What educational model is applied at the UdA (University of Andorra)?
The UdA’s educational model is based on competencies.
It is based on the study and assessment of the specific and cross-cutting competencies of each syllabus and those of the university, incorporating the distinctive elements of each qualification.
The cross-cutting competencies acquired by the students include languages, the competencies for a democratic culture and the values stemming from the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
What do we mean by competencies at the UdA?
Competencies are regarded as an action or intervention that integrates and mobilises an organised set of contents (facts, concepts, procedures, attitudes and values) to successfully resolve the challenges of the profession.
The educational model relies on the definition of the competency profile of each profession upon the basis of which the competencies are defined.
How are the competencies developed?
The competency is specified in learning outcomes, which are declarations regarding what the student is expected to be able to do, understand and/or demonstrate once a learning process has been completed.
The learning outcomes have three tiers:
- Tier 1: Knowledge, understanding (identifying, recognising, associating, differentiating, describing, etc.)
- Tier 2: Application (applying, calculating, developing, etc.)
- Tier 3: Analysis, synthesis and assessment (analysing, organising, modelling, interpreting, creating, designing, planning, etc.)
When are the competencies developed?
Every semester, from beginning to end. The learning outcomes are associated with each semester and are progressive throughout the degree.
- In the first year most of the tier-1 learning outcomes are completed and the tier-2 ones are begun.
- In the second year most of the tier-2 learning outcomes are completed and the tier-3 ones are begun.
- In the third year the tier-3 learning outcomes are consolidated.
How does the registration work?
The registration takes place every six months and incorporates modules. The syllabus is made up of different modules.
- Each module may have 10, 15 or 30 European credits.
- The modules may be parallel or sequential, depending on the studies, and may be on-campus or online.
What is there in each module?
Each module contains:
- Proposal of a challenge
- At the beginning of the module a challenge that the students must resolve is set.
- The challenge presents a situation that is inter-disciplinary (different areas of knowledge), real, relevant and linked to the professional environment.
- The seminars group together the contents (facts, concepts, procedures, attitudes and values) that students must acquire, consolidate and be able to mobilize in order to satisfactorily develop each competency. They have the learning outcomes as a reference.
- Guided work
- The guided work consists of sessions during which the lecturer guides the students in resolving a challenge, helping them to integrate the contents of the seminars.
- Individual work
- Personal work involves the study each student must devote to achieving the milestones that have been set.
- The resolution of the challenge
- Upon completing the module students will have to set out the solution they propose to resolve the challenge.
- The solutions must be creative, viable and justified by the students.
How does the assessment work?
The assessment is continuous and final and depends on the seminars, the guided work and the resolution of the challenge.
- Each of the seminars receives a mark and they must be passed in order to move on to the resolution of the challenge.
- During the guided work the lecturers carry out continuous assessment and provide information to the students on the progress of their work. This assessment is not binding but it provides highly valuable information on how the challenge resolution is being focused and it enables students to redirect their work.
- The resolution of the challenge receives the final assessment.
Where can the marks be viewed?
The marks can be viewed in the academic record and in the diploma supplement.
- During their degree course students can view their records in the Academic Management, where they can see:
- The marks they obtain in each learning outcome.
- The marks of each module (the arithmetic average of the learning outcomes of each module).
- The marks for each competency (the weighted average of the learning outcomes of each competency).
- On completing their degrees, students receive the Diploma Supplement, the document that accompanies all State university diplomas adapted to the EHEA (bachelor’s and master’s degrees), with information on the marks of each module and each competency.