Unit: Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Program: Food Science (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Wed Nov 21, 2012 - 9:42:20 am

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

Students will:

a. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of food science.

b. Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their specialty area in the field of food science.

               c. Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency.

               d. Conduct and interpret food research.

               e. Function as a professional in their chosen discipline.

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

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

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.

We conducted an exit survey of students graduated in 2011.  Selected survey questions follow.  (1) What skills have you learned and practiced during your time as a graduate student? (2) Do you feel you were prepared for a job in the food industry or academic institutes?  If not, what are you lacking? (3) What would you recommend we change to enhance our program quality?

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.

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

Data on all three graduates were collected.

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)   Students have learned and practiced skills such as developing how to critically analyze research articles, public speaking skills, organization and preparation for lab procedures, powerpoint preparation and presentation skills, preparing and reviewing manuscripts for publications, etc. 

(2)   Students believed that they were prepared for jobs in the food industry or academic institutes.  Two of them found employment as R&D or technical personnel in the food industry.  One has pursued Ph.D. degree in Food Science.  Yet one student noticed lack of experience in business deals to be practiced and built more confidence for.

(3)   Students felt that Statistics course should be required to be taken in the beginning as it helps speed up the process throughout research.  They also suggested the program offer more diverse courses being specific to other areas of expertise in the food science field, such as flavor science and fermentation technology.

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

The results were discussed at the Food Science faculty meeting.  We will look into the availability of Statistics courses to our students.  The survey results will be included in the annual program quality report to the Graduate Division.

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.