STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
B.S./B.A. Chemistry Degree (ACS certified)
Graduates from the Chemistry degree program will have demonstrated:
understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental
findings in chemistry.
- an ability to solve problems in an efficient and
- an ability to employ critical thinking and hypothesis-driven
methods of scientific inquiry.
- a working knowledge of basic research
methodologies, data analysis and interpretation.
- effective written
and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit
complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
- the ability
to use computers for chemical simulation and computation, data acquisition,
and database usage.
- the ability to use instrumentation for chemical
analysis and separation.
- a familiarity with, and application of local,
state and federal safety and chemical hygiene regulations and practices.
appreciation of the importance and practice of good ethics.
- an ability
to work effectively in teams in both classroom and laboratory.
K-State Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge. Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge and apply
the methods of inquiry in a discipline of their choosing, and they
will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across their choice of varied
- Critical Thinking. Students will demonstrate the ability to access
and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations,
make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.
- Communication. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate
clearly and effectively.
- Diversity. Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding
of the skills necessary to live and work in a diverse world.
- Academic and Professional Integrity. Students will demonstrate awareness
and understanding of the ethical standards of their academic discipline
Summary of the 2008-2009 Annual Progress Report on
Assessment of Student Learning
The student learning outcomes that were assessed by the Chemistry Department for the academic year 2008-09 were, (i) an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry, (ii) an ability to solve problems in an efficient and accurate manner, and (iii) an ability to employ critical thinking and hypothesis-driven methods of scientific inquiry. After carefully reviewing the results from these learning outcomes, it was unanimously agreed by the chemistry faculty that the higher ACT-score prerequisite for enrollment in CHM 220 which was implemented in Fall 2008 worked very well and therefore will remain in place for Fall 2009. The assessment results also showed that problems arose for some students in CHM 210 due to inadequate preparation prior to taking the course and a chemistry placement exam may need to be implemented in the future. In 2009, our accrediting body praised the overall strength of our undergraduate program noting that we offer a strong core curriculum.
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