English Department Alumni's Perception on Thesis Program

Tamah, Siti Mina and I.G., Rosalia (2004) English Department Alumni's Perception on Thesis Program. Working Paper (Laporan Penelitian Laboratorium). Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya.

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Abstract

Since 1999 the English Department of Widya Mandala University has given the chance to the students to choose either thesis or non-thesis program. However, the feedback of this thesis and non-thesis program application has never been evaluated formally. This study was then conducted to depict the alumni’s perception on non-thesis program. It was more particularly expected to reveal the advantages as well as the disadvantages the alumni think they get from taking non-thesis program. A descriptive study was employed to answer the research questions. The samples of this study were 299 students who graduated by taking non-thesis program. More specifically, they were the ones who graduated from the English Department of Widya Mandala Surabaya in 2000 - 2003. To obtain the data, the writers designed a set of questionnaire which was tried out twice. Two types of questions – open and closed ones – were formulated in such a way to make the alumni reveal their perception on non-thesis program. All together there were 15 questions. The questionnaires were then sent to the respective respondents by post and by the university courier. They were sent to the respondents’ home addresses and some to their office addresses. The return envelope with the stamp stuck on it was also sent to each respondent. 39.62% returned questionnaires were collected and analysed. Globally the analysis of the data obtained from the respondents’ answers suggests that the alumni hold positive attitude toward non-thesis program. The majority perceive ‘on time graduation’ as the advantage they get. The alumni are determined to say they finish their study more quickly. Another advantage perceived is related to substitute subjects. The substitute subjects are deemed to be useful thus advantageous. The other two advantages are related to ‘easy graduation’ and ‘quick as well as efficient graduation’. The alumni indicate that they get the benefit of finalizing their study more easily and also more quickly and more efficiently – saving time and money. Analysis of the data suggests that throughout the respondents’ answers, only a small percentage of alumni indicates the disadvantages. The data analysis concerning the perception on non-thesis graduates show that one might be considered a low achiever or a lazy one because of taking non-thesis program. This disadvantage is reported by merely 3.88% respondents. Being deprived of learning or getting more is another disadvantage the alumni get. Similarly, the answer to this particular research question is revealed by the minority - only 4.04% respondents.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper (Laporan Penelitian Laboratorium))
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Research Report
Depositing User: Ms M.N. Siti Mina Tamah
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 02:46
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 02:46
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/12442

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