Curriculum assessment as a direct tool in ABET outcomes assessment in a chemical engineering programme

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The chemical engineering programme at the United Arab Emirates University is designed to fulfil the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (A-K) EC2000 criteria. The Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering has established a well-defined process for outcomes assessment for the chemical engineering programme in order to ensure that its graduates achieve the programme educational objectives. Different direct and indirect tools are implemented in the assessment process. Among these tools, the greatest weight in the assessment process has been given to the curriculum (30%). The course and curriculum assessment usually plays an important role in improving the course content and quality; as it should provide considerable information on the effectiveness of an academic programme. This paper aims to discuss the methods used to assess the courses/curriculum of the chemical engineering programme as an important direct tool in the assessment process for ABET accreditation. Application of the curriculum assessment results in the continuous improvement of chemical engineering programmes is also addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-505
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Abet accreditation
  • Assessment tools
  • Chemical engineering
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Outcomes assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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