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eVALUate

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Response to student feedback from Semester 2 2015

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give feedback via eVALUate in Science and Engineering in Semester 2, 2015.

In summary, we are very pleased with the Semester 2, 2015 eVALUate results and the improvements that have been made across many departments. The Faculty of Science and Engineering has 21 enrolling departments or areas, some large and some small. Overall, student satisfaction with the quality of their unit teaching and learning experiences in Science and Engineering continues to be high and the 80% Agreement target was reached in all items except Feedback (now 77.2%). In Semester 2, students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering told us that 82.3% agreed that they were satisfied with their unit, this is an increase in almost every item since Semester 2, 2014. This indicates in 2015 more than four of five students were satisfied with their units.

Student feedback is valued and acted upon and we would like to reach the goal of having every student contribute to eVALUate so we know what we do well and what we might do to improve.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering congratulates all Departments and teaching areas that have made marked improvements as a consequence of student feedback over the previous five semesters. Since 2014, large improvements have been made in the Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Environment and Agriculture, Department of Exploration Geophysics, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Spatial Sciences, units owned by the Engineering Foundation Year and Engineering Operations.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering would like to congratulate the following areas that achieved above 80% overall satisfaction of students with their units in Semester 2, 2015:

Students have indicated that the most helpful aspects of their units were: the methods of learning and teaching; the quality, attitude, accessibility, responsiveness and teaching skills of staff; learning resources; intellectual learning outcomes; and relevance of assessments and units to the real life and their discipline.

The areas in which students indicated that units could be improved were: the methods of learning and teaching; unit resources and structure; assessment standards, marking and relevance to the real world; and the teaching skills of some staff. Providing timely and effective feedback to students remains our great challenge but we will continue to work to develop strategies to provide feedback that helps students learn.

A summary of the Faculty’s eVALUate results has been circulated to all Heads of School and discussions held to further improve Science and Engineering courses and to ensure that we offer the best possible programs for students. The Faculty is very pleased with the improvements that are continually being made, and while we know that there are some units and areas that have some way to go, we acknowledge the efforts of all staff and unit coordinators to deliver a quality education for all our students.

eVALUate feedback from students is a key source of data to inform course structure and curriculum changes.

What is happening in 2016

Curtin has been implementing its vision for transforming learning (for more information, go to the blog of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at http://www.curtin.edu.au/learningfortomorrow/). As Curtin continues to transform the design and delivery of education, your feedback in eVALUate will be invaluable in providing us with information on how we can improve the quality of our courses and your learning experiences.

Professor Teri Balser
Dean Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Science and Engineering