Unit: Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Program: Nutritional Sciences (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Mon Nov 28, 2011 - 9:18:53 pm

1) Below are your program student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

The learning objectives of the Nutritional Sciences MS program are that students will:

        a.      Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of nutrition.

        b.      Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their specialty area in the field of nutrition.

        c.      Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency.

        d.      Conduct and interpret nutrition research.

        e.      Function as a professional in their chosen discipline.

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/degrees/grad/NUTRms.html
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(s) to your program's curriculum map(s). If we do not have your curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


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.

Assessment goals: evaluate those students in our MS program that were at a stage in their program where they are expected to posses basic knowledge and communication skills in nutrition and related disciplines. Evaluation was done via an oral candidacy exam.

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.

Oral candidiacy exam questions were asked by three graduate faculty members. The faculty members discuss the students answeres and communication skills, and make recommendations to the student and graduate chair.

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

4 MS students were evaluated by an  oral candidiacy exam.  Each student was evaluated by 3 graduate faculty members.

8) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

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)
Other: graduate chair

9) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

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)

10) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #5:
Summarize the actual results.

All 4 students passes their oral candidacy exam.

11) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

Performance of students is discussed among the graduate chair and members of the graduate faculty at periodic graduate faculty meetings.  The effectiveness of the exam procedures, questions, and examiners are discussed as well as the quality of the student's answers and their ability to communicate in their discipline.  Revisions to the process or program are proposed if needed.  None were proposed.

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.
Please note: If the program did not engage in assessment, please explain. If the program created an assessment plan for next year, please give an overview.