HOW IT WORKS (FAQ)
We get it. Online learning can take some getting used to. We’ve listed down some of the most commonly-asked questions by students and parents, so you can get a better idea of what we’re doing. If you have more queries, just click the button at the bottom of the page. We’re always here to help!
How do I join?
All you need is a computer connected to the Internet. Join our classes on Google Hangouts Meet and Google Classrooms, and you’re all set.
If you’re unfamiliar with the applications, don’t worry – we offer training for those who need it.
How different will online learning be from real-time classes?
Lecturers and students still meet in real-time, but in online mode or virtual classrooms
How will this work for international students?
The online mode works for students from all over the world as the timing of the online classes will be adjusted to suit different time zones.
What are the recommended laptop / PC requirements for online learning?
- Processor: Intel i3 or i5
- HDD: 256GBSSD
- OS: Win10
For Hardware requirements using Google apps and Hangouts Meet please refer to the link below
What online learning platforms will be used?
Google Classrooms & Google Hangouts Meet for real-time sessions.
Who do I call if I have problems handling these two apps?
Students should text or inform the lecturers during the class. Our IT help-desk is on standby for more complex issues.
How will the classes be scheduled?
Classes are set according to standard course timetables. They will range from 1.5 to 2 hours for each synchronous (real-time) session.
The classes will be scheduled to suit different international time zones, depending on the students’ location. Schedules/timetables will be sent out before the classes start. Supplementary face-to-face classes will be offered once regular learning resumes.
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed via submission of assignments, participation in online discussions and activities, online tests etc/
Is QIU’s online learning approved and recognised by the higher education authorities?
QIU’s courses are in line with circulars and guidelines issued by the relevant governing bodies, including:
- The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
- The Ministry of Higher Education; and related professional accreditation bodies such as:
- The Malaysian Medical Council
- The Pharmacy Board of Malaysia
- The Engineering Accreditation Council
The lecturers post voiceover PowerPoint lectures where students can listen to the lecturer explaining concepts and revisit anytime to understand further. Teaching-learning is complemented with access to ClinicalKey and Access Medicine online databases which offer digital copies of recommended texts and journals. This offers students the flexibility to learn at their own pace. Additionally, the discussions, quizzes and other forms of interaction are conducted online.
The clinical classroom sessions like lectures, seminars, problem-solving sessions are online during the MCO period, making more room for bedside teaching during the post MCO period.
Students are continuously assessed through a variety of assessments and feedback is provided to ensure learning. Analyses of assessment results will enable the lecturers to devise and implement remedial measures aimed at improving student performance.
This Academic Continuity Plan (ACP) is prepared in conjunction with guidelines provided by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, The Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and based on the Standards on Approval and Recognition of Pharmacy Programme 2018.
For Semester 2 of 2020 (6 April 2020 – 7 August 2020), the summary of Academic Activities are:
6 April – 17 July 2020: Lectures, Practicals, Continuous Assessment, Hospital/Clinical Attachment.
20 July – 24 July 2020: Study Break
27 July – 7 August 2020: Final Examination.
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES EXCEPT OSPCE & PRACTICALS
All academic activities (Lectures, Tutorials, Case Studies, Problem-based Learning, Assignments, Quizzes) except for OSCPE and Practicals are to be conducted online, leaving the remaining 5 weeks for OSCPE and practicals. The online methods for OSCPE and Practicals will be carried out as per guidelines provided by the Pharmacy Board.
YEAR 4 HOSPITAL / CLINICAL PHARMACY ATTACHMENT
Year 4 students are scheduled to undergo 8 weeks of attachment at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, Perak commencing 26 May 2020. If necessary, Online Attachment Simulations with the preceptors are being looked into.
Online examinations based on the Pharmacy Board Guidelines will be carried out.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 – 2021
The Academic Year commences in October 2020. In the event that the MCO is extended beyond October 2020, the curriculum will be conducted online in line with the Guidelines provided by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and based on the Standards on Approval and Recognition of Pharmacy Programme 2018.
Foundation in Science, Actuarial Sciences, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology Programmes
DELIVERY (INCLUDING PRACTICALS)
All learning materials will be shared via Google Classroom. To cater for students with poor connectivity, all online classes will be recorded and shared for those who are unable to join in the real-time activities. This will also benefit those who would like to revisit the videos after real-time online lessons. Such an approach can cater to students with different learning paces.
All resources such as reference materials (e-books, journals, websites & e-library platforms) and tools or applications that are needed for every course will be provided before the semester starts.
Classes will be conducted via Google Hangouts Meet which allows interaction between a lecturer and up to 150 students. Lecture slides will be presented using the presenter view. The sessions can be recorded by students for their own reference later. Class discussions can be performed via Google Classroom or WhatsApp. One-on-one discussions can be done via Google Chat/WhatsApp as well.
Classes will consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Pre-recorded lecture slides to be provided to students prior to synchronous sessions where students and lecturers will subsequently have online discussions regarding the topics.
For practical-based lessons, lecturers can use videos (or even simulation videos) to demonstrate the laboratory experiments to the students (synchronous session) then the students can be broken into groups to prepare lab reports (asynchronous session, specifically for Foundation students).
During the demonstration sessions, the lecturer will explain the protocols of the experiments step by step. This would also test the psychomotor domain of the students as several online lab demonstration videos require students to be interactive. Another form of lab-based education is an online discussion on science journals. The students may be provided with the journals beforehand and then join a chat room to discuss the outcome/ results of the journal findings.
Students will be assessed based on the achievement of the Course Learning Outcomes through a variety of assessment types and tools for the different domains of learning. Informal assessment includes the use of Quizizz, Kahoot, Google forms with timer, and self-assessments.
School of Computing
Practical based lessons in the School of Computing‘s (SOC) programmes can be conducted online or offline as only open-source software tools are required. Even courses that involve hardware equipment such as network equipment can be simulated via a software named Packet Tracer produced by Cisco.
In order to make learning more engaging, SOC is planning to introduce gamification elements into the courses. For example, we will be teaching programming using a gaming platform named CodinGame.
All assessments in our SOC’s programmes are in the form of quizzes, reports, and coding exercises. Hence, all of the assessments can be conducted online or offline at the comfort of the students’ own home.
Other activities (Tutorials, problem-based learning etc.)
- Forum discussion
- Collaborative tasks using Jamboard, Padlet, Google Doc etc.
- Article critique
School of Engineering
DELIVERY (INCLUDING PRACTICALS)
Modelling and simulation will be used for practical-based lessons that can be linked towards modern engineering inventions throughout the world. Modelling will involve prediction-enabling complex investigations towards solving engineering problems. Google Classroom and Google Meet will be used as a medium to connect students with the live teaching streams and enhance consultation towards the project practical based lessons.
Synchronous and asynchronous sessions main platform: Google Classroom linked to Google Meet.
Other activities (Tutorials, problem-based learning etc.)
• Forum discussions
• Collaborative tasks using Jamboard, Padlet, Google Doc etc.
• Journal reflections
• Short quizzes, self-assessments (using Mentimeter, Kahoot etc)
For courses with practicals, virtual labs or simulations will be used. In virtual lab courses, online engineering students will fulfil laboratory course requirements using only their computers. Some virtual labs are simulations of how students would conduct experiments and gather data in the real world.
Fully coursework-based – mainly case studies, quizzes, presentation, open-ended assignments and the final assessment. Platforms like Jamboard can be used for students to brainstorm ideas. The assignment can be marked according to their individual ideas – in line with Problem-Based Learning Methods (PBLs).