Viewpoint of students of National University of Malaysia on Generic Skill Courses

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Abstract

General education courses in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) are managed by the Centre for General Studies. The courses were offered as a response to the need to develop graduates who are equipped with communication and thinking skills and other knowledge necessary in order to survive in the modern society. The emphasis on the general education is in line with the UKM's vision and mission, which is to produce graduates who are broad minded and have balanced perspectives. The objectives of the study were to (a) identify the background and generic skill courses undertaken by UKM students, (b) identify the viewpoint of UKM students on generic skill courses and (c) measure the students' improvement in generic skills through the generic skill courses taken. The respondents were 240 third year students of various faculties in UKM. SPSS program was used to analise the data. Descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage, mean, cross tabulation and correlation of coefficient were used to analyse the data. The findings show most of the students surveyed have positive view about generic courses offered. Several recommendations were made to improve generic skill courses as required by the job market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-761
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Generic Skills
  • Higher Education Institution
  • National University of Malaysia
  • Students

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