technique. The analysis is based on results for 220 students on BEng and MEng degree programmes across a range of engineering disciplines. The application of spectral techniques is considered both with and without aggregation of marks before entering the results into the spectral calculation. It is shown that the various methods give some variation in classification results, especially so at the lower end (3rd class and no awards).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011



  • honours classfication percentage
  • spectral

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