Unit: Ocean & Resources Engineering
Program: Ocean & Resources Engineering (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Oct 15, 2009 - 3:14:04 pm

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

The graduate program in Ocean and Resources Engineering channels the students’ previous education and work experience to ocean-related engineering careers. Students upon graduating from the program will have:

1.    A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;

2.    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and basic engineering topics that include statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and probability and statistics;

3.    Proficiency in the core program that comprises hydrostatics, oceanography, water waves, fluid-structure interaction, underwater acoustics, laboratory and at-sea experience;

4.    Working knowledge of at least one of the three option areas that include coastal, offshore, and ocean resources engineering;

5.    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and latest engineering tools necessary for ocean and resources engineering practice;

6.    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve ocean and resources engineering problems;

7.    An ability to design and optimize engineering systems to meet the needs of the marine community;

8.    An ability to work independently and function on multi-disciplinary teams;

9.    An appreciation of professional and ethical responsibilities;

10.    An ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences;

11.    An awareness of the latest research and contemporary issues in and beyond the marine community, and;

12.    Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning and continuing professional development.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/OE/ore_courses.htm
Other: ABET Self-Study Report dated July 1, 2009

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2009:

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied


6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

Are the SLOs being met, as this is required for ABET accreditation.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Surveys, theses, reports.

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Analyzed statistically, results presented to ABET.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Half-a-dozen.  Report attached.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

SLOs are being met.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

Results were published in the ABET report.  Discussed at faculty meetings.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

SLOs are being met, measuring process is good.  We are continuing with our published assessment process.

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

Courses are continually updated.  Specific updates are provided in the attached ABET report.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

Simplify the process.  Use much less valuable faculty time.

15) Other Important Information

See attached 237-pg "ABET Self-Study Report for the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering", dated July 1,  2009.

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.


17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.