1. Program Design and Approval
The Medical faculty curricula, which are created by examining the education programs of national and international competent institutions by academicians, department heads and department boards who are experts in their fields, are put into practice after being discussed and approved by the Faculty Board.
Student feedback is also of great importance in observations and evaluations of the effectiveness of the curriculum. The curriculum is updated and strengthened at the end of each academic year by receiving student feedback such as the continuous feedback of the Faculty Student Representative in the meetings held from time to time with the students, the continuous meetings of the advisors with the students.
1.1. Visibility and Accessibility
All courses in the curriculum are visible and accessible in the University Bologna System (BBS) on the basis of departments. The instructor of each course, its syllabus, outputs, and their compatibility with the program outputs are detailed on the web page and are accessible to internal and external stakeholders. Evidence: Üsküdar University Bologna Information System (BBS) https://sis.uskudar.edu.tr/oibs/bologna/
In the surveys made at the end of each semester, various meetings with the students and their opinions on the general operation and the execution of the programs are obtained.
Our University's Resolution Center deals with student complaints and requests instantly.
With our open door policy with our students, the wishes and ideas of our students are taken into consideration at all times.
Our students are informed through digital screens, mobile applications and SMS on every floor of our university.
1.3. Improvement Process
The program outputs planned in accordance with the principles determined within the scope of Turkey Higher Education Qualifications Framework are evaluated by the faculty members of the department at the end of each semester of the academic year, and the anticipated improvements are planned and implemented in accordance with the PDCA cycle. In this context, the steps taken towards the improvement process are as follows:
The effective operation of the advisory teaching staff system and the participation of internal stakeholders in the process are ensured through the meetings held.
Students' views on the course and curriculum are taken into account through course evaluation surveys at the end of the semester. Evaluation survey results are used for the purpose of adding or changing compulsory and/or elective courses in the relevant programs.
At the end of each academic year, the commitments of the programs regarding the educational objectives and learning outcomes are ensured by making arrangements in accordance with the evaluation results made at the departmental board meetings.
At the end of each academic year, departments review and update their curricula in line with the feedback from students, academics and the Rectorate, and are presented to the Senate after the approval of the faculty board.
2. Student-Centered Learning, Teaching and Assessment
2.1. Policies and Availability
In the Faculty of Medicine, education is carried out with a student-oriented approach, which is also the basic principle of Üsküdar University. For this purpose, attention is paid to the effective inclusion of the Student Council and Student Clubs in the process. Various social, scientific and cultural events held in partnership with student clubs and faculty lecturers are an important proof of this.
Feedback received from students through the Student Council Faculty Representative, Rector-Student Meetings held at least twice a year, University Solution Center data, international student coaching practice, preparatory school student coaching mentoring practice are some prominent examples of student-centered understanding.
While the student-oriented approach stands out in the creation of the syllabus, it is also important to ensure that all kinds of outputs related to the syllabus are accessible. Credit values (ECTS) based on student workload of the courses in the programs are created and recorded in Üsküdar University Bologna Information System (bbs.uskudar.edu.tr).
The satisfaction surveys applied to the students in each semester are an important tool in terms of evaluating all aspects of education and student feedback.
Meetings with the rector and students are also an important indicator of our student-oriented policy. Towards the end of each semester, all students of the faculty come together at a meeting called “Meetings with the Rector” and openly convey their criticisms and complaints. After each meeting with the Rector, the evaluation reports prepared by the faculties and the university are discussed at the relevant committees of the faculty and the University Senate, and negative feedback and rapid solutions to the problems are produced.
Our University's Resolution Center deals with student complaints and requests instantly. In various meetings, students are informed and encouraged to openly communicate their problems to the Solution Center. Any problem that reaches the Resolution Center is seen by the Rector, the relevant vice-rectors, the faculty dean, the relevant department head, the vice deans, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and related directorates, and quick action is taken for a solution.
It is obligatory for the students to attend 70% of the lessons and 80% to the practices, and this situation is communicated to the students both verbally and through the syllabus in the first lesson. In case of not being able to attend the exam, report the status of the student, etc. It is necessary to document it with documents and it is necessary to notify the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. After the transition to online education with the epidemic, synchronized class participation and exams implemented in the ALMS environment, both via zoom and teams, were recorded; student's copy in exams, etc. Appropriate examination plans have been made in order not to resort to illegal and illegal practices.
Our University's International Relations Directorate and ERASMUS Office are responsible for all the needs of foreign students. In addition, we have an ERASMUS coordinator in each department and we try to meet the needs of our foreign students without delay. With the international student coaching application, there is a practice of finding immediate solutions to the problems faced by foreign students. (See erasmus.uskudar.edu.tr ).
An important indicator of our student-oriented policy is the orientation meetings. At the beginning of each year, an orientation event is held for newly enrolled students, with the participation and briefing of the dean, department heads, all professors and all administrative directorates.
Effective consulting system implementation. Each of our students must have an advisor. Each advisor provides uninterrupted consultancy services from the first year until graduation.
An important indicator of the student-oriented approach in practice is STIX, which is used as a support area for the continuous realization of communication between the student and the instructor. As an internal communication network, continuous communication between the instructor and the student is ensured through STIX, course materials etc. all kinds of information sharing takes place through this channel in the most efficient way. STIX data is discussed in the university senate every week, and the effectiveness and continuity of lecturer-student communication is kept under constant control. (see stix.uskudar.edu.tr )
The number and duration of in-class activities (Midterm Exam, Quiz, Homework, Final, Out-of-Class Study, Class Participation, Practice, Laboratory, Presentation etc.) It is calculated based on the workload of 25 hours per week. This calculation is based on the workload hours foreseen by the studies carried out by the academic boards of the department (see bbs.uskudar.edu.tr).
2.2. Competencies and Specialization
Universities are institutions that produce science and research and development as well as education and training. Based on this awareness, the Faculty of Medicine also attaches importance to training strong academic staff in addition to education. For this, the following applications are carried out:
Specialization: It is important that each lecturer specializes in a certain field. For this reason, the fields of expertise are taken as a basis in the participation of each instructor in the education and training process.
Encouraging research and development activities: Efforts are made to provide the necessary conditions for each academician to produce knowledge in their field of expertise, to provide an academic working environment and financial support. Engaging in domestic and international scientific activities, participating in activities, carrying out activities, doing research, etc. work is encouraged. The Project Research And Development unit of the university also provides great support in this regard. (see parge.uskudar.edu.tr )
Training a strong academic staff: Recruitment and training of research assistants is of great importance in order to train a strong academic staff for the faculty. Research assistants in the faculty are encouraged to create a vision and grow in a certain field, and graduate and doctoral studies are supported.
Activity follow-up: The performance of the academic staff is monitored comprehensively with the Activity Tracking System (FTS). Academic permissions are given for the academic staff to continue their professional development, and a certain amount of resources are allocated from the University's budget for the academic activities that the teaching staff will participate in. (see fts.uskudar.edu.tr )
2.3. Student Participation and Learning Outcomes
At the beginning of each semester, syllabuses and learning outcomes are created for each course and shared in the Bologna Information System. The learning outcomes of this course are compared with the program outcomes and it is evaluated whether the final goal has been achieved or not.
Satisfaction surveys are conducted with students at the end of each semester, exam documents are archived, and students are informed on various subjects through STIX (Student Teacher Information Exchange) software.
Exam results, student surveys, application evaluation outputs for practice courses are secured by academic committee evaluations and decisions at the end of each semester.
2.4. Graduation Requirements
Graduation conditions are determined according to the provisions of article 47 of Üsküdar University Master's, Associate's and Undergraduate Education and Examination Regulations. Successful students who have successfully completed all the courses, graduation thesis and internship in the curriculum of the program they are registered with and who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 out of 4.00 are entitled to receive a diploma. In the syllabuses created at the beginning of each semester, the evaluation methods of the course are informed to the students at the beginning of each course within the scope of the Bologna process.
2.5. Student Rights
The regulations of our faculty covering student rights are in compliance with the University Legislation and Regulations. In addition, these rights and duties are guaranteed by the Student Rights and Duties Directive, which was created specifically for Üsküdar University. In addition, the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Directive has been implemented in order to take measures against any possible harassment and prevent discrimination at our university, and it is a guarantee for students. (See https://uskudar.edu.tr/tr/mevzuat-yonergeler )
2.6. Student Complaints and Suggestions
Students' complaints and suggestions are reached through the Solution Center Student Counseling System and Web page of our university, as well as through face-to-face meetings, and solutions are produced within the Faculty and necessary measures are taken to prevent the problem from recurring.
3. Educational Staff
A total of 114 faculty members and staff work in our Faculty of Medicine. Our academic staff is also stated on our website.
4. Learning Resources, Accessibility and Support
Prof. Dr. Ayhan Songar Library is located on the campus of the Faculty of Medicine. There are resources in the library where students can follow up-to-date and electronic resources. (See Kutuhane.uskudar.edu.tr). In addition, with the virtual library in the faculty lobby, students can access the resources they want in a virtual environment.
For each student, a faculty member is determined to provide academic and social counseling, and academic and social counseling support is provided to the student throughout his/her education.
At the beginning of each academic year, central Orientation Meetings and introductory meetings are held for the integration and acquaintance of new students, faculty and staff.
In addition, within the scope of the University Culture course, maximum participation of students in these activities is ensured.
The services and supports offered to the students are developed within the framework of the planning studies of the Senate, Faculty and Department committees.