Engineering Education in Universiti Malaysia Pahang: Students’ Expectations of Teaching Attributes

By Abdullah Ibrahim, Daing Nasir Ibrahim and Emmamelati Burhanuddin.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper reports on the investigation of students’ expectations of teaching attributes of their lecturers in engineering courses at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). It involves 190 lecturers from different faculties who have been evaluated by their students. About 1,148 written comments from student evaluation were analysed focusing on their needs and expectations with regard to the teaching methods of their lecturers. The needs and expectations of the students seem to reflect the teaching attributes that the students desire to experience during classroom teaching. It is anticipated that the advance of technology can make teaching more interesting and thus would be able to fulfill the needs of students in the learning process. Eleven teaching attributes were found to be common with regard to teaching by UMP lecturers. They were language and clarity, interactivity, illustration with examples, communication skills, outside activities, offer discussion, engaging exercises and assignments, sense of humour and supplying notes. It was found out that the nature of teaching at UMP is by and large a single-approach exercise, such as lecturing, in contrast to what is expected by the students who are in favour of multiple approaches. Subsequently, the study proposed several suggestions in the effort to improve teaching effectiveness at UMP by taking into consideration the application of various approaches in meeting the needs and expectations of students.

Keywords: Teaching Attributes, Student Expectations, Teaching and Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.990KB).

Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim

Director, Centre for Academic Quality Assurance and Development, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

I was appointed as a Director at the Centre for Academic Quality Assurance and Development (CAQADe) at Universiti Malaysia Pahang since 2005. As a Director of CAQADe, I am responsible in the development of academic staff besides ensuring the quality of all academic programmes offered by the University. This is to ensure that all academic programmes are recognised by accrediting agents and other professional bodies. Besides administrative responsibility, I am also assigned to teach few subjects such as electrical engineering and technopreneurship since these are my area of expertise. As an academia, I am also interested in doing research in various fields including engineering education, energy efficiency and social sciences.

Prof. Daing Nasir Ibrahim

Vice Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, Pahang, Malaysia

Emmamelati Burhanuddin

Assistant Registrar, Centre for Academic Quality Assurance and Development, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia


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