Unit: Chemistry
Program: Chemistry (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Fri Oct 10, 2014 - 10:24:46 am

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

The program aims to develop scientists capable of performing research at the frontiers of the science in any of the subdisciplines of chemistry. The SLO's for this program are:

a)   complete course work at the frontier of the science;

b)   independently perform a significan piece of original research at the frontiers of the science;

c)   prepare and defend an original research proposal at the frontier of the science;

d)   present background of research and results of original research in an open forum;

e)   publish research results in peer reviewed international journals.

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/index.php?s=Graduate-Program
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:

3) Select one option:

No map submitted.

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.

Over the current reporting period, the Fall semester class for the new graduate students was formally given a course number (CHEM 600). In the first two offerings (Fall 2012, Fall 2013), this course was taught under the umbrella of CHEM 741 (Special Topics).

In addition, the Department Chair and Associate Chair continue their annual meetings with the graduate students ("focus groups"). The Dept. Chair is also the Graduate Chair, and the Associate Chair supervises all TAs (most of Chemistry's graduate students are supported by TAships). We plan to increase the frequency of the meetings, as well as target special needs and issues with smaller groups and other, informal venues.