One of the findings from the previous assessments was that students at higher level classes do not maintain the lessons gained from the prior classes. In order to resolve the issue, the Chemistry Department held retreats to embed this finding into the classes that are conceptually connected in the curriculum map. The actions taken from the last assessment show mixed results. Thus the department will continue to assess these PLSOs, while revisiting the types of questions chosen from the exams and assignments for assessment.
This year, the Chemistry Department will continue to assess students’ ability to solve chemical problems through critical reasoning and the scientific method via Oucome 2.1. Therefore, the department chose Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (Chem 109), General Chemistry II (Chem 111), Physical Chemistry Thermodynamics (Chem 321) and Instrumental Analysis I (CHEM 341) to collect the data for this PSLO. For Outcome 2.2, for which students must demonstrate the ability to use data in literature and data collected in lab, Techniques of Organic Chemistry II (Chem 234), Instrumental Analysis II (Chem 342), and Physical-Inorganic Laboratory (CHEM 421) will be assessed. The assessment will be completed through class examinations and lab reports for direct measurement. At the same time, in order to move towards assessing all three Goals throughout the program, the department will begin developing a quiz to be administered to all students in the program. This quiz will be designed to address the specific PLSOs for each goal, and the same quiz will be given to all students so that progress in achieving the goals over the course of the program can be assessed. This quiz will eventually be administered on Blackboard.