Unit: Ocean & Resources Engineering
Program: Ocean & Resources Engineering (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Fri Oct 10, 2014 - 9:32:23 am

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
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) 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.

The prime assesment question specific to this period was that all graduating students got a position in the filed of engineering

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.

Theis was assessed by employer surveys and student exit interviews as well as ongoing follow-up with program graduates

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

All graduates submitted evidence. We had 100% data . However as the program was small this was only 2 people.

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.

100% of the graduates got positions in the field of engineering  meaning the program was aas successful as it could be.

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

The program is very highly rated . Its graduates at the PhD level are uniformly very successful. Our international advisory committee would like to see more graduates, in other words we are doing a great job but just need to graduate more of the same. One of the main problems hampering Ph.D. studdents is lack of funding. For this reason the Department is trying to identify more sources of funding to support incoming PhD students.

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.

The program is very successful at high levels but lacks a good supply of incoming students. A strong effort is therefore underway to bring more ocean engineering to the undergraduate community. A new course is being designed at the second year level, ORE 202,to remedy this problem. It will be taught for the first time in Spring 2015.

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.

The program did engage in continuous assessment activities throughout the year . Much of this is in preparation for a major review by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). While this review is primarily focused at a master's level , because the department is small most of the findings also apply at the PhD level. The ABET repeort will be fully comprhensive, about 250 pages in length, and will be completed in July 2015. The last time the department was reviewed the results were very successful and the department was congratulated by ABET on its excellent performance.