Teaching quality

Quality Assurance is an indispensable process that involves all those who work in the University, in which each individual's progress benefits the entire University and stimulates the kind of fruitful debate the university must aspire to in order to ensure its social role is effective and tangible.
QUALITY ASSURANCE means: defining quality policies that are aligned with the University's strategic directions, and reliable and robust procedures through which the governing bodies can implement them; implementing activities to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in all the University's internal processes, first and foremost in the service of the quality of education and research; creating awareness in all those who work in the University so that everyone's tasks are carried out competently and promptly, the services provided are effective, and a record is kept of what has been done to monitor and measure results.
For more information on Quality Assurance, please consult this page: https://www.unipr.it/AQ

Student Opinion Survey Questionnaire (OPIS)

The Student Opinion Survey Questionnaire (OPIS) is a tool designed to detect student opinion with a view to improving teaching, quality and the organisation of degree courses and is an integral part of the assessment system; for students it is an important opportunity to make their voices heard and actively participate in the life of their course, as a guarantee of better Quality Assurance: for this reason the University recommends that it is filled in punctually and accurately.
For more information on OPIS questionnaires, please visit the following page: https://www.unipr.it/didattica/i-corsi-di-studio/compilazione-del-questionario-di-valutazione-della-didattica-line

Organisation and responsibility for Course QA

The general aspects of quality assurance (QA) organisation and responsibilities at department level are described in the attached document at the bottom of this box.
To ensure the quality of the Degree Course in Computer Systems, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, a Review Group (GdR) has been set up. The GdR is composed of the Course President, the Quality Assurance Manager (RAQ), a Student Representative and an Education Manager from the Department of Engineering and Architecture to which the degree course belongs.
The current members of the Review Group are listed in the 'Presentation' section of the SUA Form, under 'Contact People and Structures'.
The GdR has the task of guiding the degree course towards continually improving their own results, as well as managing the process of self-evaluation, i.e. the process by which the degree course monitors its own performance and assesses its own results, including in accordance with the guidelines established by ANVUR. In particular, the GdR draws up the Single Annual Degree Course Report (SUA-CdS), the Annual Monitoring Form (SMA) and the Cyclical Review Report. In this process, the Course Council also plays an important role. The degree course is responsible for analysing and discussing the SMA and the cyclic review report as well as checking the contents of the SUA-CdS. The Course Council also thoroughly analyses student evaluation questionnaires, course unit by course unit.
With a view to ensuring continuous quality improvement, the Study Course Steering Committee, which meets at least once a year, also plays a key role.

Work scheduling and implementation deadlines for initiatives

The quality assurance of the degree course consists in the implementation of the QA Model proposed and coordinated by the Quality Assurance Body and in the planning and implementation of corrective actions, the effectiveness of which is assessed annually through the analysis of indicator trends in the Annual Monitoring Form and, in depth, periodically in the Cyclic Review Report.
Corrective actions under the control of the Department and/or the degree course are planned according to the organisational and management arrangements of the Department and/or the degree course and are coordinated and monitored by the Quality Assurance Manager (RAQ).
The degree course appoints an internal Review Group (GdR) whose activities are organised as follows:
- survey of the demand for training (through the steering committee and the other initiatives indicated in framework A1.b): every year by 31 December;
- updating of the learning objectives: every year by 31 January;
- redesigning of the Course Catalogue: every year, if necessary, within the ministerial deadlines for the modification of the frameworks;
- harmonisation of the course-unit programmes: every year by 31 July;
- updating of the course-unit syllabi for the following academic year: every year by 31 July;
- evaluation, by the RAQ and the Course Council, of the students' questionnaires: every year by 31 October;
- filling in of the SUA-CdS: every year according to ministerial deadlines, normally between the end of May and the beginning of June;
- compilation of the Annual Monitoring Form: every year by 31 October;
- meetings of the Review Group aimed at monitoring actions and proposing improvement initiatives: at least three per year and in particular (i) one in January - analysis of the training demand survey and possible redesign of the course catalogue, analysis of the Evaluation Committee's annual report, monitoring of drop-outs and proposals for improvement (professor/instructor tutoring); (ii) one in March/April - analysis of the report by the Joint Teacher and Student Committee, preparation of the SUA-CdS, harmonisation of programmes, updating of course unit syllabi, preparation of the prospectus; (iii) one in September/October - analysis of the results of the student opinion survey, analysis of the CdS indicators and preparation of the SMA, assessment of the status of the actions reported in the RRC, preparation of the SUA-CdS.
The general planning of QA activities leads to daily contact with student representatives, tutors, professors/instructors and staff in the Academic Office and central offices. In correspondence with deadlines for documents or fulfilments (review, SUA form, beginning and end of semesters, examination and graduation sessions), activities intensify and take the form of drafting texts or collecting information.
To these activities must be added those at University level:
- the compilation of the annual report of the Joint Professor/Instructor and Student Committee;
- the compilation of the annual report of the Evaluation Committee;
- the redefinition of the policy, organisation and responsibilities for the QA of the degree course, the scheduling of work and the deadlines for the implementation of initiatives at University level.