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Assessing general education science program learning outcome 3.5

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General education science program learning outcome 3.5 states that students will be able to:

Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.
This outcome serves institutional learning outcome eight quantitative reasoning where students will demonstrate the:

Ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

Taken together, the assessment for program learning outcome 3.5 ought to provide evidence of an ability to create data supported documents that communicate results of experiments performed using scientific methods. In science classes with a laboratory component, laboratory reports provide documentation of students engaging in gathering data, analyzing data, and discussing results. The laboratory reports may also include tables of da…

Assessing Learning in Ethnobotany

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SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany serves four program learning outcomes through three course level outcomes. The course serves learning outcomes in general education, the Micronesian studies program, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources program.

PLO SC/SS 115 CLO GE 3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science. 1. Identify local plants, their reproductive strategies, and morphology. GE 4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural issues of a person’s own culture and other cultures.

MSP 2 Demonstrate proficiency in the geographical, historical, and cultural literacy of the Micronesian region. 2. Communicate and describe the cultural use of local plants for healing, as food, as raw materials, and in traditional social contexts. ANR 2 Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production. 3. Demonstrate basic field work competencies related to management of culturally useful plant resources and foods. CLO 1Identify loc…

Ethnobotany field final examination photos

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Sandralynn in the lead, Vincent, Jade, Pelida, Darion, Johsper immediately behind. Terminalia catappa on the right.
Pelida in the lead coming out of the first portion of the final
Cinnamomum carolinense, Clayton on the left
Kiyoe, Shanaleen, Lizleen, Harriet, Darien, Shane
Shanaleen, Lizleen, Harriet, Darion
Cyrtosperma merkusii infloresencence: a new section of campus for the final
The last plants on the final. Kira to the left, May-me at center, and Lizleen by the Cocos nucifera
Shane, Jade, and Vincent between Artocarpus altilis and Saccharum officinarum
Sharisey
Shanaleen and Harriet rewrite their field notes

Assessing Learning in Physical Science

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SC 130 Physical Science proposes to serve two institutional learning outcomes (ILO) through four general education program learning outcomes (GE PLO) addressed by four course level student learning outcomes (CLO). This report assesses learning under the course level learning outcomes which in turn support program and institutional learning outcomes.

ILO 8. Quantitative Reasoning: ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

GE PLO SC 130 CLO 3.5 Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process. 1. Explore physical science systems through experimentally based laboratories using scientific methodologies 3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science. 2. Define and explain concepts, th…

Statistics course reactions

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An end of term survey in MS 150 Statistics surveyed 25 students in areas such as their favorite and least favorite presentations, attitude towards statistics, textbook usage, activities that contributed to learning, and obstacles to learning.

April presenting basic statistics
The course included seven data exploration based presentations during the term. The first presentation occurs on zero knowledge the first week of class and asks the students to explore statistics surrounding M&M candies. The seven presentations were:

Basic statistics: Mars and Murrie MMsBasic statistics plus charts: Heart rates, health, and the impact of exerciseRegressions: Bouncing super balls and the correlation of bounce height to drop heightInferential statistics: FiboBelly ratios hypothesis testOpen exploration requiring basic statistics: Round island Ekiden relay runOpen exploration requiring regression for a paired data: Carbon dioxide versus temperature on PohnpeiOpen exploration requiring inferential …

Assessing Learning in Introductory Statistics

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MS 150 Statistics is an introductory statistics course with a focus on statistical operations and methods. The course is guided by the 2007 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE), the spring 2016 draft GAISE update, and the ongoing effort at the college to incorporate authentic assessment in courses. A history of the evolution open data open data exploration exercises and associated presentations as authentic assessment in the course was covered in a May report

Suzanne presents her statistical analysis to the class
Three course level student learning outcomes currently guide MS 150 Introduction to Statistics: Perform basic statistical calculations for a single variable up to and including graphical analysis, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing against an expected value, and testing two samples for a difference of means.Perform basic statistical calculations for paired correlated variables.Engage in data exploration and analysis using appropriate…