Outcome-based education (OBE) is a student-oriented approach that focuses on measuring students’ performance. A clear set of outcomes should be well defined for each course and program. OBE helps to measure how well the program achieves the Program Outcomes and how well students achieved the Intended Learning Outcomes.
All Engineering programs are accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and reviewed under the OBE Accreditation criteria. The courses covered in the program curriculum were mapped to the program outcomes in terms of three areas of contribution: Taught, Practiced and Measured. In the accreditation visit by HKIE in Oct 2013, the HKIE has given advice and comments on the plans and the schedule of measurement. The Programs will collect course data and review the program outcome achievement in a continuous manner since Spring 2014 when the School of Engineering was granted the Provisional Accreditation by HKIE. The HKIE will conduct the professional accreditation using the same OBE accreditation criteria when the first cohort of 4Y graduates becomes available in 2016.
Apart from HKIE, the Engineering Education Quality Assurance Committee (E2QAC) formed at the School level will monitor the program outcome measurement and review the progress of OBE implementation in departments. Detailed scope of work for E2QAC can be referred to Implementation.
Besides, the School takes the initiative to align the format of reporting at the Departmental QA Annual Report with the OBE implementation and Program Outcome measurement. By so doing, the Departments can make use of the QA Annual Reporting exercise to review and monitor the progress of data collection and program outcome measurement every year. The QA Annual Report will also be forwarded to the Committee for Teaching and Learning Quality for comment.