Unit: Family & Consumer Sciences
Program: Apparel Product Design and Merchandising (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Aug 27, 2010 - 10:28:13 am

1) Below are the program student learning outcomes submitted last year. Please add/delete/modify as needed.

I. In an exit portfolio that includes examples of projects, papers, assignments, or other work developed over the course of the program, the student will provide evidence that he/she has achieved each of the following learning outcomes:

Industry Processes

  • Outcome 1: The student can integrate knowledge of industry operations, theories of consumer behavior and quantitative skills to prepare comprehensive research-based manufacturing and merchandising plans that include creative design components and typical industry documents based on quantitative data.
  • Outcome 2: The student can conduct evaluations of apparel product quality using industry standards, regulatory agency criteria, and appropriate industry terminology.
  • Outcome 3: The student can conduct professional ASTM or AATCC industry tests for textile performance.
  • Outcome 4: The student can discuss current issues and concerns in the textile and apparel industries, including global issues regarding labor conditions, social responsibility and environmental impacts, and can evaluate the social and ethical consequences of these.

Appearance and Human Behavior

  • Outcome 5: The student can conduct, interpret and present the results of research that integrates historic and socio-cultural data with knowledge of the role of dress in human behavior.

Aesthetics and the Design Process

  • Outcome 6: The student can conduct systematic assessments of the use and significance of design elements and other aesthetic factors in fashion-related products and personal appearances, and in industry promotion and image-related materials.

Global Interdependence

  • Outcome 7: The student can integrate current political, cultural, and economic data with economic theories, practices and policies to produce research-based reports on international trade conditions and practices.

II. At the conclusion of APDM 492: Internship, the student will demonstrate that s/he has met Learning Objectives #8 and #9.

Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • Outcome #8: The student can distinguish between professional and unprofessional behaviors and can describe and critique ethical and unethical industry practices.

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Outcome #9: The student can employ critical thinking, creativity, and technical skill mastery to prepare a substantive pre-employment portfolio appropriate for an emerging industry professional.

III. At the conclusion of APDM 492: Internship, the student will make a formal oral presentation to faculty, students, and guests, demonstrating that s/he has met Learning Objective #10:

Professional Development

  • Outcome #10: The student can prepare and deliver a well organized oral presentation that exhibits textiles and apparel subject matter knowledge; utilizes presentation tools common to the profession; and that demonstrates poise, confidence, and effective use of visuals.

In APDM 482 & 492, students receive a guide to preparing a portfolio that provides evidence on their mastery of the SLOs. They develop oral presentations to the same end. See Attachment: PREPARING THE SENIOR PORTFOLIO (2/25/2009).

2) As of last year, your program's SLOs were published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL:
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: NA
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
Other: Distributed in APDM 111 & explained by instructor
Other: Distributed in APDM 482 & 492

3) Below is the link to your program's curriculum map (if submitted in 2009). If it has changed or if we do not have your program's curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2009:

4) The percentage of courses in 2009 that had course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is indicated below. Please update as needed.


5) State the assessment question(s) and/or goals of the assessment activity. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

The assessment activity was done to determine if students possessed knowledge of:

        Goal 1: Industry processes: current issues

        Goal 4: Global interdependence

        Goal 5: Ethics and social responsibility

        Goal 7: Professional development

SLO's that were targeted included:

         Outcome 4: Discuss and evaluate current issues re: labor, responsibility, and environmental impacts

         Outcome 7: Integrate data to produce reports on international trade practices

         Outcome 8: Identify professional, unprofessional and ethical and unethical practices

         Outcome 10: Deliver oral exhibiting subject matter knowledge, poise, and confidence

6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered.

To assess the student learning outcomes student portfolios were collected and reviewed and oral presentations were given discussing APDM topics.  Portfolios consisted of projects, papers, presentation materials, and exams APDM students were required to complete throughout the APDM program.  All of the required portfolio materials were designed to determine mastery of specific program goals and outcomes.  The exit presentation was designed to evaluate students' knowledge, communication skills, poise, and confidence that were developed throughout the program. 

7) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected?

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

8) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence?

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
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)

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

One hundred percent of graduating seniors submit portfolios and make formal oral presentations to the faculty. Twenty three APDM students submitted portfolios in spring of 2010.

10) Summarize the actual results.

Outcome #4: 2.33/5

Outcome #7: 2.61/5

Outcome #8: 4.64/5

Outcome #10: 4.22/5

11) How did your program use the results? --or-- Explain planned use of results.
Please be specific.

The Committee determined that instructors for APDM 101: Introduction to APDM and APDM 471: International Trade Issues will carry primary responsibility for guiding students in developing and demonstrating understanding of current fashion and apparel issues, social responsibility, environmental concerns, and global interdependence with regard to the use of labor and natural resources in apparel design, manufacturing and distribution industries. Students who complete these courses must do so with tangible evidence (i.e., projects, papers, examinations, presentation materials) that address these issues and can be included in their exit portfolios and oral presentations.

12) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

With assessing the portfolio we found out that students put time and effort into improving and correcting previous assignments that were to be included in the portfolio.  The assessment evidence demonstrated that students were concerned with producing high quality, professional output.  Students worked hard to create portfolios that would benefit them in the job application and interview process.

13) Other important information: