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Fortifying the master’s by research programme: alignment of assessed activities and learning outcomes

Chan, Chee-Ming and Mat Seman, Ahmad Shakri and Shamsuddin, Alina (2014) Fortifying the master’s by research programme: alignment of assessed activities and learning outcomes. In: The 5th International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies (EET '14), 23-25 April 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The assignment of a set of learning outcomes as the ultimate achievement upon completion of an academic programme is arguably the core of Outcome-based Education (OBE). The concept is perhaps easier to grasp and the implementation perceived to be more straightforward for taught courses compared to researchbased ones. For master‟s by research programmes, the link and alignment of the assessed activities with the learning outcomes are sometimes unclear or poorly defined. Nonetheless these activities and tasks contribute no less to the attainment of the learning outcomes. This paper examines the possible causes of mismatch between the two, based on reviews of the common activities involved in a typical master by research programme at the University. Whether the activities are laid out before the assessment criteria and outcomes are established, or vice versa, it remains imperative to streamline the two components to ensure both the formative and summative assessments are effectively geared towards achieving the learning outcomes. In addition, the alignment allows preset aims and objectives to guide a student‟s learning, simplifies an otherwise onerous and complicated grading exercise, and avoids disputes over subjectivity and alleged biases.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: research programme; learning outcomes; assessment criteria; assessed tasks
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering Technology > Department of Civil Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 06:57
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 06:56
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5556
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