Program: Computer Science (BS), Info & Comp Sci (BA)
Date: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 11:00:26 am
1) Below are your program student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.
(a) Students can apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
(b) Students can analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
(c) Students can design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
(d) Students can function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
(e) Students have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
(f) Students can communicate effectively with a range of audiences
(g) Students can analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
(h) Students can recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
(i) Students can use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies. [BA IT only]
(k) An ability to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computer-based systems. [BA IT only]
(l) An ability to effectively integrate IT-based solutions into the user environment. [BA IT only]
(m) An understanding of best practices and standards and their application. [BA IT only]
(n) An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan. [BA IT only]
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
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(s) to your program's curriculum map(s). If we do not have your curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.
5) For the period June 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.
Develop a new curriculum map based on the updated undergraduate curriculum.
How does the inclusion of recitation sessions impact student achievement in ICS 141 and ICS 241?
SLO: A, & B
6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #5.
Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: The Department collected the minutes from the Curriculum Committee to identify the changes necessary for the curriculum map. Curriculum and SLOs were re-aligned based on modifications to the curriculum. The curriculum was modified in spring 2011 and implemented in fall 2011. The Department believes the modification to the curriculum to be pedagogically advantageous and to lower students' time to degree completion. Based on the modifications in process, the Department will revisit this assessment question when the implementation has had time to mature.
ICS 141 and 241: The Department collected final course grades from students enrolled in ICS 141 or 241 prior to the inclusion of recitation sessions. The Department also collected final course grades after the implementation to determine if recitation sessions improved student learning. Student interviews were also conducted to determine reasons for the findings.
7) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
Nine faculty members submitted evidence (four for ICS 141 and five for ICS 241).
8) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
9) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
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)
10) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #5:
Summarize the actual results.
Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: See attached revised curriculum map for the undergraduate programs.
ICS 141: The overall GPA of students who enrolled in ICS 141 prior to the implementation of recitation sessions was 2.14. After recitation sessions were implemented, the overall GPA of the students improved to 2.34.
ICS 241: The overall GPA of students who enrolled in ICS 241 prior to the implementation of recitation sessions was 2.44. After recitation sessions were implemented, the overall GPA of the students declined to 2.29.
Since these results for ICS 141 demonstrated an improvement and ICS 241 demonstrated a decline, the faculty committee interviewed students who were enrolled in these courses to identify possible reasons for the improvement and decline. In ICS 141, students mentioned the direct relationship between content covered in the ICS 141 class and the recitation sessions. In ICS 241, the students mentioned a difference in teaching methods in the class and recitation sessions.
11) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.
ICS 141, 241: The Department will bring these findings to the next curriculum committee meeting to determine possible methods to better align the recitation sessions with the in-class sessions. The Department will also implement a student representative role for undergraduate students to participate in curriculum committee meetings to allow for a feedback loop to improve curriculum and instruction.
Alignment of curriculum to SLOs: The new curriculum map will be used by faculty advisors when advising students through the B.A. and B.S. programs.