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2017 Month : April Volume : 3 Issue : 1 Page : 11-14

EVALUATION OF UNIVERSITY QUESTION PAPERS IN MICROBIOLOGY FOR MBBS STUDENTS.

Asima Banu1, Presteena Mathew2

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Asima Banu,
Professor,
Department of Microbiology
Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute,
Bengaluru, India.
E-mail: asima.banu@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND

Assessment is a very important component of education. To correctly judge the knowledge and skill of the learners, assessment should be valid and should judge the appropriate levels of cognition.

The objective of the current study was to analyse the quality of question papers in undergraduate summative assessment in Microbiology based on content validity, levels of cognition, repetition of questions and mark distribution.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

A quantitative observational study of Microbiology theory question papers from 2011 to 2015 (5 years) was done. Content validity was evaluated by calculating weightage and levels of cognition were analysed using Modified Bloom’s taxonomy.

RESULTS

Analysis of question papers for cognitive domain showed that 8% of the questions tested factual recall (Bloom Level I), 11% tested data interpretation (Bloom Level II) and 2% questions tested critical evaluation (Bloom Level III). 79% of the questions did not belong to any of the cognitive domain. We also found that the questions on Applied Microbiology were less when compared to the other sections.

CONCLUSION

Accurate assessment of students’ knowledge is essential, especially in medical education. For this the question paper setters should follow the university guidelines and ensure that the weightage for different topics is maintained.

Keywords

Microbiology, MBBS, Content Validity, Medical Education.

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