Unit: Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Program: Food Science (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Tue Feb 07, 2012 - 11:36:20 pm

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

Students will:

a. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of food science.

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

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

               d. Conduct and interpret food 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/FSHN.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: NA
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.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2011:

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.

Candidacy examination is used to evaluate whether the student has a mastery of fundamental knowledge in their discipline and related fields, and can express this knowledge orally in a professional manner.

Thesis defense/final examination evaluates the student’s ability to conduct research at the MS level, write a research report in publication format, and orally present research findings in a professional manner. The final examination committee evaluates these abilities by reading the written report, listening to the oral presentation, and conducting and oral examination covering all aspects of the written report and presentation.

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.

Results of the candidacy exam

Results of the student's thesis defense/final exam

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

Three MS students were evaluated by the candidiacy exam and the thesis defense/final exam.  Each student was evaluated by 3 graduate faculty members in both exams.

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)

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 three students passed the candidiacy exam and the thesis defense/final exam.

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

The exam committee discussed students' strength and weakness.  To improve their communication skills and enrich their professional development, students were highly encouraged to attend Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting and Hawaii IFT (HIFT) regional meetings.

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.