Unit: Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Program: Animal Science (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Tue Nov 20, 2012 - 5:44:46 pm

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

1. Develop research skills and applied knowledge in animal-based working environment;

2. Demonstrate effective communication skills;

3. Demonstrate strong scientific analytic skills in animal-based projects;   

4. Meet the courses and/or thesis requirements of the graduate program. 

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

Department Website URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/degrees/grad/ANSC.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/degrees/grad/ansc.html
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hnfas/degrees/grad/ansc.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number: Page 338-339
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Select one option:

No map submitted.

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.

All the students have to take comprehensive exams, consisting of three committee members. The exam covers one agriculture/aquacltured species and two subjects in the field of animal science. The exams can be oral or written with a purpose to assess students' general and broad knowledge in agriculture.

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.

1) Demonstrated in general knowledge in animal sciences;

2) Specific knowledge and skills in animal agriculture, such as pig, beef and cattle and poultry production and aquaculture;

3) Current issues in animal welfare and agriculture 

4) Animal biotechnology and any other new development in research

5) Tropical animal production and issues in tropical climates 

6) Fundamental understanding of animal physiology and genetics and breeding

7) animal health and food safety 

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


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.

In the last year, all five students passed their comprehensive exam without condition.   

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

We plan to use the results to reinforce our program's learning goals. In particular, we will develop new courses or modify graduate courses.  

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.

Nothing to add