Unit: Information & Computer Science
Program: Computer Science (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Sep 27, 2012 - 9:13:42 am

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

These SLOs have been officially approved by the ICS faculty and are posted on our Web site. 

M.S. Program:

The ICS M.S. graduate program provides courses for advanced education in Computer Science and affords opportunities to conduct research. Our objective is to help students achieve a high level of professional competence and lifelong learning, with the following Student Learning Objectives:

  1.   Master core computer science theoretical concepts, practices and technologies;

  2.   Identify, formulate and solve problems employing knowledge within the discipline;

  3.   Contribute effectively to collaborative team oriented activities;

  4.   Communicate effectively about computer science topics using appropriate media;

  5.   Demonstrate advanced knowledge in an area of specialization within the discipline;

  6.   Engage in significant research in their area of specialization within the discipline and/or in projects that respond to community and industry needs.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.ics.hawaii.edu/academics/slos/ICS-GradPrograms-SLOs.pdf
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.ics.hawaii.edu/academics/slos/ICS-GradPrograms-SLOs.pdf
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA
Other:
Other:

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.

0%
1-50%
51-80%
81-99%
100%

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.)

Yes
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.

LOs #1, #2, and #3 are assessed in courses (via grades obtained on key assignments).  Collecting assessment data for these SLOs started Fall 2012 based in particular assignments and/or exam questions in graduate courses taught this semester.  For the last three SLOs, we have created an SLO Assessment Grid. That Grid was approved by the faculty at the end of the Spring 2011 semester.
One assessment activity that takes place every semester is for our graduate student orientation. At the end of the orientation, the attendants were asked to rate the following 2 statements and answer the following 2 questions:
1) This session was useful to me
2) I would recommend this session to other incoming students
3) What was the most useful part?
4) What was the least useful part?

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.

* Course assessment data consists in student grades for particular assignments in courses, and is kept in the Graduate Chair's office in paper format for the time beeing.
* The "Assessment Grid" is filled by ad-hoc committees of the faculty (Plan A final defense, Plan B project report) or the Graduate Chair alone (ICS690 presentation) .  These grids are kept in paper format in the Graduate Chair's office.
* The Student Orientation assessment is filled by the students themselves and kept in the Graduate Chair's office in paper format.

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

* No course assessment data has been collected to date (will be first available end of Fall 2012).
* 5 SLO assessment grid has been collected to date since June 1 2011, 5 in total.
* 13 Graduate Student Orientation assessments were collected since June 2011, 26 in total.

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)
Dean/Director
Other: Graduate Chair

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)
Other:

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

Associating the following scores:
Unacceptable: 0
Marginal: 1
Acceptable: 2
Exceptional: 3
SLO#4: Communicate effectively about computer science topics using appropriate media;
        (2.5 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2) / 5 = 2.5 (i.e., between Acceptable and Exceptional)
SLO#5:  Demonstrate advanced knowledge in an area of specialization within the discipline;
        (3 + 3 + 1.5 + 3 + 2) / 5 = 2.5 (i.e., between Acceptable and Exceptional)
SLO#6:  Engage in significant research in their area of specialization within
        the discipline and/or in projects that respond to community and industry needs.
        (2 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 2.5) / 5 = 2.5 (i.e., between Acceptable and Exceptional)
* For the Graduate Student Orientation Assessment, associating the following scores to the answers:
Totally Disagree: 0
Partially Disagree: 1
Neither Afree nor Disagree: 2
Partially Agree: 3
Totally Agree: 4
We obtain the following averages for both questions since June 2011:
Fall 2011: (8 students)
  "This orientation was useful to me": 3.88
  "I would recommend this orientation to incoming students": 4.00
Spring 2012: (0 students)
  No data was collected since only very few students were admitted that semester, and
  the orientation consisted solely in individual meetings with the Graduate Chair.
Fall 2012: (5 students)
  "This orientation was useful to me": 4.00
  "I would recommend this orientation to incoming students": 4.00

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

* Regarding SLOs assessment, the plan is to examine results once a statistically
  significant number of them has been gathered. The Graduate Committee, who meets
  monthly, will identify weaknesses in both our assessment method and our
  assessment results, and make recommendations to the faculty in a view to
  proposing improvements. At the moment there is too little data to draw
  broad conclusions, but by the time the next assessment report is due we
  will have enough to start making plans for using the results in contrete ways.
* Regarding Graduate Student Orientation assessment, results over the last
  semester are so positive that the orientation seems in good shape. If the
  results were to become significantly worse, then the Graduate Committee would
  meet to propose a set of improvements.

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.

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.