Unit: Chemistry
Program: Chemistry (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Oct 28, 2010 - 3:39:30 pm

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

The program aims to develop scientists capable of performing research at the frontiers of the science in any of the subdisciplines of chemistry. The SLO's for this program are:

a)   complete course work at the frontier of the science;

b)   independently perform a significan piece of original research at the frontiers of the science;

c)   prepare and defend an original research proposal at the frontier of the science;

d)   present background of research and results of original research in an open forum;

e)   publish research results in peer reviewed international journals.

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

Department Website URL: www.manoa.hawaii.edu/chem
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:

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.

We do not have a formal assessment program for the PhD degree. Assessment is informal, on the level of the dissertation committee. One memeber on the committee is from a chemistry subdiscipline different from the area that the candidate does research in. This mechanism ensures that the faculty is informed of the state of the program and ensures that reasonable standards are maintained across the subdiscplines.

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

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.

Development of new courses, increasing the frequency of graduate course offerings and placent courses on predictable schedules, rescheduling of the comprehensive exam to assess research progress earlier.

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: