Unit: Ocean & Resources Engineering
Program: Ocean & Resources Engineering (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Sep 09, 2010 - 1:18:41 pm

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

The graduate program in Ocean and Resources Engineering channels the students’ previous education and work experience to ocean-related engineering careers. Students upon graduating from the program will have:

1.    A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;

2.    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and basic engineering topics that include statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and probability and statistics;

3.    Proficiency in the core program that comprises hydrostatics, oceanography, water waves, fluid-structure interaction, underwater acoustics, laboratory and at-sea experience;

4.    Working knowledge of at least one of the three option areas that include coastal, offshore, and ocean resources engineering;

5.    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and latest engineering tools necessary for ocean and resources engineering practice;

6.    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve ocean and resources engineering problems;

7.    An ability to design and optimize engineering systems to meet the needs of the marine community;

8.    An ability to work independently and function on multi-disciplinary teams;

9.    An appreciation of professional and ethical responsibilities;

10.    An ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences;

11.    An awareness of the latest research and contemporary issues in and beyond the marine community, and;

12.    Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning and continuing professional development.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
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: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/OE/ore_courses.htm
Other: ABET Self-Study Report dated July 1, 2009

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.

percentage of recent graduates with jobs in ocean engineering or a related field or continuing to further education

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

sent out surveys in fall 2009

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.

100% of recent graduates submitted exit interviews

10) Summarize the actual results.

The departmental advisory boards and ABET (accreditation board for engineering and technology) wrote formal reports after a detailed evaluation of our program and ranked the department as outstanding with the highest ABET evaluation in 12 years. The department was formally reaccredited for 6 years . This is the highest outcome available.

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

As the results indicated major progress over the last evaluation , the faculty voted to continue current practices.

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.

The department is one of the top ranked in the nation in ocean engineering. This is making us more selective in new applicants.

13) Other important information:

the ABET report of Fall 2009 (detailed 250 page accreditation report )  is posted on our website