Geology B.A.E. Outcome Assessment

Program outcomes –B.A. in Education, Earth Science (elementary or secondary)

A. List of program outcomes

Cognitive outcomes

Our students will have a deep understanding of the following foundational geologic principles:

  1. Earth has a history of biological and physical change over billions of years
  2. Earth's surface is affected by dynamic processes on a range of timescales (e.g. erosion, deposition, volcanic activity, earthquakes)
  3. Earth's composition varies and these compositions provide the raw materials for the rock cycle
  4. The Earth's interior is dynamic and drives plate tectonics
  5. Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet
  6. Geology and society are fundamentally inter-related

Skills

Our BA in Education students will have critical skillsrequired by an Earth Science-focused pre-serviceteacher education, appropriate for careers in teaching in elementary, middle, or high school.

  1. Graduates have developed their observational, analytical and quantitative skills (particularly classroom and computer).
  2. Graduates can create maps and understand what they tell us about the Earth
  3. Graduates will be able to apply physics, chemistry, and mathematics concepts to the study ofEarth1
  4. Graduates (alone or in teams) will be able to present geological information clearly

B. Outcomes Assessment Matrix

The department has chosen one or two courses in which to assess each of the eightprogram outcomes. The matrix below shows which courses are chosen for such assessment(red), yellow boxes indicate courses in which the program outcome is addressed but not assessed departmentally.

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check_circle_outline This course chosen for this outcome assessment

check This course addresses this program outcome, but it is not addressed departmentally

Geology B.A. in Education Cognitive Outcomes by Course Number
Outcome 211 212 213 252 310 306-406
or 311
340 How Assessed
1. Earth has a history of biological and physical change over billions of years check check_circle_outline   check check check check Quizzes and exams that cover the geological time scale will be used to assess the mastery of concepts important to Earth history, including an understanding of "deep time"- Quiz scores over the past several years average 90%
2. Earth's surface is affected by dynamic processes on a range of timescales (e.g. erosion, deposition, volcanic activity, earthquakes) check check check check check_circle_outline check check Track grades on the Air Photo Analysis Lab Assignment
3. Earth's composition varies and these compositions provide the raw materials for the rock cycle check         check_circle_outline check Two assessments: First, track lab test grades (igneous lab exam and metamoprhic lab exam). Second, choose a subset of samples for which students must provide more detailed answers about rock formation (origin, source, protolith if applicable, plate tectonic environment, etc.) and linking related rocks through the rock cycle
4. The Earth's interior is dynamic and determines evolution of continental and oceanic plates check_circle_outline         check check Scores on appropriate exam questions and plate tectonics labs
5. Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet check check_circle_outline   check check check check Track grades on cross section labs
6. Geology and society are fundamentally inter-related check check   check check_circle_outline check check Track grades on the Humans as Geomorphic Agents Problem Set and one online discussion of the McPhee Control of Nature book.
Skills by Course Number
Skill 211 212 213 252 310 306-406
or 311
340 How Assessed
1. Graduates have developed their observational, analytical and quantitative skills (particularly classroom and computer)     check_circle_outline check check check check Track grades in a final course project
2. Graduates can create maps and understand what they tell us about the Earth check   check_circle_outline   check     Students in the GIS class identify and analyze spatial data, and portray those results on maps. Student scores on final map and cross-sections will be used for this outcome.
3. Graduates will be able to apply physics, chemistry, and mathematics concepts to the study of Earth Systems       check_circle_outline check   check Student grades on a lab on atmospheric stability, condensation, and precipitation.
4. Graduates (alone or in groups) will be able to present geological information clearly in written, graphic, and oral forms         check   check_circle_outline Track grades on an in-cass activity where students observe and describe the physical characteristics of marine sediment cores, and create a map showing the distribution of the primary sediment lithologies in the ocean. Students will also come up with and present hypotheses to explain the lithologies shown on their map.