Unit: Ocean & Resources Engineering
Program: Ocean & Resources Engineering (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Sun Oct 13, 2013 - 10:22:28 am

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

The graduate program in Ocean and Resources Engineering channels the students’ previous education and work experience to ocean-related engineering careers. Students upon graduating from the program will have:

1.    A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;

2.    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and basic engineering topics that include statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and probability and statistics;

3.    Proficiency in the core program that comprises hydrostatics, oceanography, water waves, fluid-structure interaction, underwater acoustics, laboratory and at-sea experience;

4.    Working knowledge of at least one of the three option areas that include coastal, offshore, and ocean resources engineering;

5.    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and latest engineering tools necessary for ocean and resources engineering practice;

6.    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve ocean and resources engineering problems;

7.    An ability to design and optimize engineering systems to meet the needs of the marine community;

8.    An ability to work independently and function on multi-disciplinary teams;

9.    An appreciation of professional and ethical responsibilities;

10.    An ability to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences;

11.    An awareness of the latest research and contemporary issues in and beyond the marine community, and;

12.    Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning and continuing professional development.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/OE/ore_courses.htm
Other: ABET Self-Study Report dated July 1, 2009

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2013:

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.

We focused on the percentage of graduating students that got jobs in engineering or related fields

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.

This was assessed by surveying students on exit interviews as well as surveying employers.

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

All graduates submited evidence as well as over half of employers - we had 100% emplyment of graduates

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)
Other: external advisory committee for ABET

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.

One hundred percent of ORE PhD graduates got jobs , teaching or research positions in an engineering or related field. ORE is in fact not able to meet the demand of the local engineering community for high level graduate engineers . We are working with our local engineering community to encorage more enrollment in the program.

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

The program presented these results to a blue ribbon panel evaluating SOEST in April 2013. The panel was very impressed. Basically the panel advised the program to continue our extremely successful program but to make plans to begin an undergraduate ocean engneeing program so that we could feed more people into the graduate program. The faculty met and considered this advice in great detail. Several new undergraduate courses were planned beginning with ORE 202  (Man in the Sea) and each year adding new courses until a full program was developed. 

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.

The program was noted by the SOEST revew panel (April 2013) to be very succcessful. Clearly it is filling its function. We are working hard to gear up for our next ABET evaluation and certification in 2015. In 2010 we ranked the best of the five engineering departments on the UH campus. The department is plagued by its small size. One new faculty member is joining in Dec. 2013. Beyond this we need more staff in order to develop a full undergraduate program. We are in discusson with the Dean and our local engineering advsory council on this point.

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.

The program did engage in major ongoing assessment activities and is gearing these up over the next year to meet our next ABET review in 2 years.