Course outcomes achievement in fundamentals of thermodynamics course through direct and indirect measurement

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In an outcome based education (OBE) system, a lecturer teaching any course should outline course outcomes in the course syllabus. Course outcomes are attributes or skills to be achieved by students when the course is completely delivered at the end of a semester. The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has adopted the OBE approach since Session 2005/2006, in which states that a course syllabus should contain the course outcomes. In the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, basic concepts of thermodynamics has been taught in a course, known as KKKR1134 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I, in Semester I for first year students. In order to improve the teaching and learning of this course, a questionnaire; an indirect measurement of course outcomes, was distributed to the first year students to obtain their feedbacks on the achievement of the course outcomes at the beginning and the end of the semester. The course outcomes based on the student perception was compared with the student achievement of course outcomes through examinations, quizzes, laboratory and integrated project. Based on the comparative analysis results using T-test, the student achievements of all the course outcomes through direct and direct measurements differed significantly. The students felt that they have grabbed the understandings and skills of the course outcomes. However, through their collative performance from the examinations, quizzes, laboratory and integrated project, their achievement of the course outcomes are lower compared to their perceptions. The findings can be the guidelines for the lecture who teaches the course to further improve the delivery so that all students can have a much better understandings on the thermodynamic concepts and achieve the course attributes confidently in examinations and project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
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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  • Concepts of thermodynamics
  • Course outcomes
  • Indirect measurement
  • Students’ perception

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Course outcomes achievement in fundamentals of thermodynamics course through direct and indirect measurement. / Sheikh Abdullah, Siti Rozaimah; Mastar @ Masdar, Mohd Shahbudin; Abu Hasan, Hassimi.

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. 74-81.

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