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Academic Quality Assurance Process: A Case Study of Examination Process at College of Information Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)

Author(s):Asmidar Binti Abu Bakar --- Rosnafisah Bte. Sulaiman
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 121-131
Quality assurance process in education is essential to ensure the quality of education especially at a higher learning institution. This paper will discuss the academic quality assurance process for examination processes at UNITEN. In UNITEN, the examination processes are using the ISO 9001: 2008 standard. A study was conducted for three consecutive semesters to investigate whether the academicians have successfully followed the standard operating procedure in preparing examination questions. Common mistakes were identified and investigated further for business process improvement such as cycle time and time completion in the examination processes.  The outcome from this study will be used to improve the related processes and operating procedures.

Implementing English Drama for Engineering Students

Author(s):Nurshuhaida Mohd Shokri -- Alicia Philip
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 132-139
This paper presents perceptions of pre-university students who have participated in a drama performance in an English course. The introduction of drama in foundation level aims at familiarizing the students with the application of English language in the real situation. Drama activity was conducted in the first semester as a preparatory stage for the upcoming public speaking course. In this study, teams of students needed to act out using English language. The study adopted a mixed method design to examine the process undergone by the students in conducting dramas. Data was gathered by means of self-reported questionnaire, semi-structured interviews with the students, and observations in the classroom, and by analyzing students? reports.

Sports Recreation & Fitness: An Investigation on Nutritional Evaluation in Term of Protein, Minerals and Fat Evaluation among Undergraduate Students in UNITEN

Author(s):Mastura Johar -- Rosima Alias -- Azmi Ahmad
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 140-144
Recent developments in Malaysia have highlighted the fact that the lack of physical activity or sedentary lifestyle will not only contribute to rising obesity rates, but it also directly contributes to the risk of several physical and psychological health, and heart disease still remains one of the nation?s leading causes of death.  The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the effect of a 12-week of physical activities on nutritional evaluation in term of protein, minerals and fat evaluation among undergraduate students in UNITEN.  Hundred and eighteen subjects were recruited from Sports and Recreation Management course in semester 2 2012/2013.  Subjects were all male both local and foreign students between the ages of 19 and 30 years. Subjects are engineering students who were not enrolled in any exercise program over the period of one year (sedentary). A pre-test-post-test control research design was utilized.  Subjects were assigned to a 12-week of physical activities for 50 minutes per session at three times a week (36 sessions). The In Body 720 Body Composition analysis examined nutritional evaluations which include protein, minerals, and fat were used to assess changes in both the nutritional evaluation respectively, as a result of the physical activities at one and 12-weeks.  Statistical analysis included (group x time) measures t-test to determine mean differences. Results for nutritional evaluation indicate a significant p = < 0.5, an improvement in protein, and mineral evaluation analysis at week 12. It is concluded that with any form of physical activities does contribute greatly to the positive findings and should be include as subjects in higher learning to improve the nutritional evaluation and obesity diagnosis among sedentary undergraduate students.

The Effectiveness of Peer Mentoring Module on the Personality of Peer Mentors

Author(s):Haizan binti Mohd Taha -- Fauziah Hanim binti Abdul Jalal -- Nora binti Dato Yahya -- Mardian Shah bin Omar -- Evelyn Yeap Ewe Lin
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 145-151
The purpose of this research is to identify the effectiveness of Peer Mentoring Module (PMM) on peer mentors with good characteristics along with their academic performance. From the Big Five Personality Dimensions, those characteristics which include extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness should support peer mentors in handling the underachievers on academic mentoring program. Therefore, Big Five Inventory (BFI) was given to twenty peer mentors from the Engineering and Information Technology Degree program in Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). The overall findings support the hypothesis that PMM is effective on peer mentors personalities. The research outcome may help researchers to identify the personalities of peer mentors through academic mentoring program. In addition, with PMM training, it may upgrade the quality of helping skills in peer mentors towards the underachievers. Therefore, identifying the right personality of peer mentors will be one of the important aspects in implementing the guidance and counseling practices in academic mentoring.

Investigating Impeding Factors of Generic Skills? Teaching and Learning in Private Higher Education Institutions: An Analysis of Perception by Private Higher Education Institutions? Students in Malaysia

Author(s):Rosima Alias -- Mohd Izham Mohd Hamzah -- Noor Hafiza Nor Azmi 
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 152-159
This study discusses the impeding factors of Generic Skills? (GS) Teaching and Learning in Private Higher Education Institutions (PHEI) in Malaysia. A total of 365 respondents from PHEIs? Year 3 and 4 students were involved in this study. Data was collected through questionnaires and interview. Reliability and validity of the instrument have been proven through Cronbach Coefficient values and Rasch Measurement Model. The results showed: (1) There are four main impeding factors that hindered GS in Teaching & Learning based on the students? perception which is lack of time, extra workload), multiple responsibilities and students? own attitudes, and (2) incompatibility factor of PHEIs? curriculum is not a major obstacle in GS? Teaching & Learning. The study also shows that there is a need for PHEIs and policy makers to improve the existing GS module as well as PHEIs? policies, taking into account the impeding factors.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning Programming Through Embedded Systems

Author(s):Surizal Nazeri -- Azizah Suliman -- Salman Yussof -- Nur Shakirah Md Salleh 
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 160-169
An earlier study has shown fewer students are interested in learning programming subjects. Many tertiary educational institutions are faced with a high failure rate in programming courses. In Malaysia the shortage of skilled programmers to meet the job market has caused companies to invite programmers from the foreign countries like Indonesia, India and Vietnam. In generating interest towards programming, a new teaching module has been developed. In this module, students will use electronic devices on an embedded kit to run their programs. This paper discusses the results of an analysis of the experiments carried to test the concept of teaching and learning C programming through embedded systems. Based on the analysis done, the students proved to be more interested in learning programming. Most of the students agreed that the use of electronic tools help them to be more creative as well as increase their interest in programming. It also created opportunities for teamwork when they start doing and discussing the programs development with their friends.

Fun Learning Activities: The Antidotes of Anxiety in Public Speaking Classroom

Author(s):Evelyn Yeap Ewe Lin -- Noor Hafiza Nor Azmi -- Ili Farhana Ab Razak -- Nurhanis Sahiddan -- Chong Seng Tong -- Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 170-176
This study seeks to find out if a series of fun learning activities conducted in a public speaking classroom is effective to lower anxiety level among students. In accordance with this, the current study was conducted employing a one-group pre-test and post-test experimental design. These tests were carried out using questionnaires to determine students? level of public speaking anxiety. It is found that there is a significant difference in the students? level of public speaking anxiety after encountering the treatment based on fun learning activities designed. Some recommendations and ideas with regard to the fun activities used to teach public speaking skills are discussed.

Assessment of Beee and Bepe Program as Part of Continual Quality Improvement

Author(s):Farah Hani Nordin -- Ungku Anisa Ungku Amirulddin -- Fazrena Azlee Hamid -- Azrul Mohd Ariffin -- Chau Chien Fat 
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 177-186
Continual Quality Improvement (CQI) involves analyzing the Program Educational Objectives (PEO) and Program Outcomes (PO) which helps an academic institution to reflect on the quality of the programs offered where recommendations for improvements can be made. As part of the CQI process, this paper presents the attainments and feedbacks on the PEO and PO for the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BEEE) and Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering (BEPE) which are obtained through a Stakeholders Survey form. The results show that most of the objectives are attained and most of the stakeholders agree with the objective statements.

Understanding of the Concept of Sustainability Via Short Written Assignment in Thermodynamics 1

Author(s):Nur Irmawati Om -- Hasril Hasini -- Siti Sarah Ain Fadhil
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 187-194
The subject of Thermodynamics is important for undergraduate students taking the engineering degree, in particular mechanical engineering. It has become the core subject for junior undergraduate engineering students in all universities offering the Mechanical Engineering programme. The subject deals with the fundamental and principle of the energy conservation and emphasizes on the foundation of the thermal science and its related concepts. With the current energy scenario in the world, together with an alarming situation related to environmental issues, young engineers are expected to be sensible in balancing future development and various environmental concerns. Thus many institutions have embarked on the introduction of the sustainability concept to graduating engineers. Different methods were introduced in order to ensure that graduating engineers are well-equipped with the knowledge and understanding of sustainability related issues. One method is to slowly integrates the concept during the early years in the engineering program. This paper describes the investigation of the effectiveness of such introduction of the sustainability concept through one of the most important subject in earlier years of engineering program. In this subject, the concept of sustainability is introduced through lectures, tutorials and assignment. In general, the assessments were distributed through written mode such as tutorial assignment, homework assignment, midterm examination and final examination.
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