Unit: Oceanography
Program: Global Environmental Science (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Oct 12, 2012 - 12:12:34 pm

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

Students completing the Global Environmental Science degree program will be able to:

1. Define and explain the basic principles and concepts of chemistry, physics, biology, calculus, geology, geophysics, meteorology, and oceanography.

2. Apply their understanding of the fundamentals of science and mathematics to the description and quantification of the interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, including humans.

3. Employ the scientific approach to problem solving, and hypothesis formation and testing.

4. Conduct scientific research, and analyze and evaluate results.

5. Demonstrate information literacy by collection and evaluation of scientific literature.

6. Express themselves clearly and concisely in written form.

7. Demonstrate skilled delivery of well organized informal and formal oral presentations.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/GES/
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:
Other: In program office (MSB 205D)

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2012:

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) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

#1 We continued previous years' efforts to evaluate foundational knowledge in the basic sciences and mathematics in OCN 310.

#2  We tested grasp of conceptual material in OCN 310.

#5 We continued information literacy project in OCN 100.

#7 We continued oral presentations in OCN 100 and OCN 490.

7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

Scientific background survey/test given in Fall 11 to OCN 310 students.

Pre-post tests of conceptual in OCN 310.

Students in OCN 100 submitted search keywords and a minimum of 5 references on their chosen research topic.

Students in OCN 100 gave group oral presentations.

Seniors gave multiple oral presentations in OCN 490.

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

Eighteen students were evaluated in OCN 310 (background survey/test and pre/post test).

Twenty two students completed the research project and oral presentation in OCN 100.

Twelve students gave presentations in OCN 490 (student and instructor evaluations).

9) 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)

10) 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)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

#1  Background of students were adequate

#2  Application of knowledge was generally adequate, although application of some aspects of physics needs improvement.

#5  Keywords were approrpiate and references submitted were good, although there were some computer=related glitched in transferring data to the instructor.

#7  Presentations were evaluated by a rubric.  Instructor performed evaluations in OCN 100.  Students and instructor performed evaluations in OCN 490.  Student evaluations were given directly to the student and were not assessed by instructor.  Presentations were well organized, but delivery skills and comfort level were lacking in some cases.  Considerable improvement was noted in OCN 490.

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

We plan to continue these activities in the current academic year.  Additional in class preparation time for the presentation will be provided in OCN 100, and a handout will be prepared with hints on presentation techniques/skills.

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

Nothing in particular this year.

14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.