Unit: Information & Computer Science
Program: Computer Science (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Tue Nov 17, 2009 - 2:41:09 pm

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

The PhD program prepares students for research, teaching in higher education and service.  This program gives students the opportunity to expand and develop the body of theoretical and empirical knowledge in computer science through deep and meaningful research endeavors.  Students in this program receive advanced training in the scientific principles and technology required to new computer systems and applications.

1.      Student Learning Outcomes

Student will be able to:

a.       Curriculum:

1.      Use current technology concepts and practices in software development as it relates to their specific field of interest;

2.      Manage all aspects of solving computer-based problems involving requirements analysis, design, implementation, and project management;

3.      Participate in collaborative team orientated activities;

4.      Communicate effectively using modern technologies that require oral, written and web media;

5.      Obtain an advanced technical education on that is provided by the Master’s program.

b.      Research

1.      Student and faculty engage in research that responds to community information needs and their program of study.

2.      Students engage in research under faculty mentorship.

3.      Students present their research.

4.      Students achieve recognition for the quality of their research through receipt of awards.

c.       Service

1.      Graduates will take on a variety of leadership roles in high technology, from research and development to starting up new high tech companies.

d.      Teaching

1.      Be able to teach and direct research projects higher education

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL:
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) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

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

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

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Assessment of student progress is accomplished through:

a.       Written examinations assess student progress in understanding, integrating and applying theoretical and technical knowledge and skills through objective tests, essays, short responses and problem solving tasks.

b.      Individual projects, research papers and user studies assess student progress in determining an appropriate focus and depth for study, obtaining relevant published information, synthesizing published research in a literature review, designing a research study, analyzing data, making logical conclusions from the findings, and writing a publishable article.

c.       Internships, practica and fieldwork components assess student progress in applying knowledge and skills in professional settings, working collaboratively on the job, being supervised, and learning procedures and skills. Professional librarians administer evaluations of work in internship and practica settings.

d.      Group projects assess student progress in collaborative work skills, project management abilities and achieving client/customer satisfaction.

e.       Portfolios are used to assess student progress within a particular course.

f.       Exit surveys assess how graduates perceive their preparation in the Program.

g.      Oral examinations assess student abilities in professional discourse and communication, including synthesis of pertinent information, interviewing skills, sufficient content preparation to respond to ad hoc queries and the presentation of the professional self.

h.      Oral presentations assess student abilities in professional discourse and communication, including synthesis of pertinent information, appropriate media presentation of pertinent information, sufficient content preparation to respond to ad hoc queries, the presentation of the professional self and collaborative work.

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

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

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

From the data currently collected, the ICS faculty reviews the results to make informed decisions concerning the curriculum and administration of the program.  These reviews have resulted in changes to the curriculum and administration of the program in the following areas:

a.       The data collected is used to advise, and counsel students in addressing their academic and career concerns.

b.      The ICS program is constantly developing new topics advising to enable students to select specified courses in their particular areas of interest.  This allows the student to establish a subject emphasis in their preparation toward their Master’s research project.

c.       The Department has made administrative changes recently and hired a Faculty Specialist who will work on both the ICS and LIS programs to address student issues such as student data management (creating a database to integrate all relevant student information including survey data, advising, courses taken, background, track, alumni status and directory information, etc.).  This position will provide the support needed to better advise students and track assessment.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

15) Other Important Information

The Information and Computer Sciences Assessment Committee is currently working on assessment plans for the Bachelor of Arts in Information and Computer Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in Information and Computer Sciences w/ and IT focus, and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  Once the assessment plan is complete, the committee plans to assess the Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science.

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.