Analyzing the Curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alimam ALmahadi using Harden’s 10 questions framework
Introduction:Curriculum analysis defined as unpacks a curriculum into its component parts, evaluates how the parts fit together, checks underlying beliefs and assumptions and seeks justification for curriculum choices and assumptions.
Methods:This is a qualitative and descriptive study analysing the undergraduate curriculum of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alimam Almahdi by adopting Harden’s 10 Questions of curriculum development framework approach. Answering Harden’s questions reflects the fundamental curricular components and how the different aspects of a curriculum framework fit together.
Results:The analysis of the curriculum of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alimam Almahdi reveals a curriculum with interactive components. Clear structured objectives and goals reflect the faculty’s vision. The approach for needs assessment is based on a scientific ground, and the curriculum integrated contents have been set to meet national and international requirements. Adopting SPICES strategies helps the faculty and students achieve the objectives of the curriculum. Different motivated instructional methods are adopted competable with the program objectives and outcomes. A wide range of assessment methods has been adopted to assess the learning outcomes of the curriculum correctly and reliably, and in alignment with the intended outcomes. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alimam Almahdi has a favourable educational environment for operation of its curriculum and it has also a well-defined policy for curriculum management, monitoring and evaluation.
Conclusion:Harden’s 10 questions are satisfactory addressed by the multi-discipline and well developed, well-structured, and integrated curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Alimam Almahdi. The curriculum supports the mission and objectives of the faculty.
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