Program: Ocean & Resources Engineering (MS)
Date: Mon Nov 16, 2015 - 12:22:25 pm
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.
1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
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, 2015
3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.
- File (03/16/2020)
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 learning assessment activities between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015?
No (skip to question 16)
6) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015? (Check all that apply.)
Collect/evaluate student work/performance to determine SLO achievement
Collect/analyze student self-reports of SLO achievement via surveys, interviews, or focus groups
Use assessment results to make programmatic decisions (e.g., change course content or pedagogy, design new course, hiring)
Investigate curriculum coherence. This includes investigating how well courses address the SLOs, course sequencing and adequacy, the effect of pre-requisites on learning achievement.
Investigate other pressing issue related to student learning achievement for the program (explain in question 7)
7) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place in the last 18 months.
We completed our 250 page ABET report with all the relevant surveys, panels and analyses. Link to ABET report: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/assessment/2015Uploads/ORE_MS_ABET_2015Report.pdf
8) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 6? (Check all that apply.)
Direct evidence of student learning (student work products)
Assignment/exam/paper completed as part of regular coursework and used for program-level assessment
Capstone work product (e.g., written project or non-thesis paper)
Exam created by an external organization (e.g., professional association for licensure)
Exit exam created by the program
IRB approval of research
Oral performance (oral defense, oral presentation, conference presentation)
Portfolio of student work
Publication or grant proposal
Qualifying exam or comprehensive exam for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation (graduate level only)
Supervisor or employer evaluation of student performance outside the classroom (internship, clinical, practicum)
Thesis or dissertation used for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation
Indirect evidence of student learning
Alumni survey that contains self-reports of SLO achievement
Employer meetings/discussions/survey/interview of student SLO achievement
Interviews or focus groups that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Student reflective writing assignment (essay, journal entry, self-assessment) on their SLO achievement.
Student surveys that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Program evidence related to learning and assessment
(more applicable when the program focused on the use of results or assessment procedure/tools in this reporting period instead of data collection)
Assessment-related such as assessment plan, SLOs, curriculum map, etc.
Program or course materials (syllabi, assignments, requirements, etc.)
9) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
All students submitted evidence as this is required by ABET. This evidence included capstone design projects, Plan B write ups and defenses, Plan A theses and stdent evaluation forms for SLOs for all students.
10) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
11) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
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)
12) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 6. For example, report the percent of students who achieved each SLO.
All of the students achieved the basic SLO's as this is a requirement of ABET for graduate programs. Over 90% of graduates forund engineering jobs- essentially 100% of graduates found good employment.
A new effort is being placed on recruitment as the program has been found to be excellent and could train more people if they were accepted.
13) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)
Course changes (course content, pedagogy, courses offered, new course, pre-requisites, requirements)
Personnel or resource allocation changes
Program policy changes (e.g., admissions requirements, student probation policies, common course evaluation form)
Students' out-of-course experience changes (advising, co-curricular experiences, program website, program handbook, brown-bag lunches, workshops)
Celebration of student success!
Results indicated no action needed because students met expectations
Use is pending (typical reasons: insufficient number of students in population, evidence not evaluated or interpreted yet, faculty discussions continue)
14) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.
The program compiled all the results of the various assessment forums and presented these in the 250 page self study report written for ABET in July 2015. On the basis of the results a new student /faculty form was introduced to further document to the students how they were fulfulling their student learning outcomes. The main outcome for the department is that over 90% of the graduates get jobs in an engineering field. This was acheived
15) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, and great achievements regarding program assessment in this reporting period.
The departmnt is highly ranked internationally and has been sought out by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a institution for further training of it s top personnel.
16) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
The program engaged in extensive assessment activities