2019-2020 Biology (BS) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Biology
Program: Biology (BS)
Department Chair: iarsov
Department Assessment Coordinator: gmcneil
Program Coordinator:
Completed by: gmcneil
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/12/17 17:30:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

The Biology Department at York College strives to prepare our students as passionate and critical scientists and provide them with the opportunity to explore the science of life, within the tradition of the liberal arts. Our program will help them develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and technical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world as they pursue exciting careers in the biological sciences. We also believe that research is a cornerstone of active learning and our students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in various research activities throughout their studies. They will develop abilities to acquire and critically interpret relevant information from reliable sources, to formulate scientific arguments, to master important laboratory techniques and statistical methods used in modern research, and to engage and communicate with the scientific community. We also seek to develop a transformative, experiential learning environment which fosters multi- cultural and ethical values helping our students to become competent, competitive leaders who will have a great impact in the global scientific community. We offer two programs of study, Biology (B.S. and B.A) and Biotechnology (B.S). B.A. in Biology will allow students to get a Biology degree with a more extensive exposure to liberal arts than B.S. In addition, the Biology Department and Teacher Education Program together offer a Secondary Education Certification Program in Biology.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Students understand and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students will be able to articulate their hypothesis or question.

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

BIO201, BIO300s, BIO486-489

Sample Size

BIO201: 240; BIO300s: 40; BIO486-489:45

Measure

Oral Presentation

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Dependent on student level. Proficiency should increase as students progress from Bio 201 to Seminar 486-489.


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Students understand and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students will be able to make reasonable predictions based on a hypothesis or model

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

BIO300s, BIO400s

Sample Size

120

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Students understand and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students will be able to explain and/or propose an experiment with appropriate controls to test a hypothesis or model

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

BIO201, BIO300s, BIO486-489

Sample Size

BIO201: 240; BIO300s: 40; BIO486-489:45

Measure

Oral Presentation

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 4

Program Goal

Students understand and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students will be able to relate the results of an experiment to their hypothesis and prediction.

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

BIO300s, BIO400s

Sample Size

120

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Rationale for the Plan

The above PGs/PSLOs were chosen in order for our students to understand the steps of the scientific method, which include hypothesis articulation, prediction and hypothesis testing. The PGs/PSLOs should help them understand the connection between experimental design and hypothesis testing and provide proper experimental controls. The PGs/PSLOs were also designed to encourage Intellectual Discovery and Creativity and provide solid scientific foundation for an aspiring biology researcher.

Data Collection and Evaluation

The data will be collected at the end of both Fall and Spring semesters and the department’s assessment committee will evaluate, analyze and interpret the data for the academic year. The results will be presented to the department chair and discussed with the entire faculty to develop an action plan for the following academic year.

Faculty members collecting data for the following PLSOs: PLSO 2.1: Dr. Gerard McNeil, Dr. Margaret MacNeil, Dr. Laura Beaton PLSO 2.2, 2.3, 2.4: Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil