Assessment of Student Learning



 

 

Physics Discipline

FALL, 1999

Phase I.

Unit Mission/Goal(s)

Please state your unit’s mission/goal(s):

The physics program is designed to help students understand the concepts of classical and modern physics while also developing their ability to solve quantitative problems in these areas. It provides opportunity for them to acquire the skills necessary to perform experimental work. The program develops students’ ability to communicate, in form and content, both verbally and in writing, the results of scientific work. The physics program offers a background suitable for students planning to pursue graduate study or careers in industry, research or teaching. It also provides a solid foundation for any career requiring analytical reasoning.

Please describe how your unit mission/goal(s) relate to the institutional mission

They are intimately connected, central portions of the institutional mission are carried out by academic units. Our unit goals fit into the institutions goals.

 

Student Learning Objectives/Expected Outcomes

Learning Objective 1.

Students will acquire an understanding of the concepts of classical and modern physics.

Expected Outcome 1.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental laws of classical physics, their consequences and limitations, by solving qualitative and quantitative problems using Newton's Laws, Maxwell's Equations, and the Laws of Thermodynamics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental laws of modern physics and their consequences by solving qualitative and quantitative problems using the laws of Special Relativity and Quantum Theory.

Learning Objective 2.

Students will learn to formulate and solve quantitative problems.

Expected Outcome 2.

Students will demonstrate an ability to formulate physical problems by identifying the conceptual underpinnings and determining how relevant physical quantities are related.

Learning Objective 3.

Students will acquire the ability to experimentally investigate physical phenomena.

Expected Outcome 3.

Students will demonstrate an ability to experimentally investigate physical phenomena by performing experiments in classical and modern physics. This will include appropriate use of instruments, analysis of data, and interpretation of results.

Learning Objective 4.

Students will learn to communicate, in form and content, both verbally and in writing, the results of scientific work.

Expected Outcome 4.

Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate the results of scientific work by writing reports of laboratory experiments and by orally presenting scientific findings.

 

Assessment Methods & Tools

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1.

Faculty evaluation of student solutions of problems dealing with fundamental laws of physics.

Exit survey of seniors.

Outcome 1

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2.

Faculty evaluation of exams and homework will include evaluation of the process shown in solving problems.

Exit survey of seniors.

Outcome 2

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

in Progress

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3.

Faculty evaluation of written laboratory reports. Critical observation of laboratory work by faculty.

Exit survey of seniors.

Outcome 3

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 4.

Faculty evaluation of written laboratory reports.

Faculty evaluation of written and oral senior seminar presentations.

Exit survey of seniors.

Outcome 4

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

 

Phase II.

Use of Observed Outcomes and Possible Actions

Please comment on the possible use of the findings of your assessment plan.

In responding to this question you may want to consider the following issues; How would the results of the assessment be communicated to faculty in your own and other disciplines? How could the results be used to improve the student learning and programs? How could the results produce input to other related processes (e.g., academic and nonacademic planning, curriculum review)? How could the results of the assessment change your unit’s mission/goal(s)? With which other units would you like to share the results of your assessment?

Faculty will discuss findings as a group. The findings will be reviewed at least once in every college catalog production cycle when we review the structure of the physics program.

 

 

The Implementation Needs

Please comment on the information and assistance necessary for the successful implementation of your assessment process.

In responding to this question you may want to consider issues like; What are the other units (e.g., other disciplines, programs, administrators and/or committees) that should produce input for the successful completion of your assessment cycle? What type of input do you need from other units? What should be the function of the Assessment of Student Learning Committee and Coordinator to increase the effectiveness of your unit’s assessment process? What type of support might your unit need for the planning and application of your assessment cycle?

To be identified.