Unit: Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences
Program: Tropical Plant & Soil Sci (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Mon Oct 08, 2012 - 10:33:24 am

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

Upon graduation from the TPSS curriculum, a student should be able to:

1.     Understand basic plant morphology and be able to use it to identify plants commonly used in the discipline by scientific and common names.

2.   Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of biological processes (e.g., life cycles, respiration, photosynthesis, reproduction, source-sink relations, dormancy, photoperiodism, photomorphogenesis) and be able to use this knowledge to interpret horticultural practices and produce quality horticultural crops.

3.     Know how to apply appropriate plant management operations, including propagation, pruning & training, plant growth regulators, and environmental manipulations (light, temperature, water, nutrition, soil) in order to produce horticultural crops.

4.   Know how to apply IPM strategies (agricultural chemicals or their alternatives and sustainable practices) properly, including scouting & monitoring, timing & scheduling, rotations, calculations, and safety procedures.

5.  Understand the basis for genetics and fundamentals of plant breeding.

6.   Apply principles of soil science in the management of field soils, displaced soils, and artificial substrates in containers.

7.   Use technology effectively, including computer skills and be able to locate relevant data/research in hard copy as well as on line.

8.   Speak effectively and write concisely on subject matter within the professional curriculum.

9.   Realize the need for continuing education in the professional discipline through professional societies, short courses, conferences, use of the internet, and reading.

10.  Work effectively in a team situation either as a leader or participant to define problems and identify resources and solutions.

11.  Develop a global perspective on horticultural issues.

12.  Develop an ethical perspective and sense of moral responsibility and values in making decisions that affect the (human) community and environment.

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: 358
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ctahr2001/TPSS/courselist.html
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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

TPSS has lost about 45% of its faculty over the last ten year of and we have only 3.5 instructional FTE for the program.