Course Innovations

Beginning with those enrolling in the academic year of 2008, students are required to take at least 12 credit hours of General Education courses. There are three disciplines within General Education – Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. The courses are categorized into Core Course and Extended Course under each discipline. To meet the graduation requirements, students are required to take at least one 2- credit-hour course in each category of each of the disciplines.

General Education Elective Courses => 
2016~2017 Taipei         2016~2017  Taoyuan        2016~2017  Kinmen

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Course Framework Note:

  1. Students who entered in and since the 2008-09 academic year need to complete at least 12 General Education course credits. General Education courses are divided into three areas: Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science. Each area is divided into two subcategories: core and extended. Students need to take 1 two-credit course in both of the subcategories within each area to be eligible for graduation. Only 12 course credits will be counted toward graduation. Additional course credits earned in General Education courses are not counted toward graduation.
  2. First-year undergraduate students (including first-year returning students) who entered in 2008-09 academic year need to complete Service Learning to be eligible for graduation. Students can select either course-based or recognition-based Service Learning and need to complete at least 16 hours of service learning, 2 hours of on-campus service learning-related seminar, 2 reflection reports, and attend 1 Reflection Activity or Achievement Presentation.
  3. The newly added elective courses (Introduction to Music Art、Introduction to Photography Art、Intellectual property and social development、Introduction to green energy technology) in this academic year can be applied retroactively to students who entered from 98 academic year.
  4. The requirements of the Information Technology are as follows (Exact software version will depend on the system used in the current academic year.):
    (1)   English typing speed: 15 words/min or above (Practical level of the Techficiency Quotient Certification (TQC))
    (2)   TQC Practical level or above of Excel 2007 (or equivalent standard with other Information Technology Certificate)
    (3)   TQC Practical level or above of Word 2007 or PPT 2007 (select 1) (or equivalent standard with other Information Technology Certificate)
    (4)For students who have not earned the above certificates to certify meeting the Information Technology graduation requirements, the School of Information Technology will offer a two-credit course of Applied Information Technology in the summer. After completing the course and obtaining a passing grade, students will then be eligible for graduation.
  5. If students have not earned the equivalent of a B1 level English Certificate in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) set by the Ministry of Education (defined by this University as: scoring 600 on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) or passing the Intermediate level of the second-round examination of the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), etc.), they are required to take the single-semester zero-credit courses of Applied English for Workplace I and Applied English for Workplace II. After completing the courses and obtaining a passing grade, they will be eligible for graduation.
  6. In accordance with the General Provisions for Study, undergraduate students need to satisfactorily complete Service Learning, meet the university-wide basic competencies of English, Information Technology, Chinese, and Sports, and pass the core competencies of their department to be eligible for graduation.

Keys for Innovation for each Course with well-designed 4 components:
‧Curriculum Plan
‧Teaching Goal
‧Teaching Content
‧Teaching Method

21st Century American General Education Goals
‧All students are intentional learners with the following basic skills:
Four Basic Skills
1.Adaptable to new environments
2.Able to combine knowledge from diverse sources
3.Able to be lifelong learners
4.Able to grow well in the complex world

American College and University Standard
‧Universities in the 21st century should promote
    finding solutions to social problems by teaching students to impact themselves and society by applying the knowledge     and learning from their courses.
‧General Education should arrange a curriculum which allows students to experience study, practice, service-learning or     integrated learning.

New Curriculum and Design of General Education
‧The course design at Center for General Education is based on Problem-solving Based Learning (PBL)and Action-Base Learning (ABL) to achieve goals.

Taiwan General Education Innovation
‧To keep up with social trends and needs, Taiwan General Education also emphasizes the learning process of     Problem-solving Orientation and the learning style of Action Orientation. Our new General Education Plan strengthens     both.

General Education Goals Announced by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan
‧General Education goals are to cultivate students with abilities in analysis, critical thinking, ethics, communication, practical wisdom and social responsibility. General Education will become a core field for Problem- and Action-oriented learning, the foundation of problem-solving and inspiration for correct behavior.

‧Based upon the General Education Goals from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, We believe:
Universities in the 21st century should promote finding solutions to social problems. To meet this critical challenge, general education should teach students to impact on society by applying the knowledge and learning from their General Education courses. Therefore, the General Education at MCU should arrange a curriculum which allows students to experience study, practice, service-learning or integrated learning. Students at MCU are required to take at least 12 credit hours from General Education courses since Fall Semester, 2008. Three disciplines in the innovative curriculum at General Education are Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Each of disciplines is categorized into Core Courses and Extended Courses. To meet the graduation requirements, students are required to take at least one 2- credit-hour course in each category of each of the disciplines.

General Education Innovation at MCU
‧To keep up with social trends and needs, General Education at MCU also focuses the learning process of Problem-solving and strengths the active learning style in General Education at MCU.

Experience Education is the Key
‧Problem solving- and Action-oriented learning are important goals for our General Education.

Fit the Global Trend
‧The re-engineered General Education Curriculum had been refined  in 2008-9 Academic Year. It includes three categories: Humanities, Society, and Science. Each category is further divided into Core and Extended Courses. All students are required to complete at least 1 core and 1 extended course of 2-credit hours in each category.

General Education Goals
‧Reinforce Basic Competencies
‧Strengthen Critical Thinking and Innovation
‧Cultivate Appreciation for the Humanities
‧Nurture Outstanding Citizens

General Education Core Competencies

  1. Ability in multiple languages, cultures and communication
  2. Ability to manipulate technology information
  3. Ability to think independently, critically and creatively
  4. Ability to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and take an action
  5. Literacy to develop humanistic mindset
  6. Literacy to cultivate citizenship
  7. Literacy to care for the environment

The theme of the Curriculum Design
‧The new curriculum framework is designed to promote PBL and ABL

Promotion of Teaching with Strategies
‧Hold General Education workshop for all faculty
‧Develop relevant courses as a modeling
‧Share experience through teaching demos
‧Assist the faculty to proceed with guided discussion with teaching assistants
‧Enhance students’ learning with rewarding for students’ having outstanding work.
‧Build up students’ confidence and inspire their creativity.

Curriculum Design
‧Besides retaining the principles of core competencies and proportional course selection, the new curriculum framework     design promotes problem- and action-oriented learning as its goals.

Students as the Focus of Teaching
‧Student-centered pedagogy on PBL and ABL are different than those lecturing-centered pedagogies because it focuses on students and places high value on students’ learning experience. This kind of course orientation aims to cultivate lifelong learning, critical thinking, and innovation, societal participation, care for people, and cherishing of nature.

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