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Table 15 Example of recommendations at the curriculum level

From: Improvement of medical content in the curriculum of biomedical engineering based on assessment of students outcomes

Problem Recommendation
(curriculum Target values calculated by DAP –curriculum Target values determined a priori* by department) > (N** × curriculum Target values determined a priori* by department). This means that the curriculum does not reflect perfectly the requirements of the program set by the department. Target values of every course should be revised.
(curriculum Target values calculated by DAP –curriculum Target values determined a posteriori** by department) > (N× curriculum Target values a posteriori*** determined by department) This means that the constituents recommend modification of Target values in order to adapt to local and global market/research circumstances. Target values of every course should be revised. This case is mainly encountered in long assessment cycles.
Curriculum (Score/Tool) < 60% (or 3/5). If all course-level improvements did not solve the problem then the structure and the sequence of curriculum should be revised. For example, additional pre-requisite or co-requisite courses should be inserted.
The weighted average of the results, of all assessment tools, calculated for an outcome is less than (3/5). If all course-level improvements (courses sub-outcomes, courses Target values, courses assessment activities…etc.) did not solve the problem then a deep revision of curriculum structure and sequence should be carried out.
The result of one of the assessment tools is < (3/5) for an outcome. - If the weighted average of all assessment tools is higher than (3/5) and the results of the high- weight assessment tools (most important) are satisfactory then no or only simple actions are implemented e.g. adding more activities related to the outcome in the courses. - If the weighted average of all assessment tools is lower than (3/5) then deep revisions should be carried out at course and curriculum levels.
(Target-Tool) > (N* × Target) A revisiting of courses should be carried in order to achieve a curriculum total Tool value higher than threshold.
Change of outcome significance based on outcomes review by program constituents. This means that the constituents recommend modifying the outcome translation into the curriculum in order to adapt to local/global market/research circumstances. This will induce a change in many courses sub-outcomes in order to make them complement each other and achieve the outcome new definition.
Addition or removal of one of the PEOs or SOsM based on outcomes review by program constituents. This means that the constituents recommend modifying the outcomes list to adapt to local/global market/research circumstances. This will induce a change in curriculum. This will induce a change in many courses sub-outcomes in order to make them complement each other and achieve the new outcome.
  1. A priori*: determined in the beginning of the current academic year/assessment cycle. N** is a percentage set by the focus group, faculty member and department committee. Suggested: N = 30%. A posteriori***: determined in the beginning of the following academic year/assessment cycle based on the review process by program constituents