Unit: Life Sciences
Program: Molecular Cell Biology (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Tue Oct 22, 2013 - 5:00:12 pm

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

SLO 1 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to explain and discuss how processes are integrated at the molecular level to create a functional eukryotic cell.

SLO 2 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to describe the structures and various cellular functions associated with the macromolecules found in cells.

SLO 3 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to explain the techniques and logic of methods employed in molecular biology research.

SLO 4 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to explain the molecular basis of human diseases and research on prospective treatments.

SLO 5 - Graduates of the MCB program will have experience in and be able to perform techniques employed in molecular biology research:

SLO 6 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to critically evaluate scientific studies.

SLO 7 - Graduates of the MCB program will be able to evaluate the ethical implications of research methods and outcomes.

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/mcb/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
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, 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The outcome of the assessment from last year was to restructure 2 courses, MCB 407 and MCB 408.  The new version of MCB 407 is being taught for the first time this semester and likewise for 408 in the spring.  Assessment of the effect of these changes will take place after the courses are complete.