2019-2020 Physics (BS) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Earth and Physical Sciences
Program: Physics (BS)
Department Chair: tpaglione
Department Assessment Coordinator: jpopp
Program Coordinator: klynch
Completed by: jpopp
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/10/25 15:00:00 GMT-4

Program Mission

The mission of the Physics Discipline of York College - CUNY is to combine quality research, teaching, and service in order to inspire, educate and prepare our students to be productive contributors and leaders in their chosen field of physics and a wide range of allied disciplines; these disciplines and industry are our stakeholders. Furthermore, we maintain a rigorous program of training and seek to instill in students the culture of a rational, quantitative, data-based approach to analysis of any problem or situation. We provide high-quality and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate educational programs that help students acquire an appreciation of the physical world as understandable and explainable, and the power over our lives that it brings. The skills we teach have application to many of society’s needs. We provide opportunities for all students to advance the frontiers of knowledge through the creative research of faculty and students. Our discipline is focused on providing educational and scientific resources to the community as a whole.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Acquire physics topic-specific knowledge by gaining a practical understanding of how symmetry, probabilistic, and statistical principles lead to our understanding each area of physical phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Greater training in data analysis

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Integrity - Demonstrate integrity as a central value in all aspects of their engagement including learning, research and service.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Physics 113 & Physics 114

Sample Size

60

Measure

Lab reports

Measure Type

Direct

Target

minimum 70% skill mastery


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Acquire physics topic-specific knowledge by gaining a practical understanding of how symmetry, probabilistic, and statistical principles lead to our understanding each area of physical phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Analytical Problem solving skills

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Oral Communication

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Physics 115-118

Sample Size

100

Measure

Exams

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Expected level of performance: >70% mastery


Rationale for the Plan

Student lab performance has been an area of consistent low performance and unsupervised grading rubric.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Exams are designed to test skill mastery in such a way as to be aligned with the SLOs and PLOs. Physics 115 & 116 and Physics 117 & 118 exams will serve as the source of data.