2019-2020 Biotechnology (BS) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Biology
Program: Biotechnology (BS)
Department Chair: iarsov
Department Assessment Coordinator: gmcneil
Program Coordinator:
Completed by: gmcneil
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/12/17 17:44:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

Biotechnology at York College is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with strong academic training in sciences and math with an emphasis on applied research and variety of laboratory experiences. This program promotes the development of critical and creative thinking and fosters collaboration and ethical values. Students receive strong foundations in biotechnology, genetics, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry while acquiring essential laboratory skills and learning research design and methods. They are also offered a chance to participate in independent research projects in research laboratories, familiarize with research technology and collaborative work and become leaders who will have a great impact in the global scientific community. These activities provide students with meaningful experiences which should enhance their future careers in a variety of laboratory settings including Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Agricultural and Food Industries. This program offers an excellent preparation for advanced careers in research (M.S. and Ph.D.) in various fields and provides a strong background for entry into medical, dental or pharmacy schools.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Students have basic technical laboratory skills to collect data and the ability to analyze data using appropriate statistical methods where required.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students design an experiment, identifying variables of analysis and appropriate controls to test a hypothesis or model using appropriate laboratory techniques.

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, BIO487

Sample Size

Undecided

Measure

Oral Presentation

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Students recognize and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students have basic technical lab skills to collect and analyze data using appropriate statistical methods

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

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Students recognize and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students apply appropriate lab technique and demonstrate protocol understanding and proficiency

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

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Outcome 4

Program Goal

Students recognize and are able to apply the scientific method.

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students identify appropriate common statistical methods to analyze data, including measures of significance

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

Undecided

Measure

Lab Report

Measure Type

Direct

Target

Proficient


Rationale for the Plan

We have chosen the above PGs/PSLOs in order for our students to develop essential skills required for any biologist, including the ability to design experiments, to collect raw data and to perform statistical analysis of results. Development of these skills should also help students understand research laboratory work flow and appreciate scientific methodology, research integrity, collaboration and the critical role of research in today’s society. The PGs/PSLOs are also design to stimulate Intellectual Discovery and Creativity and help students develop technical lab skills required in research.

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, Dr.Louis Levinger PLSO 2.2: Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil PLSO 2.3: Dr. Gerard McNeil, Dr. Louis Levinger, Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil PLSO 2.4: Dr. Lesley Emtage, Dr. Louis Bradbury, Dr. Margaret MacNeil