Unit: Oceanography
Program: Global Environmental Science (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 02, 2014 - 3:44:37 pm

1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

1. Define and explain the basic principles and concepts of chemistry, physics, biology, calculus, geology, geophysics, meteorology, and oceanography.

(1a. General education, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

2. Apply their understanding of the fundamentals of science and mathematics to the description and quantification of the interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, including humans.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

3. Employ the scientific approach to problem solving, and hypothesis formation and testing.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

4. Conduct scientific research, and analyze and evaluate results.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

5. Demonstrate information literacy by collection and evaluation of scientific literature.

(2a. Think critically and creatively)

6. Express themselves clearly and concisely in written form.

(2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth)

7. Demonstrate skilled delivery of well organized informal and formal oral presentations

(2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3d. Civic participation)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/GES/
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:
Other: In program office (MSB 205D)

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2014:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

All GES graduates gave a public presentation which defended their thesis. Since August 2013, we have had a total of 12 GES graduate from the program. (SLOs targeted: 3, 4, 5, 7)

All GES graduates are also required submit a final thesis paper which covers the research they have been working on with their mentor for the last 1-2 years (SLOs targeted: 6)



7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

Formal public presentation of each student's thesis work

Thesis advisor and Undergraduate Chair's assessment of thesis work

Submission of final thesis paper to the Department for availability to GES faculty and GES students

8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

12 GES students graduated from the Department since June 2013.

9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

The GES program continues to produce highly educated and professional graduates capable of entering the scientific work force. Improvements to be made include assisting our students with finding a research project and mentor early in their academic status to develop an appropriate research topic. The Department is working on compiling a presentation every year to allow GES faculty to present their research projects so our students can easily identify which faculty they would like to contact as a mentor.

12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

New annual presentations of GES faculty presenting their research topics will be provided to the GES students.


A rubric is being developed that will be used by faculty to evaluate student presentations.

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

None at this time

14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.