Unit: Physics & Astronomy
Program: Astronomy (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Wed Nov 08, 2017 - 9:09:10 am

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

1. Acquisition of a broad knowledge of astronomy and familiarity with both observational and theoretical techniques;

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study.)

2. Experience presenting talks reviewing the literature and describing new research.

(2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience.)

3. Experience writing research papers and observing proposals;

(4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

4. Exposure to a variety of advanced and specialized topics in modern astronomy;

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

5. Extensive hands-on research, including supervised research projects undertaken in the first years of graduate school;

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

6. Formulation of an original dissertation research project;

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

7. Public defense of the research before IfA astronomers and other scientists.

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

8. Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.

(3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

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

Department Website URL: gradprog.ifa.hawaii.edu
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: available from students (not online)
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradprog/IfA_graduate_studies_flyer.pdf
UHM Catalog. Page Number: 103
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradprog/graduate_courses.shtml
Other:
Other:

3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2017:

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.

0%
1-50%
51-80%
81-99%
100%

5) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between June 1, 2015 and October 31, 2017?

Yes
No (skip to question 16)

6) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2015 to October 31, 2017? (Check all that apply.)

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7) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place in the last 28 months.

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8) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 6? (Check all that apply.)

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9) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

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

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

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12) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 6. For example, report the percent of students who achieved each SLO.

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13) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)

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14) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.

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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.

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16) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.

There is a cultural/historical resistance to assessment of faculty activities by other faculty at the Institute that I have found hard to overcome.