How course and programme monitoring and evaluation is done at the School.
All courses and programmes in the School of Health and Social Science are regularly monitored and evaluated through a range of mechanisms.
Students complete evaluation forms for taught courses which provide valuable feedback about learning and teaching methods, course strengths and areas for development.
The academic staff members responsible for the course then analyse the student feedback, the views of other staff involved in teaching and assessment on the course and the profile of students’ assessment results.
Changes for the next delivery of the course are proposed, when appropriate. Examples of changes include modifications to course content, structure or to the assessment questions or methods.
Each degree programme is also evaluated annually with the whole group of students taking a degree asked to comment on the programme as a whole through the year.
This provides valuable feedback on the design of the programme, the structure and flow of the course and assessment components that make up the degree, and students’ perceptions of the overall quality of learning and teaching.
For professional programmes, it provides insights into how students find the fit between placements with the taught courses. Programme evaluation also covers the quality of guidance and pastoral support, of dissertation or thesis supervision, and mentoring and field supervision for professional placements.
As for course evaluation, all staff members involved in programmes also contribute to an overall evaluation of the programme each year and external examiners specifically comment on programmes in general, as well as individual courses, in their annual report.
Each subject area has consultation meetings with student representatives from all the programmes and year groups at which course and programme evaluations and proposed changes are reported.
Students are also invited to complete anonymous online national surveys on their experience of teaching and learning. Our undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Nursing, is regularly rated the best in the UK in the National Student Survey results.
Template monitoring forms are available from the College of Humanities and Social Science.
These monitoring and evaluation procedures are based on a series of University-wide principles.
This article was published on Aug 24, 2011