Competency mapping framework for regulating professionally oriented degree programmes in higher education

Srinath Perera, Solomon Babatunde, Lei Zhou, John Pearson, Damilola Ekundayo

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Abstract

Recognition of the huge variation between professional graduate degree programmes and employer requirements, especially in the construction industry, necessitated a need for assessing and developing competencies that aligned with professionally oriented programmes. The purpose of this research is to develop a competency mapping framework (CMF) in this case for quantity surveying honours degree programmes. The graduate competency threshold benchmark (GCTB) is a key component of the CMF. Therefore, the CMF contains the mapping process, the template documents and the benchmark. The research adopted literature review, pilot study, case studies (including semi-structured interviews) and expert forum in developing the framework. The framework developed in this research provides new insight into how degree programmes map against competencies. Thus, the framework can be applied more widely, to other professional degree programmes, for monitoring and improving the quality and professional standards of construction degree programmes by accrediting bodies. This should connect construction graduates more effectively to the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
JournalStudies in Higher Education
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2016

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