Unit: Microbiology
Program: Microbiology (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Wed Nov 17, 2010 - 3:07:00 pm

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

Microbiology MS

Program Purpose

The MS degree program in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hawaii is designed to give students advanced coursework in microbiology and an in-depth introduction to microbiology research. Students are expected to design and execute original research projects using traditional and advanced research technologies.  We strive to provide each Master’s student with broad knowledge microbiology and in depth knowledge in their area of specialization such that they can enter the workforce as professional microbiologists or continue their academic training in advanced graduate or professional programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate the ability to design experiments with appropriate controls, and to conduct original research.

2.  Demonstrate proficiency with a variety of classical and modern microbiology techniques.

3.  Read, understand and evaluate current literature in their discipline.

4.  Research results and interpretations of those results should be clearly presented both orally and in written works

5.  Develop awareness and perspective as a member of a local, national and global scientific community

6.  Compete successfully for productive employment or enter advanced degree programs in microbiology or health-related fields.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/microbiology/MS.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number: 139
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
Other:
Other:

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.

0%
1-50%
51-80%
81-99%
100%

5) State the assessment question(s) and/or goals of the assessment activity. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

Assessment of the MS program is done via student evaulations of the courses and evaulation of the students at the oral defense of their thesis.

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

Course evauations.

Thesis by the students detailing their research

Oral defense by the students to determine their level of understanding of their research and related material

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)
Dean/Director
Other:

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)
Other:

9) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated.
If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

 

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All courses are evaluated by the students.

There are about 5 MS graduates per year.  Their oral defenses and theses provide a fair sample of the quality of the research and training of our MS program.

10) Summarize the actual results.

There is general agreement that our MS program is producing graduates with excellent training in microbiology.

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

As long as the student research is of high quality, we do not have plans to change the training program

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: