Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Course Evaluation Surveys

 

 

Further Information

Key Contacts

Professor Sandra Carr
Faculty Associate Dean,
Teaching and Learning

Asst Professor Helena Iredell
Chair, Faculty Evaluation Committee

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All students who were studying a faculty course in the year of the evaluation are eligible to participate in the evaluation survey. 

Survey Instrument

Quantitative Questions
A survey instrument was constructed for each course by the Faculty Evaluation Committee in consultation with the Course Director.  Each instrument contained a set of core items that are used in other course evaluation instruments and a set of items pertaining specifically to the particular course.

The items were informed by the literature on the student experience in higher education. The key learning outcomes and attributes as set by the faculty were also considered, and the items were designed to draw on the line of questioning that is conducted for the Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ).  The items were arranged around five domains of the students’ experience of the course and their overall satisfaction:

  1. Learning Outcomes
    The items explore the student’s perception of their attainment of the learning outcomes of the specific year of the course.  There is one item in this section to ascertain whether the student feels they had made sure they were familiar with the tasks and requirements.
  2. Generic Outcomes
    These items examine the student’s perception of their attainment of the genetic learning outcomes as expected by the faculty. The majority of these items are used across the different course evaluation tools.
  3. Teaching and Learning
    The items assess a variety of issues in the delivery of teaching and learning experiences in that year of the course.  The items explore the match of learning outcomes to standards of study and teaching and learning experiences, the quality and support of the resources for student’s learning and the support and direction of the teaching staff.
  4. Feedback
    An item addresses the provision of constructive feedback by teachers that helps students learn and develop their skills.
  5. Assessment
    A series of items looks at the assessment opportunities and whether they matched with the teaching and learning experiences and assisted the students to demonstrate their achievements.
  6. Overall satisfaction
    One item is used to assess the student’s overall satisfaction with their teaching and learning experiences in that particular year of study. According to the education evaluation literature, this item is considered to be one of the most important items in the evaluation survey.

Response Scale
For each statement, students were asked to choose a response on a 5 point Likert scale of agreement where 1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree, 3 = Neutral, 4 = Agree and 5 = Strongly Agree. 

Qualitative Questions
Students were invited to submit written feedback about the unit through two qualitative questions. One item asked about the best aspects of the course year level they have just participated in and the other item asked about aspects of the course year level that were in most need of improvement.