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Title: Evaluation of the first three years of a revised biomedical sciences curriculum
Authors: Schembri, A.
Stabile, Isabel
Keywords: Medical sciences -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Medical sciences -- Examinations, questions, etc
Questionnaires -- Data processing
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Citation: Schembri, A., & Stabile, I. (2012). Evaluation of the first three years of a revised biomedical sciences curriculum. Malta Medical Journal, 24(Supplement), 177.
Abstract: In 2009, the University of Malta Medical School embarked on a process of curricular reform starting with Years 1 and 2 of the basic biomedical sciences curriculum. Each semester since then, we have collected anonymous feedback from each cohort of Year 1 and year 2 students regarding whether 1. The study unit materials matched the learning outcomes; 2. The amount of independent work was compatible with the credit value; 3. There was close agreement between the stated objectives and what was actually taught; 4. There was repetition of content across study units; 5. The clinical relevance of the subject matter was emphasized; and 6. The time devoted to each study unit was adequate to meet the learning outcomes. Apart from that, data was collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching methodology within the new curriculum - be it practical session, lecture or small group session. All Year 1 and 2 study units were evaluated for each academic year. Between 2009 and 2011, 1281 students completed the questionnaires (35% of the study body). Analysis of this data shows that in general the revised curriculum has been well received. Students have commented favourably on the new integration of academic disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology into system-based modules. Concerns have been raised about some of the learning outcomes and the time allocated to certain topics. These data have been utilised by curriculum planners to amend several of the study units, which changes will take effect in October 2012.
ISSN: 18133339
Appears in Collections:MMJ, Volume 24, Issue Supplement
MMJ, Volume 24, Supplement

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