Generic skills courses in fulfilling the requirement of the malaysian qualification framework

A study on Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia students

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Abstract

University general courses in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) have been managed by the Centre for General Studies. The general learning courses commence simultaneously with the founding of the UKM in 1970. Contemporary academic planning proposes the advancement of the courses that are generic-based, should involve communication skills, thinking ability and also the exposure to a wider scope of general knowledge field that surpass the limitations of traditional knowledge disciplines. The intention on the broadening of this field in principal is in line with the goals of liberal education as indicated at the early stage of the establishment of the UKM, which aiming towards producing open-minded and well-balanced scholars. This study aims to examine UKM students' views towards generic-based courses in fulfilling the requirement of the Malaysian qualification framework (MQF). This study involves the participation of 240 respondents from the Third Year students that have enrolled for the particular courses. The study data was gathered through questionnaire survey that has been analysed using the SPSS programme. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage, mean, crosstabulation statistics, and correlation coefficient has been applied to explain the respondents' backgrounds and assessing the opinions of the students towards the generic-skill courses in answering the call for the MQF requirement. The study outcome shows that the students' views on the courses in the framework are generally high. Based on the findings, several proposals have been put forward for the improvement of the courses to ensure sounder requirements for the MQF are applied and UKM manages to produce students with relevant generic skills needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2608-2619
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • Generic skills
  • Malaysia
  • Malaysian qualification framework
  • Students
  • Universiti kebangsaan malaysia

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