Unit: Atmospheric Sciences
Program: Meteorology (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Nov 05, 2010 - 9:33:51 am

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

1. Apply physical principles to explain thermal structure of the atmosphere.

2. Describe atmospheric circulations.

3. Develop and explain a forecast in the short to medium (time) range.

4. Know the design and use of instrumentation, computer software, and data interpretation methods in atmospheric studies.

5. Ba able to explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, oral and computer-based forms of communication.

6. Be adaptable to new avenues of scientific inquiry which offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs for atmospheric studies.

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/MET/met-outcomes.htm
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.

As stated in last year report, the faculty have  agreed to implement the plan of using MET 412 and 416 as capstone courses. These courses address SLO's 2-5. The assessment process will involve a faculty committee aided by operational National Weather Service forecasters from the Honolulu Forecast Office ( in the HIG Building). The committee will attend and evaluate a complete weather briefing prepared and presented by each student. This exercise requires the student to incorporate the accumulated knowledge and skills developed through their coursework. The scope exceeds the actual workload of an operational forecaster. The briefing includes oral presentations, use of computer graphics, analysis of basic physics and the response to questions from other experts.

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

The goal is to assess overall integration of the preparatory coursework and application to a real world problem.. the daily forecast. A proper forecast briefing incorporates all aspects of the scientific method as well as communication skills, these assessment will be routinely conducted by the instructing faculty members of the capstone courses.

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.

to be done.

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.

13) Other important information: