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Physics Assessment

Learning Outcomes & Assessment    Improvement Activities

B.S. Physics

Learning Outcome How Assessed When
1. (Knowledge) - Knowledge of core principles in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, and modern physics. Learning assessment by committee will assess data provided by faculty of respective courses. This data will include (a) overall grade distribution of the class, (b) students responses to specific questions, (c) comprehensive objective questions, and (d) exit surveys. After careful review of the data the Assessment Committee will create standardized rating forms to be used for the evaluation of each of the learning outcomes. End of semester. Upon graduation
2. (Critical-thinking) - Ability to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant principles and facts in problem solving. Faculty will assess the laboratory reports and oral presentations of each student with a standardized form. End of semester or at the end of the completion of the senior research project
3. (Research) - An understanding of research methodology in physics. Each faculty member directing a student's research project completes an evaluation of appropriate student learning and reports the results to the Committee. End of semester or at the end of the completion of the senior research project
4. (Communication) - The ability to effectively communicate scientific results in both oral and written reports. Analysis of selected problems in examination. End of semester or at the end of the completion of the senior research project
5. (Technology) - The ability to use computers for data analysis, literature search, scientific writing, and the ability to use other specialized research equipment. Each faculty member directing a student's research project completes an evaluation of appropriate student learning and reports the results to the Committee. End of semester or at the end of the completion of the senior research project
6. (Collaboration) - The ability to collaborate with other students in and out of the laboratory and during problem-solving. Each faculty member directing a research project or advanced laboratory is provided with an assessment sheet with emphasis on students collaborative efforts. End of the research project or laboratory.

M.S. Physics

Learning Outcome How Assessed When
1. (Knowledge) - Mastery of core principles in classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, and statistical mechanics. The Learning Assessment Committee will assess data provided by faculty of respective courses. This data will include (a) overall grade distribution of the class, (b) students responses to specific questions, (c) comprehensive objective questions, and (d) exit surveys. After careful review of the data the Assessment Committee will create standardized rating forms to be used for the evaluation of each of the learning outcomes. End of semester or upon graduation
2. (Critical-thinking) - Ability to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant principles and facts in problem solving and in research design. Analysis of selected problems in each course and research topic. End of semester or thesis completion.
3. (Research) - An understanding of research methodology in physics. Successful execution of M.S. thesis or other independent study End of semester or at thesis completion.
4. (Communication) - The ability to effectively communicate scientific results in both oral and written reports, at scientific meetings, and in peer-reviewed journals. Faculty will assess the theses and oral presentations of each student with a standardized form. The Assessment Committee will examine the verbal and/or written feedback students received from peer-journal reviewers, peers at scientific meetings, and thesis committee members. End of semester or at the  completion of thesis / research project
5. (Technology) - The ability to use computers for data analysis, literature search, scientific writing, and the ability to use other specialized research equipment. Each faculty member directing a student's research project completes an evaluation of appropriate student learning and reports the results to the Committee. End of semester or at the completion of thesis research.
6. (Collaboration) - The ability to collaborate with other students and professional peers in and out of the laboratory and during problem-solving. Each faculty member directing a research project or advanced laboratory is provided with an assessment sheet with emphasis on students collaborative efforts. End of thesis research.

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