ANALYSES ON PROGRAMME OUTCOMES MEASUREMENTS FOR CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT OF AN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMME

Shirley, J. Tanjong and Nur Tahirah, Razali and Magdalene, Andrew Munot and Rudiyanto, Philman Jong and Ervina, Junaidi and Annisa, Jamali (2020) ANALYSES ON PROGRAMME OUTCOMES MEASUREMENTS FOR CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT OF AN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMME. Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University, 55 (6). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0258-2724

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Abstract

This article discusses new methods for the analyses of program outcome measurements of an engineering undergraduate program, enabling a robust effort to continually improve the quality of the program. The analyses were conducted on an undergraduate engineering program at University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), based on program outcomeachievements of 80 students undertaking selected courses from 2015–2019. Three techniques were utilized: i.e., graphical visualization of data using boxplots, association analysis using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, and consistency analysis using Cronbach’s alpha. Using these techniques, the authors identified trendsamong the courses measuring the same program outcome. Boxplots are very effective in gaining an overview of the achievements of courses measuring the same program outcome, and in highlighting outliers and anomaliesin the data. It was also found that the Cronbach’s alpha result is coherent with that of the rank correlation coefficient. The techniques reported in this study can be applied to enhance data analysis for quality improvement of any academic program focusing on outcome-based education. Therefore, the study presented in this paper is both relevant and valuable to engineering programs working towards obtaining international accreditation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Outcome-Based Education, Engineering Education, Continuous Quality Improvement, Correlation Coefficient, Consistency Analysis
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2020 03:45
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2020 03:45
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/33596

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