Teaching & Learning
Teaching-Learning Methods Lectures are conducted for most of the offered courses while tutorials are specifically designed for particular courses which require analysis and calculation. A two credit hours course for instance will be delivered by a 1+1 lecture session (50 minutes/session) or a 1+2 comprising 1 lecture session and 1 tutorial session (1 hour and 50 minutes per session). Similarly a three credit hours course will be delivered by a 1+1+1 or 1+2 lecture sessions or a 2+1 comprising 2 continuous lecture sessions (1 hour and 50 minutes) and 1 tutorial session. The lecture sessions are made compulsory for the undergraduates to achieve technical abilities, be alert of contemporary issues and understand the effect of technical solutions on economy, environment and society at global scale.
Lectures are conducted in appropriate lecture hall (DK) that can accommodate 60 to 90 students per session and tutorials are conducted in lecture room (BK) that can accommodate up to 40 students. At present, the university has three lecture theatres that have seating capacity up to 250 students. Laboratory courses are designed to ensure the ability of students to conducting experiments, analyze and interpret data. Laboratory sessions are conducted in group typical 5 person per group. Although material and equipment are being prepared and set by the technical staff, students are required to read the lab manual before coming to lab. At the beginning of every lab session, a short briefing will be given and then students have to conduct the experiment themselves.Although some programme require the lab report to be submitted in group, every group member is assigned specific task which is used to measure the CO of individual student.
Computer laboratory for teaching computation skill, programming and language related courses are also provided for 30 to 60 students per 1 hour and 50 minutes session. University courses offered by Centre of Modern Languages and Social Sciences (CMLSS) for instance emphasise on communication skill (oral and writing). To ensure that the assessment plan and target could be achieved, lectures are encouraged to use variety of teaching methods such as problem based learning, cooperative learning and student centered learning (SCL. The students could gain the required knowledge but are also going out with good character, attitude and skills. As part of the CQI process, lectures performance are assessed regularly every semester by the students to get feedbacks particularly with regard to the effectiveness of the delivery mode used by the academic staff. The evaluation is of the courses and program consists of a series of coursework and final examination. The course work assessement is conducted through the semester while the final examination is set in final semester. The course work consist of test , assignment, project paper etc.
Emphasis to the Students
The necessity for strong soft skills which comprises of critical thinking, problem solving skills, leadership, positive values, team working, language proficiency and communication skills is highly emphasized for students' learning. The issue of soft skills acquisition is critical as the future industry leaders in Malaysia are expected to be equipped with both technical and leadership skills in order to be at the top. Realising the importance of soft skills, the faculty requires all students to pass two soft skill courses offered during the second and the third year of study. Soft skills elements such as positive values, leadership, team working, communication and learning capability are evaluated. Students who are incompetent are required to attend soft skills clinic as the remedial programme. They need to re-register the courses again if failing the soft skills clinic. All clinics are conducted during selected weekends at suitable locations according to the needs of the clinic. Although these courses are not graded, however students are pushed to prove good conduct according to the desired ethics in oerder to pass the courses. In addition, specifically designed co-curriculum activities that forms part of the compulsory university courses are offered by the Co-curriculum Unit of the university. These activities emphasize on teamwork and ethics of the students.
Contribution of the Faculty in Industrial Development
As the world is rapidly gearing towards globalisations, the emergence of borderless countries has resulted in greater competition for jobs, thus leading to competitive job market. However, the courses are still conventionally taught by focusing on the development of sound fundamental knowledge. Hence, in order to produce competent local and global engineers, additional values must be incorporated in the academic syllabus. Thus, besides imparting fundamentals knowledge, the programmes are blended with both technical and soft skills as to ensure the graduates are fully competent with industrial requirements. For instance, in civil engineering programmes, laboratory courses are offered as to expose the students to the actual industrial environment. Furthermore, students are encouraged to be involved in design project and participate in exposition/competition whereby they create self-learning activities under the guidance of competent academicians.