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Cell and Molecular Biology, BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome F Oral Communication (undergraduate)

Students will effectively communicate scientific observations, analyses, and arguments in oral presentations
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The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Develop content appropriate to the presentation.
• Organize the content in a logical manner appropriate for the intended audience.
• Demonstrate effective formal presentation skills.
Objective 1 Students will be able to give an oral presentation, describing their original research, at a level appropriate for a scientific conference.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
In April, 2018, all CMB students registered for the capstone course participated in the student-organized, two-day, CMB symposium. All presentations were assessed with a rubric modified from the general education oral presentation rubric. The average score was 2.9 with a standard deviation of 0.2. This year there were more students participating and the presentations were generally of an even higher quality than last year.

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Our initial scores for oral presentations, mean = 2.64±0.50 (n=17), at the symposium were above our selected threshold but below our target. We expect scores to increase with increased instructional focus on the presentations as well as improved presentations in the future by students who have seen the presentations evaluated here.

Outcome I Written Communication (undergraduate)

Students will effectively communicate scientific observations, analyses, and arguments in a written format typically required by professionals in fields related to cell and molecular biology.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Develop content that is appropriate to a specific disciplinary or professional context, drawing upon relevant sources.
• Organize written material to suit the purposes of the document and meet the needs of the intended audience.
• Express ideas using language that meets the needs and expectations of the intended audience.
• Use conventions of grammar, punctuation, usage, formatting, and citation appropriate to the specific writing situation.
Objective 1 Students will be able to write a research paper, including appropriately documented citations, which could be submitted to a scientific journal.
Objective 2 Students will be able to maintain a useful laboratory notebook appropriate for documenting research in the life sciences

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
The mean score for the notebooks of all 19 students who completed CMB 426 in the 2017 academic year was 2.8. The mean score was lower than the previous year but still above the target for this measure.

2016 Status
Achieved
All seventeen students who completed CMB 426 scored at the "satisfies" level on the evaluation of their laboratory notebooks, exceeding the target for this measure.

Outcome J CMB content mastery

Students will demonstrate mastery of the principles and concepts of cell and molecular biology.
Objective 1 Upon completion of the CMB curriculum, the graduating capstone students as a class, will score above the 80th percentile in a nationally-normed exam, or exam subsection, which measures content mastery in subjects related to cell and molecular biology.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
In April 2017 , all graduating CMB majors took the nationally-normed Biology Major Fields Test. As a group, they scored in the 97th and 98th percentile in The Cell Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics subscores, respectively. The same students scored in the 99th, 94th and 99th percentile in Biochemistry and Cell Energetics; Cellular Structure, Organization, Function; and Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics Assessment Indicators, respectively. Our students have again far exceeded our goal of scoring in the 85th percentile.

2016 Status
Achieved
In April 2016, all graduating CMB majors took the nationally-normed Biology Major Fields Test. As a group, they scored in the 99th and 99th percentile in The Cell Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics subscores, respectively. The same students scored in the 98th, 99th and 99th percentile in Biochemistry and Cell Energetics; Cellular Structure, Organization, Function; and Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics Assessment Indicators, respectively. Our students have exceeded our goal of scoring in the 85th percentile.

Outcome K Investagative ability

Students will demonstrate an ability to investigate processes at the molecular, cellular, organ or organismal level using diverse scientific approaches.
Objective 1 Before the completion of the degree, CMB students will present the results of their original research to the public.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
In April 2017 100% (17/17) of the students enrolled in the CMB capstone made a public oral presentation describing some aspect of their research.

2016 Status
Achieved
In April 2016, 100% of CMB students enrolled in the capstone course presented their research at the student-organized CMB symposium.

Outcome L Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning

By the end of they graduate CMB students will have mastered the ability to analyze quantitative data as measured by a nationally-normed exam given to life-science undergraduate majors across the country.
Objective 5 Upon completion of the CMB curriculum, students will score above the 80th percentile in a nationally-normed exam, or exam subsection, which measures Quantitative and Analytical skills compared to other life-science majors.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
In April 2017, all CMB majors registered for the capstone took the ETS major fields test. As a group they scored in the 90th percentile in Analytical and Quantitative reasoning.

2016 Status
Achieved
In April 2015 all CMB students registered for the capstone took the ETS Biology Major Fields Test. As a group they scored in the 97th percentile, surpassing by a wide margin the target.

Outcome M Life science content mastery

Students will demonstrate mastery of the principles and concepts of a broad range of the life sciences.
Objective 1 Upon completion of the CMB curriculum, the graduating capstone students as a class, will score above the 80th percentile in a nationally-normed exam, which measures a broad range of life science content.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
In April, 2017, all CMB students enrolled in the capstone course took the ETS biology major fields test and scored in the 94th percentile on the overall score which measures competence in the breadth of the life-sciences.

2016 Status
Achieved
In April 1996 all CMB majors in the capstone class took the ETS Biology major fields test. Compared with programs across the country, our class scored in the 97th percentile in the total range of topics from ecology to molecular biology. This result exceeded our target.