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This paper analyses the cognitive difficulty of six courses that may be taken as credit towards an IT degree offered by a regional Australian University. The assessment requirements of these six courses are evaluated using Bloom’s taxonomy and from this a difficulty metric, called here a Bloom Rating, is computed for each course. The analysis reveals that some quite lowly courses in terms of their ordering in the programme, such as first-year programming, are comparatively high in their cognitive demands, whereas some of the more advanced non-programming courses have relatively low levels of cognitive difficulty. An explanation for these trends is offered.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

227

End Page

231

Number of Pages

5

Start Date

01/01/2004

ISBN-10

1920682120

Location

Dunedin, NZ

Publisher

Australian Computer Society Inc.

Place of Publication

Sydney, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Conference; Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australasian Computing Education Conference