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Evaluation purpose, function, policies and procedures

The purpose and function of the evaluation

The students, the supervisors and the lecturers as well as the study board, the school and the faculty have a mutual interest in the fact that the semesters as a whole and the teaching are continuously developed and improved and that previous experiences are used in that process. The evaluations form an important basis for the work of the study board and the school in order to ensure the quality of the study programmes. Supervisors and other lecturers also use the semester evaluations for continuous improvements and adjustments of courses and supervision. At the same time the evaluations are used as background material for planning next year’s semester. As a student you cannot expect to start an academically exciting and  well-planned semester if you have not participated actively and constructively in evaluating the semester you have just finished. 

This circular argument of ongoing improvement of the study environment and the quality of the study programmes is a mutual responsibility of the students, the lecturers and the study board.

Policies and procedures for programme evaluations

The school and the study board send out and gather (via the study board secretaries) the teaching evaluations at the end of each semester in order to evaluate the students’ outcome of courses and project work as well as the study environment. At the end of the 6th semester of the Bachelor programme and the 4th semester of the Master programme this evaluation is expanded. The evaluations are carried out via digital questionnaires in SurveyXact and they partially consist of fixed and set questions answered by ticking off boxes, partially by more free comments which can be filled in the questionnaire by the students.

Hereafter it is the responsibility of the semester coordinator to

  • gather the incoming teaching and programme evaluations in a form
  • make concluding remarks to these,
  • make suggestions to future actions that may solve any noted problems in order for these to be discussed at a study board meeting.

It is then the responsibility of the Chair of the Study Board to ensure that the study board discusses how any noted problems can be solved, including whether the Head of School – maybe together with the Head of Department – should contact the lecturer(s) in question in order to identify the problems, the cause as well as the options for solution.

It is the responsibility of the study board secretary to convey the relevant course and project evaluations as well as any actions decided by the study board, which need to be dealt with in order to correct any critisizable issues, to the coordinator for the next semester, so that these actions may be taken into account in the planning of the coming semester. All teaching and programme evaluations are thus systematically at the root of the planning of future semesters when the members of the planning committee (semester coordinators, lecturers and students) plan new semesters.