Unit: Atmospheric Sciences
Program: Meteorology (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Tue Sep 22, 2009 - 1:34:39 pm

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

1. Apply physical principles to explain thermal structure of the atmosphere.

2. Describe atmospheric circulations.

3. Develop and explain a forecast in the short to medium (time) range.

4. Know the design and use of instrumentation, computer software, and data interpretation methods in atmospheric studies.

5. Ba able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, oral and computer-based forms of communication.

6. Be adaptable to new avenues of scientific inquiry which offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs for atmospheric studies.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/MET/met-outcomes.htmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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: NA

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

The faculty have only recently agreed to implement the plan of using MET 412 and 416 as capstone courses. These courses address SLO's 2-5. The assessment process will involve a faculty committee aided by operational National Weather Service forecasters from the Honolulu Forecast Office ( in the HIG Building). The committee will attend and evaluate a complete weather briefing prepared and presented by each student. This exercise requires the student to incorporate the accumulated knowledge and skills developed through their coursework. The scope exceeds the actual workload of an operational forecaster. The briefing includes oral presentations, use of computer graphics, analysis of basic physics and the response to questions from other experts.

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

The goal is to assess overall integration of the preparatory coursework and application to a real world problem.. the daily forecast. A proper forecast briefing incorporates all aspects of the scientific method as well as communication skills.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Evidence will be written evaluations by the outside panel.

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

To be done in the future.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

N/A to be done .

10) Summarize the Actual Results

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

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

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

15) Other Important Information

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.