Aligning Quality Assurance at the Course Unit and Educational Program Levels

This is a paper whose abstract has been accepted for FIE 2016. The authors are:

Björn Þór Jónsson and Marta Lárusdóttir, Reykjavik University, Iceland

Mats Daniels, Uppsala University, Sweden

Alison Clear, EIT, New Zealand

Tony Clear, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Roger McDermott, Robert Gordon University, UK


Below is the abstract:

Abstract—Quality assurance is a subject that has grown dramatically in importance in recent times. In previous work, we have described how the ACM Curricula can be used to support the Quality Assurance process of educational programs, using the Computer Science program at Reykjavik University as an example. Faculty members and employers of graduates participated in the process, that resulted in providing both detailed quantitative data and qualitative information. The assessment also raised awareness of how abstract topics and learning outcomes from an international standard can be used when revising the curricula of a particular course in a CS program. Quality assurance is indeed a continuous process, where the results of evaluations should be used to drive improvements. In this paper we focus on how a Database course was re-structured based on a recent quality assurance process.