About the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ)

The Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) gathers data about coursework graduates' perceptions of their higher education experience. The Quality and Analytics Group is responsible for administering and reporting the Course Experience Questionnaire, which until recently was incorporated within the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS).

From 2016, the AGS is superseded by the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS), to be administered externally by the Social Research Centre as part of the Department of Education’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) suite of surveys. The CEQ is retained in the 2016 GOS.


The Course Experience Questionnaire asks graduates to indicate the extent to which they agree, or disagree, with statements, using a five-point scale where '1' represents strong disagreement and '5' indicates strong agreement. The University of Sydney collects data for the two key scales of the CEQ, along with a single overall satisfaction item.

Good Teaching Scale (GTS) - six items
3. The teaching staff of this course motivated me to do my best work.
7. The staff put a lot of time into commenting on my work.
15. The staff made a real effort to understand difficulties I might be having with my work
17. The teaching staff normally gave me helpful feedback on how I was going.
18. My lecturers were extremely good at explaining things.
20. The teaching staff worked hard to make their subjects interesting.

The Good Teaching Scale is characterised by practices such as providing students with feedback on their progress, explaining things, making the course interesting, motivating students, and understanding students' problems. There is a body of research linking these practices to learning outcomes. High scores on the Good Teaching Scale are associated with the perception that these practices are present. Lower scores reflect a perception that these practices occur less frequently.

The Generic Skills Scale (GSS) - six items
2. The course developed my problem-solving skills.
5. The course sharpened my analytic skills.
9. The course helped me develop my ability to work as a team member.
10. As a result of my course, I feel confident about tackling unfamiliar problems.
11. The course improved my skills in written communication.
22. My course helped me to develop the ability to plan my own work.

The Generic Skills Scale is an attempt to take into account the extent to which university courses add to the generic skills that their graduates might be expected to possess. Discipline-specific skills and knowledge are often crucial to prospects for employment and further study. Nevertheless, the emphasis on generic skills stems from the belief that knowledge quickly becomes obsolete, and generic skills that may have been acquired in the learning process should endure and be applicable in a broader context. Skills typically identified in this context include communication skills, the capacity to learn new skills and procedures, the capacity to make decisions and solve problems, the ability to apply knowledge to the workplace, and the capacity to work with minimum supervision.

The Overall Satisfaction Item (OSI)
25. Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course.

This single item asks graduates about their overall level of satisfaction with their degree course.


If you have any questions about the PREQ please contact the QA Group Surveys Team.