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Information & Activities Report

( January


March 2008)

By

Muhammad
Taimur

Khan


Director, QEC

e
-
mail: qec@upesh.edu.pk




Quality Enhancement Cell

University of Peshawar

QEC Secretariat:


Separate Office in the Main Administration Block

Personnel:


Director
(Full time)


Data Analyst
-

vacant since November, 2007. Post has been
advertised, applications received, selection awaited.


KPO cum Personal Assistant
-

in place


Naib Qasid
-

in place

Equipment:


Existing
:
Computers
-

02 by HEC, 01 by UoP; Laptop
-
01(UoP);


Fax
-
01; Scanner
-
01; Telephone
-
01; HP
-
Laser Printer


Required
:
Photocopier



Outcome of Evaluation of Model Department


Department of Geography was selected for documentation
as a pilot project. The improvements suggested in the
document still need to be made. For instance the
introduction of Thesis in the Master Programme has not
been initiated yet. The faculty is divided on the issue. The
main argument is that it is not practical to offer thesis for
large number of students.



Some efforts have been made in meeting one of the
objectives i.e. establishing a Remote Sensing and GIS
laboratory in the department under the guidance of Prof.
Dr. M. Aslam Khan, a Foreign Faculty.



Alumni Association has not been formed yet.


Status of Self Assessment Implementation





The Quality Enhancement Cell, circulated Teacher
and Course Evaluation Survey proformae to all the
Departments for self assessment for the session
2006
-
07.



Students from 35/41 Departments filled Teacher
Evaluation Proformae, while only 11/41
Departments returned filled Course Evaluation
Proformae.


Contd…


The entry and analysis of the data was done by
QEC since the PTs did not cooperate in the self
assessment exercise on the pretext that they are
already overloaded with routine teaching and
other assignments.



The Vice Chancellor also emphasized that in
order to get unbiased responses of the students
the exercise should be conducted and data
analyzed by the QEC.


Contd…


In the absence of any software for analysis of
the data, a simple statistical technique of
weighted averages (in percentage) was
employed to get scores for each faculty member.



The same procedure was adopted to calculate
scores/grades for the courses taught during the
academic session.


Contd…


An Executive Summary of the results of self
assessment for the academic session 2006
-
07
was submitted to the Vice Chancellor on
January 10, 2008.



On the directives of the Vice Chancellor the
results were also communicated to the Deans
for discussing them with their respective faculty
members, and take appropriate corrective
measures where needed.


Grading System


The grading system on the pattern of Semester
System was used to assign scores to the faculty as
well as courses:



Scores obtained

Letter Grade


Remarks


80% and above


A


Excellent


65


79.9%



B


Good


50


64.9%



C


Satisfactory


40


49.9%



D


Poor


Below 40%



F


Very Poor

Contd…


Results of some selected Departments are
presented in the following slides for sharing the
information/procedure with colleagues:


Results of Teacher Evaluation

of Centre of Biotechnology

S.No
.

Faculty Member

% Score obtained
(Rounded off)

Letter Grade

Remarks

1.

XXXXXXX

89

A

Excellent

2.

XXXXXXX


80

A

-
do
-

3.

XXXXXXX


78

B

Good

4.

XXXXXXX


75

B

-
do
-

5.

XXXXXXX


61

C

Satisfactory

6.

XXXXXXX


61

C

-
do
-

7.

XXXXXXX


51

C

-
do
-

Results of Student Course Evaluation

of Centre of Biotechnology

S.No
.

Course Offered

Instructor

Level of
Satisfaction
(% )

Letter Grade

Remarks

1.

Immunology

XXXXXXXX

82

A

Excellent

2.

Medical Bio
-
technology

XXXXXXXX

79

B

Good

3.

Genetic Engineering

XXXXXXXX

78

B

-
do
-

4.

Agricultural
Biotechnology

XXXXXXXX

77

B

-
do
-

5.

Research Methodology

XXXXXXXX

74

B

-
do
-

6.

Industrial Biotechnology

XXXXXXXX

71

B

-
do
-

7.

Molecular Genetics

XXXXXXXX

70

B

-
do
-

8.

Microbiology

XXXXXXXX

67

B

-
do
-

9.

Medicinal Biotechnology

XXXXXXXX

67

B

-
do
-

10.

Bio
-
informatics

XXXXXXXX

65

B

-
do
-

11.

Biochemical Engineering

XXXXXXXX

53

C

Satisfactory

Teacher vs Course Evaluation

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
ZU
NB
TA
NK
IS
MA
GR
NS
NQ
Score (Percentage)

Teachers/Courses

Teachers vs Courses Evaluation

Department of Archaeology

Teachers
Courses
Teacher vs Course Evaluation

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
T
RK
SR
JA
Score (Percentage)

Teachers/Courses

Teachers vs Courses Evaluation

Department of Anthropology/Sociology

Teachers
Courses
Teacher Evaluation Survey

Contd…

Q.4 Communicative Ability
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
1
2
Two Teachers of the same Department
No. of Respondents
V.High
High
Average
Low
V.Low
Not Attempted
Contd…

Q. 8 Explanation of Concepts with Real Life Examples
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
1
2
Two Teachers of the same Department
No. of Respondents
V.High
High
Average
Low
V.Low
Not Attempted
Contd…

Q. 21 Ideas and Concepts were Presented Clearly
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
2
Two Courses of the same Department
No. of Respondents
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Not Attempted
Plan for further use of Information



A meeting of the respective Deans is being planned to
discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their respective
faculties on the basis of results of the above survey in
the next month.



Two of our deans are still acting Vice Chancellors, One
at University of Peshawar and the other at
Malakand
.
New deans have not been appointed as yet. This would
delay many of our activities.


Lessons learnt during the implementation



Lack of interest of Programme Teams in conducting
self assessment surveys and analyzing the data. The
QEC has to do all that.



The Vice Chancellor is of the opinion that in order to
get unbiased response from the students regarding
teaching and the courses the Director QEC should
conduct the surveys himself and also analyze the data.
This seems against the spirit of self assessment,
though, but the Vice Chancellor has a valid point.


Contd…


The Data Analyst/Web Manager has resigned about
4 months ago, no one has been appointed yet. The
vacant post has , however, been advertised and a
new Data Analyst will be appointed by the end of
March, 2008.



The KPO and the Naib Qasid are entering the data
and analyzing it according to the simple statistical
technique of weighted averages.


Sharing the Self Assessment Knowledge


The Director, QEC participated in a workshop
arranged by Khyber Medical University in
February 2008 at Pearl Continental Hotel,
Peshawar as resource person on the self
assessment procedures of HEC


Action Plan for Self Assessment Exercises for
Academic Session 2007
-
08


Evaluation of One Model Department:


Evaluation of one selected department has already been submitted to HEC,
documentation of other departments including Biotechnology,
Environmental Science, Economics is in process.

Self Assessment Surveys in other Departments:

4
-
Year Bachelor Programmes:


Survey of Programme Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation and Course
Evaluation of 4 departments including Biotechnology, Economics,
Environmental Sciences, Management Studies, Education is in progress.

Master Programmes:


The assessment survey of Master Programmes will be conducted in the third
week of April, 2008.


Plagiarism Detection Software


The HEC has provided plagiarism detection
software “ iThenticate ” to University of Peshawar
to check theses, journal articles for plagiarism
through this software. The use of the software has
been approved by the ASRB of which the Director
QEC is also a member.

Contd…


The Director QEC, after checking the theses
through the software issues a certificate on the basis
of similarity index and acknowledgement of
original sources within the text whether the theses
under scrutiny are plagiarized or otherwise.



Besides, the Editors of journals of University of
Peshawar have been requested to get the articles
checked through the Plagiarism Detection Software
prior to publication. Articles submitted for
publication in one journal did have serious
problems.







Continued…


A Policy on Plagiarism by the University is being
made in the light of the HEC Policy on Plagiarism.



A Committee consisting of one


Dean, Director QEC, Director Admissions and
Deputy Registrar has been constituted to make
necessary statutes for Plagiarism Policy.



Hopefully, the statutes shall be submitted to the
ASRB very soon and finally put before the
Syndicate for approval.

Thank You