Program Learning Outcomes

Chemistry PhDs June 2015

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO):

Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. graduates will be able to:

1. demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts, mastery of relevant experimental and theoretical techniques and empirical knowledge in their specific field.

2. identify a novel research project/problem, develop a plan to execute/solve it and complete the project with the goal of adding new knowledge to their field.

3. communicate fundamental knowledge of their field of research, as well as details of their own research in both written and oral form to expert and non-expert audience.

assessment plan

Analytic Rubrics

EVALUATION RUBRIC: Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (Written dissertation proposal and oral presentation)

Student's name: _________________________ Date of the QE:_____________________

This rubric serves two purposes: it (1) collects data on each of the three program learning outcomes for program assessment and improvement, and (2) helps faculty provide students with supplemental feedback.

Collection of the program assessment data: The committee chair should ask the committee members to evaluate the student's achievement of each outcome as described in the rubric. Because the program assessment is focused on each of the listed outcomes and not on the individual student, it is important not to let the evaluation of one outcome influence the evaluation of the others. To facilitate this process, committee members are encouraged to record their evaluation as they are reading student's work

and/or listening to the student by circling the appropriate cells and making notes if needed. After the oral presentation, the committee chair leads the discussion and fills in one rubric based on the evaluation that emerges from a consensus among the committee members. One copy of the rubric is returned to the program manager and another one is submitted to the Graduate Studies Division.

plo

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduating Ph.D. 

Self Evaluation Survey

For each question, indicate whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree

1) I have learned fundamental concepts relevant to my field.

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2) I have mastered experimental and/or theoretical techniques important in my field.

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3) I have learned the central empirical knowledge and paradigms relevant to my field.

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4) I am able to identify a novel research project or problem in my specific field.

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5) I am able to develop a plan to complete a project or solve a novel problem in my field.

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6) I am able to execute a plan to complete a project or solve a novel problem in my field.

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7) I am able to communicate through oral and written presentations to experts in my field.

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8) I am able to communicate through oral and written presentations to nonexperts.

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