Principles of Assessment at Unaizah College of Medicine

Assessment at Unaizah College of Medicine

Assessment at UCM is the process by which knowledge, skills and behaviours may be tested and judgments made about competence or performance, it also helps in monitoring the progress and making educational decisions when necessary.

We look at assessment of our student learning as a process to improve their knowledge, skills, and attitudes via driving their learning and motivating them by implementing excellent assessment and feedback methods. Through the assessment process, we compare our student learning objectives (desired learning) to learning outcomes (what actually was learned) and use the information generated by these comparisons to make programmatic improvement and changes.

All assessment and evaluation activities at our college are strongly founded on a scientific basis in all its phases. Beside, Academic Affairs at UCM, Medical Education Unit and Examination Committee are jointly observing meticulously the whole process of assessment to ensure high standard of quality of conducting examinations at Unaizah College of Medicine as per college policy/guidelines that meet international standards maintained by well-founded USA medical colleges.

Principles of Assessment at Unaizah College of Medicine:

-          The primary purpose of assessment at Unaizah College of Medicine and applied Medical Sciences (UCM) is improving student learning.

-          Assessment of student learning is based on goals and objectives reflected in the College’s mission.

-          Assessment of student learning must have course and program significance.

-          Assessment of student learning depends on clear and explicit learning goals.

-          Assessment involves a multi-method approach.

-          Assessment results will be used for decision making in planning and improvement processes.

-          The results of assessment activities will not be used for the evaluation of individual faculty.

-          Assessment data will not be used to make comparison across programs or departments.

-          Successful assessment requires College support.

Importance of Assessment:

Assessment is important because it drives students learning (Brissenden and Slater, n.d.). Most students tend to focus their energies on the best or most expeditious way to pass their ‘tests.’ Based on this knowledge, we can use our assessment strategies to manipulate the kinds of learning that takes place. For example, assessment strategies that focus predominantly on recall of knowledge will likely promote superficial learning.

On the other hand, if we choose assessment strategies that demand critical thinking or creative problem-solving, we are likely to realize a higher level of student performance or achievement. In addition, good assessment can help students become more effective self-directed learners (Angelo and Cross, 1993). As indicated above, motivating and directing learning is only one purpose of assessment.

Well-designed assessment strategies also play a critical role in educational decision-making and are a vital component of ongoing quality improvement processes at the lesson, course and/or curriculum level.