Programme Assessment


All of our GE courses are designed with an Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) approach. To enhance the quality of student learning and assure the attainment of stated intended learning outcomes in the GE Programme (PILOs), we have undertaken the process of assessing GE courses that have been offered and the Programme as a whole, i.e. GE PILOs Assessment, through which we hope to:

  1. collect evidence on the quality of teaching and learning for course review;
  2. assist faculty in developing quality-assured GE courses and implementing effective assessment methods on students’ outcome;
  3. identify good teaching practices and areas for improvement;
  4. create sharing culture of effective and innovative pedagogical practices;
  5. encourage faculty development for betterment of course delivery.

GE PILOs Assessment

Assessment Plan

A systematic and effective assessment approach has been developed under the Evidence Collection Initiative for Whole Person Education (WPE) Assessment by the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL). It aims at providing an aggregate set of evidence to help ascertain students’ achievement of Graduate Attributes (GAs), through constructive alignment with programme and course intended learning outcomes.

In the GE PILOs assessment of GE Programme, a two-year review cycle has been formulated to ascertain how well our students have achieved the Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs). In each semester, one or two PILOs are assessed, so that all the 7 PILOs are covered in each cycle.

Two cycles of assessment have been implemented from AY2012 to AY2016. Selected courses in the Core and Distribution Requirements have been assessed in the first and second cycle respectively.

Assessment Approach

In our GE Programme, each GE PILO has a set of GE courses aligned to it. Therefore, according to the actual course deliveries, GE courses are selected for assessment of their respective PILOs in each review cycle.

Assessment instruments consist of both direct (Aggregated Course-Embedded Assessment) and indirect measures (Formative Review Exercise, and Interviews with Students and Faculty). Relevant GAs Rubrics are adopted directly in the assessment. For details of the assessment instruments, please visit this webpage.

Means to collect students’ learning experiences and feedback on GE courses/Programme

  1. Formative Review Exercise through GE PILOs Assessment:
    Formative feedback on students’ learning approaches and achievement is collected. Data is analyzed and presented by CHTL to faculty for reference and follow-up.
  2. Focus group interview:
    Face-to-face interviews with students to collect comments on course contents, pedagogical practices, and appropriateness of assessment methods on students’ academic performance, and self-rating on Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs).
  3. e-Channels:
    Students are encouraged to give comments on GE courses through “GE Comment Box” and reflect their GE experiences inside and outside of the classroom through “GE Share E-portfolio Award Scheme”.
  4. PILOs Survey:
    Self-evaluation survey on achievement of the 7 PILOs and the impact of the GE Programme for the new cohort of students who have completed all 38 units in GE is conducted.
  5. Evidence collection:
    Samples of students’ coursework, video assignments, or creative artwork are collected to evaluate the attainment of GE PILOs.

Ways of assisting faculty in improving the delivery of GE courses

  1. GE PILOs Assessment results sharing:
    Both quantitative and qualitative findings of the GE PILOs Assessment are presented to the GE Committee and disseminated to faculty, for formulating appropriate measures to improve the quality of GE courses. 
  2. Class visits:
    Selected GE courses are visited for better understanding of how students are engaged and perform in response to teachers’ pedagogical approach. Feedback is given to the faculty for enhancement of course delivery.
  3. Good Teaching Practices Sharing:
    Face-to-face meetings with faculty, with the aim of sharing their efforts and difficulties in teaching GE courses are carried out. Written statements and videos of good teaching practices and experiences are shared on GE website to cultivate quality teaching.
  4. GE Teaching Award:
    Faculty with outstanding teaching performance and devotion are rewarded and recognized in the annual GE Teaching Award.
  5. GE-related publications:
    Information / articles related to GE are posted in our website for promoting GE and enhancing the teaching of GE courses.
  6. Sharing in workshops, seminars, conferences and retreats:
    Teaching experiences are shared in GE activities and documented on our website.