Analysis of course outcomes and final examination questions for improving the teaching and learning process

Shahrom Md Zain, Nur Ajlaa Mahmood

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Abstract

The Principle of Chemical Processes course (KKKW1104) is a basic environmental engineering course for first year students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The course content covers the basic technique of engineering calculations, material balance principles and energy balance principles that can be established through five course learning outcomes (CO). This article discusses the improvement of teaching and learning processes for KKKW1104 in the second semester of the 2012/2013 session through overall grade rating, analysis of CO and the final examination questions using Rasch analysis. Result from the overall assessment shows that only 20% of students achieved B grade and above, while 72% scored less than 40% based on course outcome CO3 (ability to analyze and solve own problems and others by making corrections). The teaching and learning process can also be improved by testing students on high-level questions. A Rasch analysis of the final examination questions shows that some questions required improvement by increasing their difficulty to ensure that they could accurately test students’ overall ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume10
Issue numberSpec. Issue 1 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, Jun...
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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Keywords

  • Course outcomes
  • Final examination questions
  • Principle of chemical process
  • Rasch analysis

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  • Engineering(all)

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Analysis of course outcomes and final examination questions for improving the teaching and learning process. / Md Zain, Shahrom; Mahmood, Nur Ajlaa.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. Spec. Issue 1 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, Jun..., 01.06.2015, p. 33-41.

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Md Zain, S & Mahmood, NA 2015, 'Analysis of course outcomes and final examination questions for improving the teaching and learning process', Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, vol. 10, no. Spec. Issue 1 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, Jun..., pp. 33-41.
Md Zain, Shahrom ; Mahmood, Nur Ajlaa. / Analysis of course outcomes and final examination questions for improving the teaching and learning process. In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. Spec. Issue 1 on UKM Teaching and Learning Congress 2013, Jun... pp. 33-41.
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