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Competency-Based Teaching Using Simulation Exercises: Evidence of the University of Cape Coast

  • Tertiary institutions exist to train manpower to solve local, national, and international problems. Products from such institutions should not be a problem to countries as in the case of some Sub-Saharan African countries including Ghana which has a high level of graduate unemployment. Among the causes of the problem is the nature of teaching or the syllabus or the programs students pursue while in such institutions. The paper discusses one of the teaching strategies used to make a course relevant for a program and for the working world. In this course, students are introduced to practice-oriented learning through simulation exercises. The project activities specifically seek to assess the students’ understanding of business formation; examine students’ understanding of sustainability, creativity and innovation of business ideas; assess their understanding of the functional areas of business including marketing & sales, finance, human resource management, operations, and accounting, among others. Feedback from students who have participated indicates the exercise gave much more exposure and meaning to the concepts they learned in class. In this exercise, students build teams, develop a product, learn to set up a business, and design organogram, business vision, mission, and core values. The exercise empowers students to learn by doing. It accords students the opportunity to review their own knowledge and skills with respect to the concepts they have learned in the course. More than 3000 students have participated in this project since its inception in the academic year 2013/2014. It is estimated that 1000 students will participate in this project in the academic year 2017/2018.

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Document Type:Part of a Book
Author:Daniel Agyapong
Parent Title (English):Brautlacht, Agyapong, Owino (Eds.): Handbook of Applied Teaching and Learning
First Page:82
Last Page:88
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2018/09/12
Keyword:Competency-based teaching; University of Cape Coast; simulation exercises
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
In edited collection:Brautlacht, Agyapong, Owino (Eds.): Handbook of Applied Teaching and Learning
Entry in this database:2018/09/12
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-SA - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International