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Joint Quality Assurance Structures

Joint Quality Assurance Structures

The EMECC NURSING Master is subject to the quality control systems of the partner Universities and to the specific EMECC NURSING Quality Assessment Structures and Procedures.

Quality assurance will be carried out both on a global level, for the programme as a whole, and on a local level by each partner university according to their own quality assessment programmes. It will focus on aspects such as the added value this EMECC programme offers (compared to similar programmes at the partner universities), the expected learning outcomes achieved in the course both from student and professor point of view, the professional relevance of the acquired knowledge and skills, the administrative abilities of the consortium, the institutional infrastructure and performance of the partner universities, etc.

The Consortium Committee

The Consortium Committee shall continuously assess the EMMECC NURSING course content and implementation in order to deliver high quality education. The standards and guidelines from the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) will be used as a common reference for quality assessment and improvement. The Consortium Committee shall use the online Self-Assessment Tool (www.emqa.eu) before the start and after the end of each EMMECC edition to explore if excellence is being demonstrated and whether the planned course covered all of the key aspects of excellence.

Another method to achieve quality assurance will be the self-evaluation based on the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. In this fashion at the end of each semester the students and the teaching professors will have to answer a number of questions regarding the course programme, its corresponding administration, expected and actual outcomes. The inquiry will be in a form of a questionnaire. An overall course evaluation will be performed by all students at the end of their period of study. A questionnaire about the expected and actual outcomes of the internship shall also be completed by companies and students. The results of these inquiries will be gathered by the Coordinator, who with the help of the Technical Secretariat shall analyze them and include the results in the Quality Assessment Report produced for each Master edition.

Cross-master quality survey on the course content achievement, programme implementation and performance of the consortium partners will be conducted and delivered by the Coordinator as well. This survey will be carried out on a yearly basis, in a form of questionnaires and interviews, to an end of gathering information about the master implementation by the other partners, from one interviewed partner's point of view.

Quality Assurance Procedures

The EMMECC NURSE Intranet, hosted on the Erasmus Mundus web site, will have a "Complaints and Suggestions Box", where students will be able to post their complaints. The area will be managed by the Coordinator. The Coordinator will have a period of 15 days to get informed about the complaint, contact the parties involved through the Partner Coordinator at the involved Institution, mediate a possible solution and its period of accomplishment, and respond. If the complaint is not resolved in this period by the Coordinator, the student will be able to deliver it to the Consortium Committee. If the solution to the complaint is not implemented in the arranged period, the Coordinator shall call a Consortium Committee meeting and submit the complaint and information on the subsequent activities for discussion and further actions. The decision of the Consortium Committee is binding.

This tool can be used by students to share suggestions on the course programme, planned activities and overall organization. Suggestions may help during policy planning of possible improvements. Alumni students shall have the possibility to assess the programmes' quality, based on their experience.

Students will be asked to fill in an anonymous Self-evaluation questionnaire, delivered as an online evaluation form, upon completion of each semester, assessing among other things the content of the subjects, the implementation of academic objectives, the quality of teaching, the workload, the materials and media used, the information and support granted and the personal experience. They will also evaluate the overall organisation, accommodation and infrastructure provided. A similar questionnaire will be provided at the end of the master edition as well. Students will evaluate the period of training providing information if the provided internship was challenging and satisfactory, the workload and task distribution at the company, collaboration with the partner company and the tutor, as well.

Teaching professors will be asked to fill in an online-evaluation form after each semester as well, assessing student participation and integration in the course, workload, infrastructure and materials provided, financial resources, communication with other partners of the consortium and their personal experience.

The online evaluation forms will be part of the web-site intranet and will be managed by the Coordinator.

The Coordinator's Interviews and site visits

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course is a complex project, and one of the reasons is the diversity of the partner universities that form the consortium. Efforts should be made so that the Erasmus Mundus Master Course is delivered uniformly by all universities. The communication with the partner universities is carried out through the professors and the faculties or departments that are part of the consortium and its bodies. The communication between them should be seamless and continuous. Although distributed in various universities the Erasmus Mundus Master Course should ensure equal infrastructural possibilities and resources for the students.

Quality assessment will be undertaken by the Coordinator in order to evaluate the course programme and its outcomes, the communication and coordination between the partners and the institutions, the organisation and implementation of the master course. This cross-master quality survey among the partners will be delivered by the Coordinator once a year in form of questionnaires and site visits.

For each edition of the EMMECC NURSE Erasmus Mundus Master Course the Coordinator shall produce a Quality Assessment Report. This report shall include a course evaluation, the results and the analysis of the evaluation questionnaires from the students, staff and partners, the analysis of the cross-partner survey, the submitted unresolved student complaints and valuable suggestions from students and alumni and feedback from the associated partners providing internships. The Academic Committee shall be consulted on the matters regarding examination and admission.

The members of the IAB shall review this Quality Assessment Report and shall include their suggestions and proposals for master course improvement based on their knowledge and experience.

The Consortium Committee shall review the Coordinator´s Quality Assessment Report, identify the need for changes in the master course programme or its implementation, consider the suggestions and the proposals provided by the IAB and develop a joint action plan with the necessary actions, priorities and responsibilities. The plan called Evaluation Report shall be delivered to each cooperating university including detailed suggestions on how to improve or adjust courses, organisation or master implementation.

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