Unit: Oceanography
Program: Oceanography (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Aug 29, 2013 - 8:55:20 am

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

Upon completion of the Masters program in Oceanography, students will be able to:

- Define, explain and summarize the basic principles of Oceanography, including the basic tenets of the sub-disciplines, and to explain complex phenomena in their own subdiscipline

- Evaluate the hypotheses, methods, results and conclusions of published scientific literature and apply conclusions to their own work

- Present and defend their scientific findings in front of public audiences

- Write a scientific thesis which contributes to the field

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

Department Website URL: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/SLO.pdf
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/GradHandbook13.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/courses.html

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, 2012 and September 30, 2013? (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, 2012 to September 30, 2013: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

All SLOs targeted: Each thesis committee must evaluate the student on the program SLOs, and the results are recorded on departmental and/or Graduate Division forms.

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.

Committee reports provided every semester for all graduate students. Completed departmental and/or Grad Division forms.

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

Nine students graduated with M.S. degrees in Oceanography during June 2012 through September 2013.

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.

All graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements.

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

Since all graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements, no further action was taken.

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.

Program SLO assessment at the graduate level has been an integral part of the Department's degree program since its formation, and continues to work well. We will continue to assess the progress toward degree completion as that seems to be a recent concern among the Department.

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.