Unit: Information & Computer Science
Program: Computer Science (BS), Info & Comp Sci (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 04, 2012 - 11:35:09 am

1) Below are your program's 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.

Department Website URL:
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) 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.

Develop assessment strategies for upper division ICS courses.

Identify student learning in ICS 331 and 332 and determine if learning gaps exist.  If students are achieving at lower levels for specific SLOs, identify possibilities for remediation.

ICS 331: SLOs: A, B, C, I, J

ICS 332: SLOs: A, B, C, I, J

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.

Develop assessment strategies: The assessment committee worked with faculty to match their course SLOs to assessments in courses taught.  The faculty also used the assessments selected to identify the percentage of students that met each learning outcome and determine if remediation was necessary.

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

The two faculty members teaching the courses.

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.

ICS 331:

SLO A: 89%

SLO B: 89%

SLO C: 89%

SLO I: 89%

SLO J: 89%

ICS 332:

SLO A: 100%

SLO B: 71%

SLO C: 62.5%

SLO I: 46%

SLO J: 62%

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

The program is working with faculty to systematically determine areas that students need more assistance.  Even though students had difficulty with the application of SLO I in the second course, the assessment committee reviewed the number of courses that met SLO.  All students meet this SLO in at least 9 courses (BS, BA Bioinformatics) or 8 courses (BA IT).  Therefore, this assessment demonstrated that students had difficulty with SLO I in the specific applied area.  The department also working to determine other methods of instruction to help students understand core SLOs and apply them to a variety of areas to improve their overall learning.

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.

We found the pilot of our upper division assessment to be useful, as we determined a method of assessing courses.  We are currently looking into other forms of data to make the assessment of these courses richer.

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.