Unit: Oceanography
Program: Oceanography (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Mon Sep 13, 2010 - 11:39:09 am

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

Upon completion of the Masters program in Oceanography, students will be able to:

- Define, explain and summarize the basic principles of Oceanography, including the basic tenets of the sub-disciplines, and to explain complex phenomena in their own subdiscipline

- Evaluate the hypotheses, methods, results and conclusions of published scientific literature and apply conclusions to their own work

- Present and defend their scientific findings in front of public audiences

- Write a scientific thesis which contributes to the field

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

Department Website URL: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/SLO.pdf
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/GradHandbook08.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/courses.html

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.

No map submitted.

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.

All graduate students must complete all of the SLOs in order to graduate from the program.

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

Each thesis committee must evaluate the student on the program SLOs, and the results are recorded on departmental and/or Graduate Division forms

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.

Six students graduated with M.S. degrees in Oceanography during October 2009-September 2010

10) Summarize the actual results.

All graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements

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

Since all graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements, no further action was taken.

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.

Program SLO assessment at the graduate level has been an integral part of theDepartment's degree program since its formation, and continues to work well.

13) Other important information: