Unit: Information & Computer Science
Program: Computer Science (BS), Info & Comp Sci (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Sep 03, 2010 - 10:14:47 am

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

(a) Students can apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline

(b) Students can analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

(c) Students can design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

(d) Students can function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

(e) Students have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities

(f) Students can communicate effectively with a range of audiences

(g) Students can analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

(h) Students can recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

(i) Students can use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information

technologies. [BA IT only]

(k) An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection,

creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems. [BA IT only]

(l) An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment. [BA IT only]

(m) An understanding of best practices and standards and their application. [BA IT only]

(n) An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan. [BA IT only]

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:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA

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 ICS Department assessed and studied SLOs that are covered in the introductory computer science courses (ICS 111, 141, 211, and 241).  The SLOs covered were a, b, d, h, i, j, and m.

The ICS Department wanted to determine the most effective method to teach introductory Information and Computer Science courses, as they serve as a basis for all subsequent coursework. 

 The ICS Department also reviewed the SLOs and curriculum maps and began addressing the following:

1. Alignment of curriculum to SLOs.

2. Students' time to completion of degree.

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

ICS 111 and 211: The ICS Department collected pre- and post-test scores for students in introductory programming courses, ICS 111 and ICS 211.  The ICS Department also collected survey data from the students, which included demographic and qualitative data.

ICS 141 and 241: The Department collected final course grades from students enrolled in ICS 141 prior to the inclusion of recitation sessions.  The Department will collect final course grades after the implementation to determine if recitation sessions improved student learning.

Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: Curriculum to SLOs are updated based on discipline needs.

Students' time to degree completion: The Department is in the process of modifying the curriculum to be pedagogically advantageous and to lower students' time to degree completion.  Based on the modifications in process, the Department will revisit this assessment question when the implementation has had time to mature.

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.

10) Summarize the actual results.

ICS 111, 211: The intervention used in instruction provided in ICS 111 and 211 increased learning and achievement for beginning ICS students.  Therefore, the Department is considering this method of instruction for other upper division courses.

ICS 141, 241: No results are available at this time.  The Department will have results in the next annual assessment.

Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: No results available at this time. 

Students' time to degree completion: No results at this time.  The Department will revisit this assessment question when the implementation has had time to mature.

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

ICS 111 and 211: The results were available for faculty to review.  The results were also discussed by the assessment committee.

ICS 141 and 241: A faculty discussion will occur when results are available.

 Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: No results available at this time. 

Students' time to degree completion: No results at this time.  A faculty discussion will occur when results are available.

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.

13) Other important information: