Unit: Microbiology
Program: Microbiology (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Wed Nov 17, 2010 - 3:20:29 pm

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

Microbiology PhD

Program Purpose

The Ph.D. program in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hawaii is designed to give students the academic and technical skills to become independent scientists and researchers.  We strive to provide each graduate student with broad knowledge in microbiology and in-depth knowledge in their area of specialization.  Students are trained in both traditional and state-of-the-art technologies to be applied to the design and conduct of original research projects.  Additionally, students have access to both basic and advanced coursework to further their academic and research goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Design microbiological or immunological experiments at an advanced graduate level.

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

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

4.  Produce significant scientific research results.

5.  Research results and interpretations of those results should be clearly presented both orally and in peer reviewed publications

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

7.  Compete successfully for productive employment or postdoctoral training in industry or academic institutions.

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/PhD.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.

Are our graduates ready for postdoctoral training programs or other activities for professional microbiologists?

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

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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 graduate courses are evaluated by the students.

We have 3-5 Ph.D. graduates per year and thus, 3-5 dissertations and oral defenses to evaluate the student's research and learning achievements. 

10) Summarize the actual results.

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The quality of the dissertations and oral defenses make clear that most of our Ph.D. graduates are well trained in both the fundamentals of their discipline and in the details of the laboratory techniques for conducting microbiological research.

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

Our Ph.D. progam is designed to train student to conduct research.  Our evaluation of graduating students indicates that, in most case, we are reaching this goal.

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.

no

13) Other important information: