Biology Program Learning Outcomes–Graduate Level (M.S.)

 
The following Biology Program Learning Outcomes were written and approved by the Biology Graduate Committee as recognized in the Biology Departmental minutes for December 2, 1998. They reflect the ongoing method of assessment in the Department of Biological Sciences for the graduate level M.S. students and program.
 

Biology Program Courses and Activities Contributing to the Acquisition of Learning Outcomes Methodologies To Assess Learning Outcomes Interpretations of Assessment Results

1. Student will gain and demonstrate a sense of what is alive in the thought of the broad field of biology today. 1. (a) Divisional seminars.
(b) Interaction with other graduate students and faculty.
(c) Required B.S. in biology or completion of course deficiencies.
1. (a) Ongoing interaction with major professor and/or committee–subjective.
(b) Open and closed phases of masters defense–subjective.
1. (a) Committee decision on course deficiencies.
(b) Pass/Fail on masters defense based on general knowledge–subjective.

2. Student will gain a sense of what is alive in the thought of his/her general biology specialty today. 2. (a) Participation in disciplinary conferences, where possible.
(b) Interaction with other graduate students and faculty in field of specialty.
(c) Coursework in specialty (GB880 or 890 and specialty).
2. (a) Ongoing interactions with major professor and/or committee.
(b) Open and closed phases of masters defense.
(c) Course grades reflecting knowledge, lab and field techniques.
2. (a) Pass/Fail on masters defense based on specific knowledge–subjective.
(b) Course grade scale determined by faculty–objective and subjective; note curricula committees and FRC functions.

3. Student will demonstrate an understanding of general research methodologies including statistics. 3. (a) GB 750 Research Design and Analysis (RDA).
(b) Lab and field coursework in specialty.
3. (a) Course grade reflecting (RDA) knowledge, lab and field techniques.
(b) Course grades reflecting knowledge, lab and field techniques.
3. (a) Course grade scale
(b) Course grade scale determined by faculty–objective and subjective.
(c) Course grade scales determined by faculty–objective and subjective; note curricula committees and FRC functions.

4. Student will develop science communication skills, primarily in writing and speaking. 4. (a) GB 752 Science Writing.
(b) Presentations in divisional seminars (GB 770 (2 hrs. credit, 2 hrs. non-credit)
4. (a) Course grade reflecting knowledge and writing.
(b) Diagnostic writing sample.
(c) Group evaluation of presentation–subjective.
4. (a) Course grade scale determined by faculty–objective and subjective.
(b) Faculty judgement of writing sample–subjective.
(c) Evaluation of seminars–subjective