Knowledge Assessment in Project Management e-Learning: A Model for Requirement Specification

By Constanta Nicoleta Bodea and Maria-Iuliana Dascalu.

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This paper proposes an efficient requirement specification model used in developing e-assessment applications. Our model was designed using data gathered from an existing e-assessment application for project management competencies. An interview-based survey was conducted to check the feasibility of our approach. The International Competence Baseline is used as a reference for project management knowledge. When designing e-assessment applications, close interaction with users is required to completely understand their requirements. Such an interaction introduces numerous uncertainties. To minimize this subjective factor, data extracted from our interviews with users and developers of the existing e-assessment application are clustered using a fuzzy logic approach into separate classes of requirements. These classes are the units of the model. We explain connections between classes by analyzing relations such as “if-then”, “switch”, or ”contains”. Our requirement analysis results in a smart set of specifications, which are used in the architecture design and functional conception stages of an e-assessment application. This paper documents how our present model could improved the project management certification process held by the Romanian Association of Project Management. In this context, we underline the model’s applicability to e-learning.

Keywords: Requirement Specification, e-Assessment, e-Learning, Project Management, Fuzzy Logic

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.41-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.977MB).

Prof. Constanta Nicoleta Bodea

Professor, Economic Informatics Department, Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics, The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Constanţa-Nicoleta Bodea is a professor of project management and artificial intelligence at the Academy of Economic Studies (AES), Bucharest, Romania. She directs a Masters Program in Project Management, and is the head of the Economic Research Department at AES. She is the chair of the “334 Technical Committee - Continuing Education Standards” at the Romanian Association for Standardization - ASRO, president of the Project Management Romania Association (since 2000), chair of the Education & Training Board of the International Project Management Association - IPMA (since 2007), project manager of more than 20 R&D and IT projects in the last ten years, contributor and author of 11 books and more than 50 papers on Project Management, Information Systems, and Artificial Intelligence, being Honored by IPMA with the Outstanding Research Contributions (2007).

Maria-Iuliana Dascalu

Department of Economic Informatics, The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Maria-Iuliana Dascălu is a PhD student in Economic Informatics at the Academy of Economic Studies (AES), Bucharest, Romania, combining her work experience as a programmer with numerous research activities. She has a Master Degree in Project Management from AES (2008) and a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the “Alexandru-Ioan Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania (2006). Her research relates to computer-assisted testing with applications in e-learning environments for project management. Her interests are algorithm design, web technologies, artificial intelligence, IT project management, project management methodologies, risk management, e-learning systems and knowledge management. Maria-Iuliana Dascălu is a Certified Project Management Associate (2008). During the last years, she received scholarships for a study stage at Erasmushogeschool Brussels(2006), a summer school at Utrecht University(2007) and a research stage at Gothenburg University(in progress).

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