Students’ communication skills assessment by external lecturers and industry representatives

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Soft skills, especially communication skills, are important skills which each graduate must possess. Accordingly, several courses and approaches have been carried out in universities to train students in communication skills. The skills are normally evaluated by course lecturers. However, assessments by a third party from outside the university are valuable so that the students’ achievements may be weighed against external evaluators’ point of views. In the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering (DEESE), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), communication skills assessment by external lecturers and industry representatives are performed on Hari Poster JKEES, where students present their final year project poster. There are two categories of evaluation, namely project and communication skills. The project evaluation covers content, result and impact, while communication skills evaluation covers poster layout and design, and delivery. This study only analyse the students’ communication skills achievement. The participants of this study consists of 109 final year students from two batches, of which 51 students are from year 2014 and the other 58 students from year 2015. The results show that for the year 2014 students, the mean mark given by external lecturers in layout and design category is 6.7, while the mean mark from industry evaluators is 6.5. For the 2015 batch, the mean mark in the layout and design category is 6.3 from external lecturers and 5.9 from industry evaluators. In the delivery category, the mean marks for the 2014 batch are 7.1 and 6.6 from external lecturers and industry evaluators, respectively. Meanwhile, for the 2015 batch, the mean marks by external lecturers and industry evaluators are 6.3 and 5.8, respectively. The results show that both external lecturers and industry representatives judged DEESE students’ communication skills to be good.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Engineering Science and Technology
Volume11
Issue numberSpecial Issue onpendidikankejuruteraandanalambina
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Keywords

  • Communication skills
  • Delivery
  • External lecturers
  • Industry
  • Layout and design

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  • Engineering(all)

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Students’ communication skills assessment by external lecturers and industry representatives. / Kamal, Noorfazila; Arsad, Norhana; Abd Rahni, Ashrani Aizzuddin; Yahya, Iskandar; Ibrahim, Wan N W; Shaarani, Muhd F A S.

In: Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No. Special Issue onpendidikankejuruteraandanalambina, 01.11.2016, p. 69-77.

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