Student Learning Outcomes & Objectives

Assessment Plan, Data, Analysis, & Programmatic Response

Student Learning Objectives and Assessment

At the completion of the Masters of Science degree in the Biological Sciences Department, a graduate will have acquired:

  • A broad background in general areas of biology, as well as a more specific understanding of selected topics pertaining to their research interests.
  • The skills to conduct original scientific research.

Graduate students will gain specific skills and knowledge in the following areas:

Learning Objectives

Assessment

Demonstrate knowledge in areas of biology relevant to selected research interests.

Students complete written examinations, research projects, and lab practica.

Identify research questions on a contemporary issue in biology, and critically analyze the relevant literature.

Preparation and presentation of an oral thesis research proposal, and approval of the proposal by the Thesis Committee.

Develop specific hypotheses pertaining to a research problem.

Preparation and oral defense of a written thesis.

Devise and conduct experiments to test hypotheses.

Preparation and oral defense of a written thesis.

Demonstrate mastery of the methodology and techniques specific to the field of study.

Preparation and oral defense of a written thesis.

Statistically analyze and interpret research data.

Preparation and oral defense of a written thesis.

Discuss, both orally and in writing, the relevance of their research data to the original hypotheses and to the general field of interest.

Preparation and oral defense of a written thesis.

Much of the above is the original work of the Department of Biology, University of San Francisco, and is used here with the kind permission of the Department Chair (May 15, 2006).

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