1 Comenius University in Bratislava, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin (SLOVAKIA)
2 University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Faculty of Mass Media Communication (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN19 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 6439-6447
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1538
Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain
The purpose of this study is to report on the student satisfaction with teaching quality for the subject of Microbiology at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Jessenius Faculty of Medicine Comenius University (JFM CU) in Martin. A survey questionnaire was designed and used to gather relevant information and data for analysis from amongst the 3rd year Slovak students of General Medicine and Dentistry as well as from the 2nd year Slovak students of Public Health and finally 1st year Slovak students of Nursing and Midwifery, who had already completed the course of Microbiology in the winter term of 2018/2019. Once quantitative data were collected, statistical analysis was carried out to draw the crucial inferences from the students' assessments and determine which aspects of teaching Microbiology were found to be the most important for the students on one side, and which were insufficient on the other side. The results of the analysis have identified some problem areas and will serve as a “guideline” for teaching lab practical sessions in General and Special Microbiology in the future.

The satisfaction-targeted questionnaire, compiled at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at JFM CU, was distributed among the students of General Medicine and Dentistry and the students of non-medical programmes of Public Health, Nursing and Midwifery in the period from December 2018 to February 2019. Out of 153 questionnaires, 118 completed questionnaires were received back and used for the analysis.

The primary goal of the study was to obtain comprehensive student feedback on the quality of teaching process in General and Special Microbiology theoretical and lab practical sessions. The following areas and aspects of teaching were assessed:
1) preferable study materials (printed textbooks form or e-textbooks);
2) a modernity of technical equipment in the labs;
3) a preferable form of teaching and studying the subject;
4) acquiring practical skills in Microbiology;
5) effectiveness of lab practical sessions;
6) satisfaction and proposals for further improvement.

The evaluation of the course feedback survey has helped to reveal and foster those aspects of teaching, which were assessed as highly positive:
1) study materials (90.9%) and most of all the e-textbooks (91.8%);
2) enough attention and time paid to lab practical sessions in Bacteriology (55.1%);
3) satisfaction with training of the diagnostic procedures of Staining (95.9%) and Cultivation (64.3%).

At the same time, the analysis has pointed out the following limitations in teaching of Microbiology:
1) not enough attention and time paid to lab practical sessions in Parasitology (56.1%), Mycology (64.3%) and Virology (63.3%);
2) insufficient use of the guiding video-presentations with the subsequent practical implementation (88.8%).

Finally, we can conclude that the outcomes of the student feedback survey are essential for improving teaching forms and techniques as well as students’ engagement in lab practicals for the future.
Quality of teaching process, Microbiology, lab practical sessions, student feedback.