Seven of the students received 75% or better on eight multiple-choice questions (i.e., at least 6 out of 8 correct). Eight of the students scored 70% or better on an essay designed to check their understanding of correct microscope usage.
Faculty teaching biology major courses will provide additional emphasis on topics identified through assessment as areas of weakness: evolution of plants, protein synthesis, and comparative cell structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Emphasis will occur during both lectures and labs.
CHANGES BEING MADE AS A RESULT OF ASSESSMENT:
The assessment tool used covered a broad range of general biology topics appropriate for sophomore level students. Assessment for 2003 is redesigned to focus on a maximum of two topics of weakness each year. Having a variety of questions on a limited number of focus topics will better elucidate specific points of strength or weakness in the current learning process. Faculty will use 2003 assessment feedback to redesign teaching and learning activities to address points of weakness in each focus topic. Further rounds of assessment will determine the effectiveness of such changes in improving student learning.
Engineering graduates will learn how engineers approach and solve problems, will increase their awareness of and interest in the types of problems that confront engineers, and specifically:
develop and exhibit the behaviors associated with taking personal responsibility for time management, learning new materials, and setting goals,
demonstrate the fundamentals of organizing and presenting technical work,
demonstrate the ability to resolve conflicts in groups and teams,
develop and demonstrate the behaviors of effective problem solvers,
create purposeful representations of artifacts and processes,
demonstrate a working knowledge of the role of the customer in defining quality,
demonstrate the ability to meet and/or exceed customer-defined specifications.
Students will develop an Engineering Design Notebook containing completed projects, assignments, and reflections that satisfies the following criteria:
organization: 100% of Engineering Design Notebooks will either meet or
exceed expectations specified,
projects: 80% or more of completed projects will either meet or exceed expectations specified for the project,
other assignments: 80% or more of completed assignments will either meet or exceed expectations specified for the assignments.
All 40 students in 8 teams developed Engineering Design Notebooks with results as follows:
organization: 100% of Engineering Design Notebooks (8 out of 8) are thus far either meeting or exceeding expectations specified.
projects: Amongst the tasks completed in scheduled completion of the first project, 88% of teams (7 out of 8) have either met or exceeded specified expectations.