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The Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PgDip (HETL)) programme in UNIMAS aims to produce competent and inspiring tertiary educators who are well-equipped with contemporary and advanced knowledge and skills in teaching and learning as to enable them to function effectively in a variety of learning environments. This programme focuses on developing its students’ capabilities to enhance teaching and learning via scientific and problem-solving skills; employ various transformative teaching and learning delivery and alternative assessment methods in support of Industrial Revolution 4.0; conduct critical reflection and analysis as scholarly practices as well as use and create technological solutions and/or innovations to enhance teaching and learning processes.

The Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia (CALM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is the first university that offers such a programme in Sarawak. Historically, this programme has been provided internally to UNIMAS academics since 2003. To date (as of September 2018), the programme has produced 449 graduates and received numerous glowing testimonials from our alumni. The programme welcomes its first intake of students (applicants outside of UNIMAS) starting from September 2019.

Who Should Apply

  • College / Polytechnic / Institute / University lecturers
  • Working adults who are interested in pursuing careers in higher education
  • Education officers and administrators
  • Fresh graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds who are keen to pursue a career in higher education and training

Programme Duration

The programme intake is in September, and the programme can be completed within ONE (1) year (minimum):

  • Full Time: 1-2 year(s)
  • Part Time: 2-3 year(s)

Programme Schedule

Teaching and learning activities for this programme are conducted during weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).

  • Registration for New Students: Aug 26-Sept 8, 2019
  • First Week of Teaching and Learning Session: Sept 14, 2019

Programme Educational Outcome (PEO)

  • Use knowledge and skills that enable them to work effectively in a range of educational settings;
  • Foster informed insights, awareness of, interest in and commitment to the aims and values inherent in the theory and practice of education, in various contexts within the educational settings;
  • Commit to raise standards of education and use problem solving and scientific skills to implement the curriculum relevant to the needs of learners in particular educational settings;
  • Demonstrate a capacity for reflection and critical analysis of scholar teacher's own practice and, anticipate and use innovation for continuing professional development; and
  • Continuously and incrementally develop general knowledge and diverse individual talents and their fullest potentialities.

Programme Learning Outcome (PLO)

  • Demonstrate the uses of knowledge and skills which enable them to work effectively in a range of educational settings;
  • Foster the development of informed insights into the cultural, social, political, economic and religious contexts within which schooling takes place;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of, interest in and commitment to the aims and values inherent in the theories and practices of education;
  • Commit to raising standards of education and improving student progress;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to use problem solving and scientific skills in implementing the curriculum relevant to the needs of learners in any educational settings;
  • Demonstrate a capacity for reflection and critical analysis of their own practice and for their own continuing professional development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the changing world and foster the development of professional mind-sets which can objectively weigh, make decisions, anticipate and accommodate innovation;
  • Continuously and incrementally develop encyclopedic general knowledge and diverse talents, and potentialities;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in an entrepreneurial mind-sets by developing commercialisable technology-based learning environments;
  • Develop expertise in teaching, coaching and mentoring and build credibility to become role models in appropriate educational contexts; and
  • Be actively engaged in contributions to community development through professional organizations or other voluntary organizations.

Programme Structure

The PgDip (HETL) programme comprises of eight courses, all of which amounting to 32 credits (4 credits per course). Students will be assessed using various forms of assessments. However, no written final examination is included. The curriculum is a combination of coursework and practicum.

Entry Requirements

For admission into the programme, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent from institutions approved by UNIMAS Senate
  • OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent but CGPA less than 2.50 may be admitted subject to a minimum of five years’ working experience in the relevant field
  • AND
  • For international students, an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent (i.e., TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test-196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70) is required, in addition to the entry requirements stated above

Facilities and Resources

The university provides various facilities and resources to support your study:

  • Centre for Academic Information Services (CAIS)
  • Collaborative Learning Spaces
  • e-Learning Enrichment and Advancement Platform (eLEAP)
  • Production Studios (MOOC Studio & i-Studio)
  • Computing Facilities
  • Residential Colleges

Course Fees

  • Malaysian student: RM 14,300.00
  • International student: RM 23,444.00

Fees include administrative, tuition, and course materials for the duration of the programme. Further payment will be required if students extend their studies.

For Further Information

You can visit us at our webpage at www.calm.unimas.my/pgdip. You can email us at pgdip@unimas.my.

Contact Us
Dr Agatha Lamentan Muda
PgDip (HETL) Programme Coordinator
Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
94300 Kota Samarahan
Sarawak, Malaysia
Tel: +(60-82) 581531 / 583701 / 583680
Fax: +(60-82) 583676

Mrs. Siti Lydiawati Sahmat
Senior Assistant Registrar
Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
94300 Kota Samarahan
Sarawak, Malaysia
Tel: +(60-82) 583699
Fax: +(60-82) 583676

Mrs. Siti Rogayah Taibi
PgDip (HETL) Senior Administrative Assistant
Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
94300 Kota Samarahan
Sarawak, Malaysia
Tel: +(60-82) 583682
Fax: +(60-82) 583676

Ten Reasons For Choosing This Programme

1. Accredited by MQA and MOE
2. Delivery via the blended learning approach
3. Employs alternative assessments such as project-based, practicum, and non-exam-based
4. Incorporates transformative teaching and learning delivery
5. Conducive teaching and learning facilities that support collaborative learning
6. Flexible mode of study: full time and part time options are available
7. Conducted by a group of highly qualified and experienced scholars
8. Provides know-how in facilitating learning
9. Provides knowledge in enhancing student learning via systematic inquiry
10. A well-structured and comprehensive programme focusing on significant teaching and learning aspects in higher education

Interested candidates are welcomed to apply online via http://www.postgrad.unimas.my or directly visit the UNIMAS website for Online Application for Graduate Studies at https://cgsweb.unimas.my/PGApplication

Postgraduate Diploma in T&L

This publication contains information, which is current as of February 2020. Changes in circumstances after this date may impact upon the accuracy of the information. UNIMAS and CALM do their best to ensure that the information herein is accurate but reserves the right to change any information here without notice. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

Alumni’s Reflections and Testimonials

“In a nutshell, it was a privilege to attend the PgDip in Teaching and Learning. Yes, it did contribute to the mounting responsibilities of an academic, but in the end, it was worthwhile. Keeping an open mind toward the many models, concepts, approach, and recommendations encountered throughout the programme surely help to make the sessions less daunting and more enjoyable! Most importantly, I learnt about myself as an educator through the ‘many’ reflections throughout the learning modules. PgDip in T&L has provided me with the tools and knowledge to benchmark my teaching methods to the recommended practices so that I can continuously improve to be a better facilitator of students’ learning process.”
~Dr Shirley Johnathan Tanjong
(Faculty of Engineering)

“PgDip is a good platform for me to enhance my skills and practices related to teaching and learning. To me, PgDip has given a strong foundation to me because the subjects offered are current and up to date. I feel that my self-efficacy and confidence is now increasing due to the processes that I had gone through in PgDip classes. I am passionate to apply theories and techniques that I have learned to ensure the smooth sailing in my class. I make use of creative ways to cater to the needs of my students like playing games, getting students to do outdoor activities, and try to apply problem-based learning approaches.”
~Mr Mohamad Azhari Abu Bakar
(Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development)

“The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning has changed my personal view on teaching and learning. In fact, it had made me realise the importance of student-centred learning activities in our daily lectures. In addition, it has also helped me to develop the essential knowledge and professional skills required for teaching at university. Therefore, I would like to recommend all lecturers to take advantage and enrol into the programme which also increases our self-confidence.”
~Ms Farhana Ismail
(Faculty of Economics and Business)

“In order to go in line with the demands, educators nowadays have to be equipped with both the subject knowledge and the “know-how” to deliver his or her subject knowledge. Both are equally important as they complement each other—without one, great learning can never be achieved. One can learn the subject knowledge after years of study. But when it comes to teaching, the educator has to undergo a thorough makeover via formal training and most importantly experience the teaching by him or herself. This is where PgDip plays its roles. It provides an opportunity for young academicians like me to learn and experience the “know-how” in a real classroom setting.”
~Mr Yow Chong Lee
(Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts)

“It’s indeed an excellent training for us as academicians. It helps me to become a better and more effective lecturer in UNIMAS.”
~Dr Wong Swee Kiong
(Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities)

“My learning and teaching in UNIMAS have significantly been enhanced and transformed as a result of joining the PgDip programme. Thank you to all staff and instructors of the programme.”
~Dr Lesley Maurice Bilung
(Faculty of Resource Science and Technology)

“As a young lecturer, the programme has helped me become a better lecturer through exposure to effective delivery, different techniques, understanding my audiences (students) as well as exposure to appropriate applications of learning theories at the university level. Topics on instructional design and counselling have opened my mind about becoming a good supervisor and a good mentor. Also, the module on the assessment of learning helped me in test design through reliability and item analysis. I believe PgDip has brought a lot of benefits to all teaching staff in UNIMAS.”
~Dr Kuryati Kipli
(Faculty of Engineering)

“I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to attend the UNIMAS PGDip programme. I've gained some invaluable knowledge and skills particularly in preparing the examination questions. Evaluation of students' performance must be valid and can be measured to produce good quality graduates in the future. I personally think that all lecturers regardless of their age or background should attend this properly planned programme. Let's make learning fun and memorable!”
~Dr Lee Kui Soon
(Faculty of Resource Science and Technology)

“The Postgraduate Diploma course at UNIMAS was thorough as it covers curriculum and instructional designs to the technology used in teaching and learning. The teaching practice has allowed me to reflect on my teaching skills and improve myself. The instructors of this course are very professional, supportive, friendly, and always willing to help. I feel that the assignments, presentations, and examinations are quite rigorous, demanding, and time-consuming since I have to juggle my time with other commitment. However, these activities provide excellent reinforcement of the materials presented in the lectures. Finally, this course has provided me with a great understanding of educational principle and practices, and I benefit a lot from it.”
~A.P. Dr Zunika Amit
(Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

“Even though I have been in the education field for some time, I have learned a lot of new things from this programme. Apart from providing me with the time and opportunity to self-assess my knowledge and practice[s] in teaching and learning, it also assists me to become a better teacher and a better learner.”
~Dr Rokiah Paee
(Faculty of Language and Communication)

“I am honoured to complete all 8 courses in PgDip (HETL) programme. I am now able to apply many known best practices in teaching and learning to my own teaching and learning process, particularly in terms of my lesson delivery. Most students feel so excited when it comes to student-centred learning activities. I used Web 2.0 tools (e.g. Padlet, AnswerGarden, Powtoon, Kahoot!) to provide interactive teaching and form more interesting brainstorming sessions. I often end my teaching and learning session with trigger questions for students to ponder and encourage the creation of innovative ideas. Truly, PgDip (HETL) is a holistic programme that provides not just the theories in teaching and learning but also ample opportunities to put these theories into practice. Thank you to all the instructors, CALM, and UNIMAS.”
~Dr Nur Fatihah Abdullah Bandar
(Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development)

“PgDip (HETL) has strengthened my knowledge of learning and pedagogy. Through various courses, I have gained invaluable knowledge and skills, particularly on designing teaching and learning materials and using reflective thinking when designing a meaningful course or lesson plan. Other than that, we were introduced to action research in which we integrate teaching, learning, and research with the intent to improve teaching and learning. Indeed, this comprehensive and insightful programme has prepared me with the relevant knowledge and skills to improve my university teaching experiences.”
~Mdm Wan Nurainie Wan Ismail
(Faculty of Resource Science and Technology)

“PgDip exposed me to different experiences that lecturers faced in teaching especially when interacting with internal and external customers. In the course, teaching was explained as a systematic approach where it should be aligned with students’ development (i.e., psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains). Additionally, the course enhanced my love for teaching and education.”
~Dr Salawati Sahari
(Faculty of Economics and Business)

“Switching from working with industry to teaching gives me the advantage to teach students how the concepts taught in a subject can be applied to industries. However, such knowledge and experiences are insufficient. PgDip (HETL) programme is needed to develop, improve, and strengthen my teaching competencies and abilities to relay my theoretical knowledge and industry experience to my target groups in an effective manner. PgDip (HETL) has increased my awareness of different teaching methods and communication techniques. During the programme, I produced a teaching portfolio and a tool for self-reflection, employed IT as teaching tools, exposed to various examination and evaluation techniques as well as current issues such as the relationship between research and teaching. Towards the end, I experienced a supervised teaching practicum that provides me with the opportunity to apply theories and classroom management skills in actual teaching and learning environments. Combining my work experiences and PgDip (HETL) programme, I am now equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the learning demands of the 21st-century learners.”
~Mdm Nazaria Md. Aris
(Faculty of Economics and Business)

"PgDip course has helped me to improve my pedagogical knowledge and skills. From preparing lesson plans, I am applying various teaching methods and strategies, developing teaching activities, using another medium of instructions instead of Microsoft PowerPoint, capturing and retaining students’ attention, making teaching and learning more fun, and practising student-centred learning. These are the skills I have acquired from the course. I found that this course is an avenue where lecturers can beef up their teaching skills so that the students will be able to benefit from the sessions."
~Mdm Dayang Asmah Awang Hamdan
(Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities)

“As someone who has no experience in teaching, this course came to the rescue. I learnt a lot from a well-structured program that was offered in this course, especially on how to facilitate and enhance students’ learning experience. Besides, the assignments given was so meaningful that I can relate and apply it right away in my teaching and learning. It was indeed such a proud moment for me to finish my Postgraduate in Teaching and Learning. Now I feel the confidence to call myself as an educator.”
~Mdm Syaryfah Fazidawaty Wan Busrah
(Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts)

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