THE Taylor’s Curriculum Framework, implemented starting from March 2018, will give school leavers the flexibility of combining their passion with fields of study like business, communications, law, architecture among other areas.
Taylor’s University deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer, Prof Dr Pradeep Nair said that this innovative concept aims to break the conventional, rigid curriculum structure.
“We are moving away from the traditional discipline-centric approach to degrees that are broad-based, flexible and personalised. The change in the curriculum design will then influence the assessment and delivery of our programmes,” Prof Pradeep said.
Through the introduction of the Taylor’s Curriculum Framework, students will be able to co-curate their degree, allowing them to explore different combinations and develop an understanding of modules from across different disciplines.
Students will have the opportunity to customise their degree according to their passions. Their study plan will involve them selecting a primary major and specialising in their respective area of interest.
“This could mean that a student who’s enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) programme can specialise in Marketing or Human Resources or Finance or Banking, and have a minor in Psychology.
“If they feel that they want to go even deeper into Marketing, they can opt to enrol in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) programme, choose to specialise in Marketing, and do an extension in Digital Marketing or Multimedia Studies.
“Alternatively, if they want to study two fields, they can do a Bachelor of Business (Honours), specialise in Marketing, and do a double major in Law. They could opt to do a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Honours), specialising in Advertising and do a minor in Events Management or choose Psychology, which makes for a very powerful combination, to complete their degree,” Prof Pradeep said, adding that the possibilities are limitless.
The flexibility of choice
With this new innovative approach, students can choose a primary major and specialise. The students will also have to do the university core, which focuses on the development of the individual and how they interact with others. Their next step would be to choose to do either five to seven free electives, or package the free electives and do a minor.
“Students will now be able to choose from 21 extensions, 53 minors, 11 second majors and an option of 203 free electives when they enrol with us.
“Free electives mean students can choose one subject from IT, one culinary subject and one psychology subject for example.
“The idea is that students would choose their modules according to their strengths, their career ambition, or their interest,” Prof Pradeep said.
The university of the future
The decision to invoke this change came after taking into account the multiple data sources that highlighted the need for universities to prepare their students with the skills to adapt to different jobs across different sectors.
“We decided to adopt this approach as people, companies and research findings are telling us that the skills needed to survive in the 21st century and beyond are going to be different.
“We have to make sure our degrees provide those skills to our students.
“Students in the future are likely to occupy different jobs, across different sectors.
“So, we need to broaden the scope of what our students learn to be beyond their particular field of study and allow them to build up their ability to learn by themselves,” Prof Pradeep said.
The flexibility of the Taylor’s Curriculum Framework will allow students to go deeper into their area of interest or take up a second major or be good in two fields.
As this decision lies solely in the hands of the students, this will empower the students to make choices on their own, because they feel responsible for their own choices.
It also increases the level of their commitment to what they select to study as part of their degree.
For more information about co-curating your degree with Taylor’s University, visit university.taylors.edu.my.
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