Unit: Chemistry
Program: Chemistry (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Tue Nov 17, 2020 - 5:32:51 pm

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

1. Students will demonstrate an ability to perform independent research with only occasional advice and direction as judged by the chosen research mentor.

(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., 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. Interact professionally with others.)

2. Students will demonstrate knowledge in a specific subdiscipline of chemistry through completion of eighteen credits of graduate coursework.

(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., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

3. Students will demonstrate and ability to prepare a written original research proposal at the frontier of the science and prepare and defend this proposal in front of a panel of faculty experts.

(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., 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., 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. Students will be able to orally communicate the background for their research project, any current research results, and a complete analysis of these results in an open forum.

(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., 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., 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.)

5. Students will be able to communicate research results through publication of manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and successful completion of an approved dissertation.

(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., 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., 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.)

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/wp-content/uploads/CHEM-Grad-Degree-Requirements.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/academics/graduate/
UHM Catalog. Page Number: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/catalog/schools-colleges/arts-sciences/nat-sci/chem/
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/course-program/graduate/
Other:

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

Curriculum Map File(s) from 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.

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

5) Does the program have learning achievement results for its program SLOs? (Example of achievement results: "80% of students met expectations on SLO 1.")(check one):

No
Yes, on some(1-50%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on most(51-99%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on all(100%) of the program SLOs

6) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020?

Yes
No (skip to question 17)

7) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020? (Check all that apply.)

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8) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place since November 2018.

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9) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 7? (Check all that apply.)

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

13) Summarize the results from the evaluation, analysis, interpretation of evidence (checked in question 12). For example, report the percentage of students who achieved each SLO.

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

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15) Please briefly describe how the program used its findings/results.

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

We feel that course grades and biannual seminar presentations represent reasonable methods for assessing SLOs 2 & 4.  The comprehensive exams are also a sufficient method for assessing SLOs 3 & 4.  The graduate chair montiors these data and advises students and the research mentors when issues arise.

We find it challenging to obtain usable data that allows assessment of SLO 1, especially after students have completed coursework and comprehensive exams (usually by the 5th semester) but are not yet ready to defend their dissertation (usually after 10-12 semesters).

SLO 1 relies on progress as judged by the faculty mentor - we have recently implemented an online questionnaire to help improve communication between students, faculty mentors, and the graduate chair, which should aid in identifying underperforming students. We have also discussed the possibility of implementing progress report meetings with the full dissertation committee beginning in the 5th year, but faculty are resistant to the increased workload and the distraction from research efforts.  Discussions are ongoing in this area.

SLO5 relies on submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts, which usually happens around the same time as submission of the dissertation.