Quality of the courses

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What is the quality of the courses given at the UCU? These arethe results from 38 courses offered in one semester, of fall 1998.The maximum score is 5.0 points.

9 Courses have an absolute quality score of 4.0 and higher

12 Courses have an absolute quality score between 3.5 and3.9

15 Courses have a score between 3.0 and 3.4

2 Courses have a score under 3.0

All in all the results are very good for this semester, takinginto account that instructors had to develop the courses for atotally new curriculum and an `unknown' student population.

Nine courses already have an absolute quality score of 4.0 andhigher. The 12 courses that score between 3.5 and 3.9 will probablygrow to the 4.0 as a result of the improvements instructors alreadyplanned to make. We thus have 15 courses passing the criteria, withscores between 3.0 and 3.4. Redesigning parts of the course may benecesary to get those courses to the 4.0 level next year. Thequality of the two courses, Science and Academic Core, that fallbeneath the 3.0 limit, is unacceptable at this moment. Redesigningthe course as a whole might be necessary.

The quality of the course especially depends on the content ofthe course and how much the students' interest is aroused, theteaching methods, the assignments and the assessment of thecourse.

Taken from the course evaluation by the `IVLOS',january 1999.