The College fully embraces the importance of engaging external professionals to shed light on its academic quality. Ever since its inception in 2005, the College has been under regular scrutiny of HKBU. The 1st Institutional Review (IR) on UIC by HKBU was conducted in 2007 and revisits are normally held at an interval of around two years.

The 6th IR took place in March 2017. The College pays heed to the recommendations put forward by all review panels and undertakes appropriate follow-up actions to improve and enhance its learning environment.

Below are the highlights of affirmation from the 6th IR review panel.

  1. The good practice of soliciting students’ input from different levels of committees has been upheld.

  2. The College adopted the Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) approach and implemented the Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) policy in the 2013-14 academic year. After a 3-year transitional period, the College resolved to approve, at its 8th Senate meeting (2015-16) held on 18 May 2016, the full implementation of CRA with effect from the 2017-18 academic year.

  3. The College fully appreciates the merits for students to acquire learning experiences in real-life settings. In the years under review, all divisions have strived to improve their provision of internship opportunities.

  4. It is expected that the launch of Evidence Collection Exercise (ECE) will further encourage the divisions’ adoption of the 7 Graduate Attributes (GAs) rubrics to assess their students’ learning outcomes and experiences.

  5. The good practice of engaging support from teaching assistants in teaching-related activities has been continued across all divisions...training activities have been organised for these teaching assistants. In future, research postgraduate students will also be involved in discipline-related undergraduate teaching activities.

UIC Program Revision Protocol
(for all HKBU Degrees offered at UIC at Undergraduate level)

  1. Program revisions requiring the approval of the HKBU-Senate via the HKBU-Quality Assurance Committee (QAC)
  2. Program revisions requiring the approval of the UIC-Senate
  3. Program revisions requiring the approval of the Division Board
  4. Program revisions requiring the approval of the Program Managementiv. Program revisions requiring the approval of the Program ManagementCommittee

i. Program revisions requiring the approval of the HKBU-Senate via the HKBU-QAC:-
(duly endorsed by the UIC committees: Program Management Committee, Division Board, Quality Assurance Committee and Senate)

  • title and award of degree
  • program duration and mode of attendance
  • number of units for degree
  • medium of instruction of courses
  • introduction of Minor programs
  • introduction of Double Major programs
  • admission1 and graduation requirements
  • adding/dropping of entire options/concentrations
  • exemption from the University’s unit requirements for majors/minors/options/concentrations

ii. Program revisions requiring the approval of the UIC-Senate:-
(duly endorsed by the UIC committees: Program Management Committee, Division Board, and(duly endorsed by the UIC committees: Program Management Committee, Division Board, and Quality Assurance Committee)

  • aims, objectives and learning outcomes of programs
  • title for options/concentrations
  • changes to existing Minor programs (except for changes to unit requirements)
  • courses for study-abroad students
  • assessment weighting

iii. Program revisions (including change of GE courses2) requiring the approval of the Division Board:-
(duly endorsed by the UIC-Program Management Committee)

  • adding/dropping of courses
  • adding/dropping of course categories e.g. supporting courses, majors, non-majors, required and electives groupings
  • assessment methods
  • number of lectures/tutorials/laboratories per week
  • title/coding/level of courses
  • special requirements (visits, fieldwork, internship, placement, etc.)
  • unit for courses
  • coursework requirement for research postgraduate students
  • change of courses from required to electives, major to non-major or supporting etc., and vice versa
  • sequencing
  • pre-requisites/co-requisites

iv. Program revisions (including change of GE courses2) requiring the approval of the Program Management Committee:-
(for information of the Division Board)

  • aims, objectives and learning outcomes of courses
  • target students
  • outline of topical content of syllabi
  • reading list/references/textbooks
  • teaching materials

 

Notes:

1. For programs offered by UIC, revisions to the admission requirements could be submitted to the HKBU-Senate directly for consideration and approval in parallel with the endorsement process of the UIC-Senate.

2. For UIC-GE courses and WPEX modules that are not offered by programs/divisions of UIC, they are monitored by UIC-course panels, UIC-Committee on General Education, and UIC-Committee on WPE Experiential Learning, respectively.

3. Changes that affect the content of the University Calendar/Bulletin should be brought to the attention of the HKBU-Academic Registrar by the UIC-Senate.

4. The Program Revision Protocol is adapted from the HKBU Senate paper SEN/13-14/2/A3.

 

Updated on 20 Jan 2014

Beyond the normal Quality Assurance mechanisms already in place at UIC, the following surveys for the enhancement of Teaching & Learning will also be taken up:

  • Mid-Term Teaching & Learning Survey

Mid-Term Teaching & Learning (T&L) Survey, usually conducted at the seventh teaching week each semester, is organised by individual academic unit within their unit only. Though the pen-and-pencil mid-term survey is optional, it is strongly advisable and encouraged.

This survey is intended to give instructors a formative assessment on how students are learning and thus allow instructors adjust their teaching plan timely and efficiently. The exercise can also supply supplementary information on the evaluation of teaching effectiveness in addition to the college-wide term-end online teaching and learning evaluation. 

  • Semester-End Online Teaching & Learning Evaluation

Online teaching and learning evaluation (TLE) is conducted at the end of each semester. The exercise aims to provide teaching staff with student feedback on the effectiveness of their teaching and to assess the attainment of intended learning outcomes by students. It forms one component of the College's comprehensive quality assurance system in teaching and learning.