Physics, Astronomy & Engineering Science Assessment

Department Goals

  1. Teaching and Student Development Goals identified by the population served. These goals are cumulative, with goals added as the student’s progress further through the physics programs.

    University Students
    • explore the historical development of science,
    • teach quantitative reasoning skills,
    • convey the excitement of discovery,
    • help students appreciate the creative aspects of science,
    • help students understand the scientific process.
    Science Majors, in addition to all of the above,
    • prepare students for study in professional schools or the teaching profession,
    • provide a foundation in physical principles and quantitative methods,
    • teach students how to use experimental techniques to test theoretical models,
    • provide applications of physical models to real world problems.

    Engineering Majors, in addition to all of the above,

    • provide theoretical foundation for engineering models,
    • provide opportunities for advanced study in optics,
    • assist with senior design projects.

    Physics Majors, in addition to all of the above,

    • introduce the abstract models used in advanced physical theories,
    • provide a foundation for further study at the graduate level,
    • provide opportunity to participate with faculty in research,
    • inform students on the range of applications and opportunities in Physics and Astronomy.
  2. Community and Scientific Service Goals identified by the population served. Some goals apply to multiple groups.

    General Public

    • provide opportunities to learn more about science through public events, such as planetarium shows, open houses, presentations to civic groups,
    • provide scientific expertise in matters of public concerns, such as expert testimony or review of proposals for public funding.

    Educators and K-12

    • help teachers stay current with developments in physics, astronomy and science in general through workshops, presentations, colloquia and other activities,
    • show students the opportunities for study and careers in physics and astronomy through presentations, open house and other activities.

    University

    • support other departments through course offerings, consultation, and collaborative teaching and research.
      Industry
    • provide forums such as conferences for the exchange of information,
    • help make connections between students and industry through internships and collaborative projects,
    • support industry through consulting.

    Scientific Community

    • contribute to scientific progress through research and publication,
    • serve the scientific community through active membership in professional societies,
    • participate in the dissemination of knowledge through review and editing of publications and development of electronic information media.

Student Learning Outcomes

April 2006

All Students

  1. Students will make inferences and deductions based on knowledge of physics.
    • Content goals will be identified for each course, and be agreed upon by all faculty teaching the course.
  2. Students will demonstrate experimental and laboratory skills.
    • Appropriate experimental/laboratory skills will be identified for each course, and be agreed upon by all faculty teaching the course.

Physics Majors

  1. Students will communicate ideas and processes of physics, clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing.
  2. Students will demonstrate the processes and skills associated with physics research, including an integrated working knowledge of instrumentation and physical processes.

Nuclear Medicine Technology

  1. Integrate theory and research-based knowledge and skill from other disciplines and nuclear medicine technology into professional practice.
  2. Utilize heuristic thinking in the provision of care.
  3. Communicate effectively through active listening, oral, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  4. Access sources of information and remain current in the use of technology in nuclear medicine practice.
  5. Integrate standards of practice into the profession.
  6. Work as a team member to interface and interact with other health care providers.
  7. Integrate caring in interactions with patients.

Radiologic Technology

  1. Integrate theory and research-based knowledge and skill from other disciplines and radiological technology into professional practice.
  2. Utilize heuristic thinking in the provision of care.
  3. Communicate effectively through active listening, oral, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  4. Access sources of information and remain current in the use of technology in radiological practice.
  5. Integrate standards of practice into the profession.
  6. Work as a team member to interface and interact with other health care providers.
  7. Integrate caring in interactions with patients.

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