Feedback for student programming assignments is a part of the grading process which is a tedious and time consuming task for the instructor. In this research we use object-oriented metrics and a reference code to analyze student programs and provide feedback. The empirical study shows that software metrics comparing programming assignments and reference code helps the instructor to assess students. This approach helps the instructor to easily determine quality issues in student programs. We also perform an experimental study on programming assignments of an introductory object-oriented programming course to validate our approach.
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