Curriculum Development Department
An Overview of the Curriculum Development Department
The Curriculum Development Department (CDD) plays a major role in leading the processes of teaching and learning as well as assessment practices at the College. The primary mission of this department is to provide support and advice to other departments concerning the development of high quality curricula, which contribute to the vision of the College. It strives to ensure that quality standards are met, and that the curriculum offered by the College is in tune with the needs of the “World of Work”. To achieve this end, in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Departments as well as the Planning and Development Department, the CDD utilizes and develops policy and maintains accurate and up-to-date curriculum data which address the ever-changing pedagogical needs in technically-oriented higher education milieus
At the Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes, the curriculum is perceived as the formal mechanism by means of which intended educational goals are realized. This formal mechanism comprises learning and instruction, and thus ‘curriculum’ is defined as the set of skills taught on a particular course, in a sequential manner and over a set period of time, including theoretical and practical aspects, and for which there are established assessment procedures and standards.
Objectives and Responsibilities of CDD
- Provide support and advice to respective departments on the development of high quality curricula, which contribute to the vision of the Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes,.
- Ensure adherence to prescribed educational standards (e.g., Industry-based Education, ABET/ACBSP) among departments.
- Ensure that the curriculum offered by the Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes, is in tune with the needs of the World of Work.
- Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with local and international academic bodies with the aim of ensuring an excellent quality of instruction within the Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes
- Ensure the periodic revision of syllabi
- Develop procedures for curriculum and communicate the procedure to the departments and administration
- Provide consultation to departments for development of new course and new program, text book selection and any other matter related to curricula
- Review and approve the requirements for educational programs
- Review and approve or disapprove all proposals for new programs
- Recommend the approval of new programs, new courses and change in existing syllabi
- Consult with convening groups on curricular issues.
- Review and make recommendations for course materials, textbooks, curriculum management software, library resources, and for student learning experiences.
- Study trends in curriculum nationally and internationally
- Work with the Academic Planning Committee to affect improvement and changes as appropriate in all areas of the curriculum.
- Ensure documentation of curriculum committee activities
Competency Based Education at RC Colleges and Institutes.
The educational endeavor of the Royal Commission Colleges and Institutes, is based on the philosophy of Competency-Based Education (CBE). This instructional philosophy involves providing each learner with an integrated combination of the specific knowledge, skills and attitudes he or she will need in order to obtain and retain employment in the specialization of his choice. In this fashion, instruction in the classroom is more directly focused on work-related performance requirements. Unlike the traditional education system, which is teacher-centered, CBE is learner-centered and the learning process is central
CBE helps each learner to acquire generic competencies as well as the specific competencies needed in his area of specialization. In addition, it stimulates the transfer capacity of learners through focusing on innovations and problem solving, explication of problems, self-reflection and self-assessment. The central idea is to create the 21st century learning students and graduates which involves four learning and innovative skills (4Cs) namely Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.
Dr. Nasser Abosaq Information & Communication Technology, RCYCI
Our CDD partners are really helpful. They added fruitful comments and made our work move easily and smoothly toward meeting the deadline for our new track approval.
Dr. Maram McMullen Deputy Managing Director, YUC Women’s Campus
Many thanks to the Curriculum Development Department for expediting the entire textbook ordering process in a timely manner in spite of the challenges we faced and the endless paperwork. Many thanks for their assistance with the Textbook Management Software system.