Pharmacy students’ and supervisors’ perceptions of the effectiveness of assessment rubrics for undergraduate research performance review


  • SookYee Gan International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Subrat Kumar Bhattamisra International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & GITAM School of Pharmacy, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Mohd Zulkefeli International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ket Li Ho International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Assessment rubric, Health profession education, Pharmacy education, Research competence, Research skill


Background: Research experience in pharmacy education fosters critical thinking, communication, and research skills; thus, it is crucial to ensure that research skills are acquired and research outcomes are achieved.

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate students’ and supervisors’ perceptions of the effectiveness of assessment rubrics in measuring and enhancing student research performance.

Methods: Two surveys were administered separately to research supervisors and students to collect information on their perceptions of the effectiveness of assessment rubrics.

Results: Most supervisors agreed that assessment rubrics made scoring easier, accurate, unbiased, and consistent (>72% rated ≥4) and that they helped identify the strengths and weaknesses of their students in research (73.3% rated ≥4). About 80.5% of students ranked the rubrics ≥4, indicating that rubrics motivated them to improve their research performance. Essentially, the effective use of assessment rubrics to improve research performance would depend on students’ attitudes towards self-regulation and supervisors’ commitment to project supervision.

Author Biographies

SookYee Gan, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Associate Professor, Life Sciences Department, School of Pharmacy

Subrat Kumar Bhattamisra, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & GITAM School of Pharmacy, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Department of Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mohd Zulkefeli, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy

Ket Li Ho, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Department of Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy


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How to Cite

Gan, S., Bhattamisra, S. K., Mohd Zulkefeli, & Ho, K. L. (2023). Pharmacy students’ and supervisors’ perceptions of the effectiveness of assessment rubrics for undergraduate research performance review. Pharmacy Education, 23(1), p. 193–204.



Research Article