Unit: Earth Sciences
Program: Earth and Planetary Sciences (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 07, 2010 - 10:23:00 am

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

  1. Acquire knowledge and skills that will enable her or him to advance the state of the Earth sciences and their application to societal problems.
  2. Evaluate the hypotheses, methods, results and conclusions of published literature relevant to a chosen scientific problem.
  3. Define an appropriate and tractable thesis objective, in consultation with his or her advisor.
  4. Present and defend her or his scientific findings in front of a public audience.
  5. Write a thesis which documents his or her contribution to the field.

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

Department Website URL: NA - in process of being added
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: NA - in process of being added
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA - in process of being added

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.

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

Student's progress, in terms of degree and SLOs, is assessed at  a committee meeting of mentors held every semester.

Oral defense is part of assessment

Annual department meetings

GG610 assesses oral communication skills

All these are documented.

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.

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

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.

We are still shifting to the language of assessment, though much has been in place for years.

13) Other important information:

Appointment of an assessment coordinator to spearhead this work