Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
National Commission for Academic Accreditation &
Revised March 2007
For guidance on the completion of this template, please refer to of Handbook 2 Internal Quality
Institution : Alfao
College/Department: College of Sciences / Chemistry Department
A. Program Identification and General Information
1 Program title and code Chemistry / CHEM.
2. Total credit hours needed for completion of the program 128 hrs
3. Award granted on completion of the program Bachelor Degree in Chemistry (BSc)
4. Major tracks/pathways or specializations within the program (eg. transportation or structural
engineering within a civil engineering program or counselling or school psychology within a psychology
Pure Chemistry program; Applied Chemistry program
5. Intermediate Exit Points and Awards (if any) (eg. associate degree within a bachelor degree program)
6. Professions or occupations for which students are prepared. (If there is an early exit point from the
program (eg diploma or associate degree) include professions or occupations at each exit point)
Water treatment Stations
Governmental and private chemical laboratories
Quality Control Laboratories in pharmaceutical, food, mining, detergents
and other chemical Industries
Petroleum and petrochemical industry
Environmental protection agencies
Research & Development laboratories
7. (a) New Program Planned starting date
(b) Continuing Program
X Year of most recent major program review 2005
Organization involved in recent major review (eg. internal within the institution,
accreditation review by NCAAA Other Self assessment reviewed by international
experts in the field
8 Name and position (eg department chair person) of faculty member managing or coordinating the
Chairman of the Chemistry Department
9. Location if not on main campus or locations if program is offered in more than one location.
B Program Context
1 Explain why the program is needed.
a. Economic reasons (if relevant)
Development of chemical industries in the Kingdom
Serving the petroleum, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, mining, food,
detergents and other chemical industries
Supplying highly qualified chemists for research and development
b. Social/cultural reasons (if relevant)
Safety awareness on health hazardous chemicals and environmental
c. Relevance to Institution/College Mission.
Providing other scientific disciplines with the basic knowledge needed for their
Providing manpower needed for the development plans in the Kingdom
2. Relationship (if any) to other programs offered by the institution/college/department.
a. Does this program offer courses that students in other programs are required to take? Yes X
If yes, what should be done to make sure those courses meet the needs of students
in the other programs?
Joint committees are formed to review the course requirements and
learning outcomes periodically.
b. Does the program require students to take courses taught by other departments? Yes X
If yes, what should be done to make sure those courses in other departments meet
the needs of students in this program?
Explore the professional requirements for the program through
employers' surveys and interviews
Joint committees are formed with other academic programs and
industries to review the course requirements periodically
3. Do the students who are likely to be enrolled in the program have any special needs or characteristics
that should be considered in planning the program? (eg. Part time evening students, limited IT or
language skills) Yes No
If yes, what are they?
Adequate preparation and achievement in mathematics and sciences at the
general education level.
English language proficiency
Knowledge of computer skills
5. What should be done in the program to respond to these special characteristics?
Students have to be prepared at the general education level and through a
preparatory year or at the undergraduate level in English Language,
mathematics, sciences, computer skills.
C. Mission and Goals of the Program
1. Program Mission Statement
Commitment to excellence in discovery and transmission of knowledge in the
field of chemistry, achieving international recognition and satisfying the
national industrial needs of skilled manpower.
Providing nurturing and conductive environment for quality teaching ,
learning and research in basic and applied chemistry.
2. List any major goals for the development of the program over a specified period (eg. five years).
(These should be consistent with goals established for the institution) For each goal list or very briefly
describe the major strategies to be followed to achieve the goals.
Design curricula at the international
Offer quality program in chemistry level.
Review and assess the program
Satisfy the national industrial needs Review the program requirements in
consultation with industry and solicit
their feed back
Training faculty members on ways
Provide a supportive learning and means of quality student learning
Conducting training and updating to Conducting short courses appropriate
the manpower in industry and other to all levels of industries and services
D. Program Structure and Organization
1 Program Description.
A program or department manual should be available for students or other stakeholders and a copy of the
information relating to this program should be attached to the program specification.
This information should include required and elective courses, credit hour requirements and
department/college and institution requirements, and details of courses to be taken in each year or semester.
If this information is not included in the published statement provide additional details.
2. Development of Special Student Characteristics or Attributes
List any special student characteristics or attributes beyond normal expectations that the institution, college
or department is trying to develop in all of its students. (eg. Eg. Particularly good at creative problem
solving, leadership capacity, commitment to public service, high level of skills in IT). For each special
attribute indicate the teaching strategies and student activities to be used to develop it.
Special Attributes Strategies or Student Activities to Develop these Special Attributes
Commitment to the
environmental issues Including environmental awareness in the curriculum
Observing safety rule and Including the safety aspects in the lecture and
regulations when handling laboratory courses
Quality control awareness Including quality control training in the laboratory
Commitment to societal Conducting training programs to people working iu
needs industry and other public services
3. Required Field Experience Component (if any) (Eg. internship, cooperative program, work experience)
Summary of practical, clinical or internship component required in the program.
Note that a more detailed Field Experience Specification comparable to a course specification should also
be prepared for any field experience required as part of the program.
a. Brief description of field experience activity
Field experience through summer training or cooperative programs in industry
b. List the major intended learning outcomes for the program to be developed through the field experience
Students should be able to
gain on site training in relevant industries
identify his career after graduation
get training on the latest techniques and development in fields
c. At what stage or stages in the program does the field experience occur? (eg. year, semester)
Junior/Senior level (third / final year)
d. Time allocation and scheduling arrangement. (Eg. 3 days per week for 4 weeks, full time for one
Full time work in industry for 8 weeks
e. Number of credit hours
2 credit hour
4. Project or Research Requirements (if any)
Summary of any project or thesis requirement in the program. (Other than projects or assignments within
individual courses) (A copy of the requirements for the project should be attached.)
a. Brief description
Senior research projects: students practice different techniques and principles of
chemistry , submit a final project report and conduct an oral presentation.
b. List the major intended learning outcomes of the project or research task.
Use modern instrumentation and classical techniques to design experiments and
to properly record and analyze the results
c. At what stage or stages in the program is the project or research undertaken? (eg. year, semester)
Junior/Senior level (third / final year)
d. Number of credit hours
3/6 credit hours
e. Summary description of provisions for student academic advising and support.
Students work directly under supervision of faculty member , individually or
within a group
f. Description of assessment procedures (including mechanism for verification of standards)
Submit a written report
Conduct an oral presentation
A group of faculty members who reviewed the report and attended the
presentation will give the grade.
5. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning
For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:
The knowledge or skill the program is intended to develop and the level of that knowledge and
skill. (as a guide see general descriptions of knowledge and skills in the National Qualifications
Framework for the qualification level of this program;
The teaching strategies to be used in courses in the program to develop that knowledge and those
skills. (This should be a general description of the approaches taken throughout the program but
if particular responsibility is to be assigned to certain courses this should be indicated.);
The methods of student assessment to be used in courses n the program to evaluate learning
outcomes in the domain concerned.
(i) Summary description of the knowledge to be acquired
Demonstrate fundamental theoretical concepts and applications of current fields
Demonstrate utilization of other science disciplines (Math, Physics and biology)
Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new area of research in various
fields of chemistry
(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge
In-lass or online lectures,
class recitation/ tutorial,
home work assignments
The knowledge is expected to be linked with the past experience and future
preparation needed in the various fields of chemistry
(iii) Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired
Written Exams ( MCQs, conceptual questions and problem solving
Laboratory performance and reports
Home work assignments
Research and literature search assignments
b. Cognitive Skills
(i) Cognitive skills to be developed and level of performance expected
Extend fundamental theory in chemistry to laboratory practice and life
Analyse and solve chemistry-based problems.
Integrate and evaluate information.
Formulate and test hypotheses using appropriate experimental design and
analysis of data.
Demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical
(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills
Case studies related to national industries
(iii) Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills
Allocating part of the course grade to the above skills
Oral and written presentations
c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility
(i) Description of the level of interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed
work independently and as part of a team and acquire leadership
Manage resources, time and other members of the group
Communicate results of work to chemists and non chemists
Acquire knowledge of relevant standards or codes of ethics in chemistry
Understand issues of diversity of cultures
(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities
Ethical and social responsibilities concerning chemistry are included in
courses and made as integral part of the discipline as a whole
Students asked to work in the form of small group project within a course so
they can cooperate and share the skills
(iii) Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility
Evaluation of group reports and individual contribution within the group
Peer or self assessment
Surveys asking individuals to share their perception of their own attitude
and or behaviors
d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills
(i) Description of the communication, IT and numerical skills to be developed
Demonstrate communication skills such as : writing, reading, presenting,
negotiating and debating
Demonstrate skill in the usage of computer, network, software packages
relevant to chemistry
(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills
Assigning individual or group project and presenting the findings orally and
in writing whenever appropriate in the courses.
Incorporating the use and utilization of computer, software, net work and
multi media through courses
(iii) Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills
Assessment is through coursework, presentation, however some skills are not
assessed formally. Assigning part of the course grade for these skills
e. Psychomotor Skills (if applicable)
(i) Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required
(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills
(iii) Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills
6. Admission Requirements for the program
Attach handbook or bulletin description of admission requirements including any course or experience
7. Attendance and Completion Requirements
Attach handbook or bulletin description of requirements for:
b. Progression from year to year.
c. Program completion
E. Regulations for Student Assessment and Verification of Standards
1. Regulations or policies for allocation and distribution of grades
If the institution, college, department or program has policies or regulations dealing with the allocation or
distribution of students grades state the policy or regulation, or attach a copy.
2. What processes will be used for verifying standards of achievement (eg check marking of sample of
tests or assignments? Independent assessment by faculty from another institution) (Processes may vary for
different courses or domains of learning. )
Samples of all kind of assessment are available in the departmental course
portfolio of each course
Group marking and group grading is conducted in some courses where the
exam paper of each person is graded by more than one instructor. Faculty
from other institutions are invited to review this grading policy
Conducting standardized exams such as American chemical society exam or
Conducting employers surveys
F Student Administration and Support
1. Student Academic Counselling
Describe arrangements to be made for academic counselling and advice for students, including both
scheduling of faculty office hours and advice on program planning, subject selection and career planning
(which might be available at college level)
Faculty members are assigned advisors a to help students understand the
program requirements and registration process.
Students get some guidance and advice through the university website
Each faculty member posts 6 office hours on his door for students guidance.
Career days are conducted where faculty, administrators and employers are
invited to advise students.
2. Student Appeals
Attach regulations for student appeals on academic matters, including processes for consideration of those
G. Text and Reference Material
1. What process is to be followed by faculty in the program for planning and acquisition of text, reference
and other resource material including electronic and web based resources?
Assigning textbooks through a textbook committee after reviewing the
appropriateness of the material by concerned faculty and approval in the
departmental and higher academic councils
Writing laboratory manuals and some other textbooks by faculty and
reviewing them proficiently before approval
Posting courses on the webCT
2. What processes are to be followed in the program for evaluating the adequacy of book, reference and
other resource provision?
Committees are formed to inspect the current textbook and compare it to the most
recent textbooks in the field. The new book selected will be approved by
departmental and higher academic councils in the university.
Summarize the process of employment of new faculty to ensure that faculty are appropriately qualified
and experienced for their teaching responsibilities.
Distinguished graduates are employed as instructors in the department
then they are given scholarships for MS and Ph.D degrees after that they
are employed as faculty members after verification of their credentials
A departmental faculty application committee inspects the resumes of the
applicants and checks on their experience in teaching.
Applicants are interviewed by senior academic administrators
Presentations on the topics of interest are made in the department and
evaluated by the departmental council
2. Participation in Program Planning, Monitoring and Review
Explain the process for consultation with and involvement of faculty in monitoring program quality,
annual review and planning for improvement
Current programs are reviewed within the divisions of the department
by individual faculty members and the group as a whole.
A departmental committee is formed to look into the recommendations of
various divisions and to make a final proposal
The revised program is discussed in the departmental council before
3. Professional Development
What arrangements are made for professional development of faculty for:
(a) Improvement in skills in teaching?
a. Workshops for various aspects of academic development are
conducted frequently over the academic year
b. Peer consultation in teaching is conducted over the academic year
for the faculty upon their own request.
(b) Other professional development including knowledge of research and developments in their field of
Workshops run be international experts are conducted frequently
throughout the academic year on emerging teaching and learning
Sponsoring grants for research and innovation in teaching and learning
Faculty members attend conferences, workshops and sabbatical leaves to
enhance their knowledge of research in the field of teaching.
4. Preparation of New Faculty
Describe the process used for orientation and/or induction of new, visiting or part time faculty to ensure
full understanding of the program and the role of the course(s) they teach as components within it..
Conducting awareness workshop for the new faculty members
Using a faculty handbook that introduces all university rules and
3. Part Time and Visiting Faculty
Provide a summary of Program/Department/ College/institution policy on appointment of part time and
visiting faculty. (ie. Approvals required, selection process, proportion of total faculty etc.)
Courses relevant to industry are assigned by the departmental council and
Applications are reviewed by a committee of the concerned faculty and the
final selection is approved by the higher university administrators.
The number is limited to only one or two courses per academic year.
I. Program Evaluation and Improvement Processes
1. Effectiveness of Teaching
a. What processes will be used to evaluate and improve the strategies planned for developing learning in
each of the domains of learning? (eg. assessment of learning achieved, advice on consistency with
learning theory for different types of learning, assessment of understanding and skill of faculty in using
Faculty members attend training courses in the teaching and learning
strategies are conducted by specialists
Student Course evaluation
b. What processes will be used for evaluating the skills of faculty in using the planned strategies
Student Course evaluation
2. Overall Program Evaluation
a. What strategies will be used in the program for obtaining assessments of the overall quality of the
program and achievement of its intended learning outcomes:
(i) from current students and graduates of the program?
graduating students surveys and interviews
Establishing an internet open forum to get student feedback
(ii) from independent advisors and/or evaluator(s)?.
self assessment report reviewed by external experts
professional chemical societies assessment
(iii) from employers and/or other stakeholders.
Employment rate and leadership positions
b. What key performance indicators will be used to monitor and report annually on the quality of the
Average score on an overall program quality item on a student survey on
completion of the program (50% response rate required)
Completion rate for students in first year of the program.
Proportion of students who complete the full program in minimum time.
Proportion of students (available for employment) who are employed
within six months of graduation.
Proportion of full time faculty who completed training programs in
teaching or attended conferences during the year.
Number of refereed journal, book or monograph publications during the
year per full time faculty member.
(Add additional KPIs if desired)
c. What processes will be followed for reviewing these assessments and planning action to improve the
Academic departments and colleges and deanship/academic development
center review the recommendations and make plans for implementation
and the follow up of the procedure.
Implementation of recommendations is carried out by faculty members
in the academic departments and assured through the academic colleges
and university academic development body
1. Copies of regulations and other documents referred to in template preceded by a table of contents.
2. Course specifications for all courses including field experience specification if applicable..