Assessment Plan & Course Mapping

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Philosophy of Program Improvement

We understand that program assessment refers to the assessment of the academic degree plans that we offer. We further understand that our student learning effectiveness is enhanced through regular evaluations/assessments combined with a concerted effort to improve what we do.

What are the Intended Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)?

Each faculty member will identify course student learning outcomes (SLOs) that complement and support the following PLOs:

Goal 1 – Apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines

Goal 2 – Analyze and interpret data

Goal 3 – Work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams

Goal 4 – Make professional and ethical decisions

Goal 5 – Communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills

Goal 6 – Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning

Goal 7 – Assess contemporary issues

Goal 8 – Use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice

Goal 9 – Assess the national and international aviation environment

Goal 10 – Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems

Goal 11 – Apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues

Methods of Student Assessment

We will use a direct observation rubric and monitored testing to measure SLOs. Our four (4) major methods of assessment will be:

  1. Miami International Airport Internship – Each year, up to 10 students from the aviation department will have the opportunity to complete a 20-week internship with the Miami Dade Aviation Department. During this internship, the student will accomplish the following tasks:
    1. Develop an understanding of employment opportunities and responsibilities.
    2. Discover interests, refine skills and develop abilities in a realistic learning situation.
    3. Develop marketable skills for gainful employment.
    4. Develop the attitudes, work ethics, and skills necessary for job competency.
    5. Learn employable skills.

Each intern will receive a written and verbal evaluation by their immediate supervisor during the last week of their internship using a rubric developed by the Miami Dade Human Resources Department. They will be evaluated in 13 different categories and will receive a final rating of Superior  (1), Very Good (2) , Average (3), Marginal (4), or Poor (5).

  1. Cumulative General Knowledge Testing – A general knowledge test is created each year using approximately 150 questions from four (4) aviation core courses (Aviation History, Aviation Legislation, Flight Safety, and Intro to Aeronautics). From this bank, 100 random questions are generated to create a test. Incoming freshmen and graduating senior will be administered the same test.
  1. In Class Testing – During the course of the semester, students will be administered regular tests and at least one speaking and writing assignment.
  1. Aviation Capstone Course (AWS 450 – Senior Project in Aviation) – This course consists of a review of all aviation course work. The student will be required to complete a major aviation research paper/thesis, which must be presented before an audience of departmental faculty members. The oral/defense portion of the project will be graded with an Oral Communication Value Rubric created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  1. End of Course Reflections – Each course will be accessed via a written end of course evaluation. The instructor will identify selected student learning outcomes that were targeted to be assessed during the semester. The following information will be reported:
    1. Means of Assessment
    2. Criteria for Success
    3. Modifications Made to Course
    4. Results of Assessment
    5. Discussion and Action Plan for Improvement
    6. Grade Distribution

Frequency of Assessments

 Target  End of each semester when taught
 Courses  End of each semester when taught
 Program  End of each semester

 

 Core Student Learning Outcomes Assessments

Outcome Assessed In How Measured
G1. Applying mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines (6 credits) Quantitative Reasoning 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Written reports
G2. Analyzing and interpreting data (6 credits) Quantitative Reasoning 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Exit Exam
5. Written reports
G3. Working effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams All General Courses 1. Testing
2. Simulations
3. Written reports
G4. Making professional and ethical decisions (3 credits) Religion 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Written reports
G5. Communicating effectively, using both written and oral communication skills - (12 credits) Communications
- All General Courses
1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G6. Recognizing the need for life-long learning All General Courses 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G7. Assessing contemporary issues - (3 credits) Health
- (6 credits) Natural Sciences
- (3 credits) Social Sciences
- (3 credits) History/Government
1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Written reports
G8. Using techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice - (12 credits) Communications
- All General Courses
1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G9. Assessing the national and international aviation environment - (12 credits) Communications
- (3 credits) Social Sciences
- (3 credits) History/Government
1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G10. Applying pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems - (12 credits) Communications
- All General Courses
1. Course Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Exit Exam
G11. Applying knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues - (12 credits) Communications 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations

 

List the aviation core outcomes (AABI 201, Criteria 2.3.2 [1-6] for associate, 3.3.2 [1-6] for baccalaureate, and 4.3.2 for graduate programs) and state how they are measured.

Outcome Assessed In How Measured
G1. Applying mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines - AWS 240/415/450/498/499 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Written reports
G2. Analyzing and interpreting data - AWS 232/415/450/498/499 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Exit Exam5. Written reports
G3. Working effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams - AWS 320/351/395/390
- AWS 415/498/499
1. Testing
2. Simulations
3. Written reports
G4. Making professional and ethical decisions - AWS 232/310/320/351
- AWS 390/395/415/450
- AWS 498/499
- AHS 302
1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Written reports
G5. Communicating effectively, using both written and oral communication skills - ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G6. Recognizing the need for life-long learning - ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G7. Assessing contemporary issues - AWS 232/310/320/351
- AWS 390/395/415/450
- AWS 498/499
1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Written reports
G8. Using techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice - ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G9. Assessing the national and international aviation environment - AWS 320/390/395/310
- AWS 420/418/415/450/351
- AHS 302
- SAF 241
1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G10. Applying pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems - AWS 232/415/450/498/499 1. Course Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Exit Exam
G11. Applying knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues - AWS 351 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations

Program Learning Outcomes Assessments

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to function effectively in technical, administrative, supervisory, and managerial positions in the aerospace industry.
  • Students will demonstrate a mastery of the technical nature of the aerospace industry and the interfaces that exists between and among technology, human, and other resources.

 

Methods used to measure student outcomes

Outcome Assessed In How Measured
G1. Applying mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines MAT 110/111/205; AWS 201/240/415/450/498/499 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Written reports
G2. Analyzing and interpreting data REA101; MAT110/111/205; AWS 232/415/450/498/499; BUS 211/344/361;FIN301;MAR301; ACC 211 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Exit Exam
5. Written reports
G3. Working effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams AWS 320/351/395/390/415/498/499; BUS 211/361 1. Testing
2. Simulations
3. Written reports
G4. Making professional and ethical decisions AWS 232/310/320/351/390/395/415/450/498/499; BUS 211/344/361; AHS 302 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Simulations
4. Written reports
G5. Communicating effectively, using both written and oral communication skills ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G6. Recognizing the need for life-long learning ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G7. Assessing contemporary issues AWS 232/310/320/351/390/395/415/450/498/499; BUS 211/344/361; AHS 302 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Written reports
G8. Using techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice ALL COURSES 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G9. Assessing the national and international aviation environment AWS 320/390/395/310/420/418/415/450/351; AHS 302; SAF 241 1. Oral presentations
2. Written reports
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Testing
G10. Applying pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems REA101; MAT110/111/205; AWS 232/415/450/498/499; BUS 211/344/361;FIN301;MAR301; ACC 211 1. Course Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations
4. Exit Exam
G11. Applying knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues AWS 351; MAR 301ACC 211; FIN 311 1. Testing
2. Oral presentations
3. Internship Evaluations

Data Review & Action Plan

  • Miami International Airport Internship

Student evaluation reports will be reviewed by the Chair of the Department of Aviation & Safety. A debriefing session will be scheduled with each student.  At this meeting, the Chair will discuss the final rating results with special emphasis on ratings of “Average” or below. In addition, each student will be required to submit a written report outlining their lessons learned; any obstacles they had to overcome; and any areas where we could have better prepared them for the internship.  This information will become a part of the student’s permanent file and will be used to prepare future internship candidates.

  • Cumulative General Knowledge Testing  (CGKT)The results of the CGKT will be reviewed by each member of the aviation faculty. As it relates to seniors, this data will provide a measure of learning retention and will also identify areas that require additional emphasis or perhaps a different method of presentation.  Faculty members will provide a written response to the three (3) questions listed below:
    • How will you use these results to improve the program?
    • What is your rationale for your actions in question #1?
    • What are your recommendations for the testing instrument or the overall assessment plan?
  • In Class Testing

Students will be administered the standard monitored/in class tests as well as speaking and writing assignment during the semester.

  • Aviation Capstone Course (AWS 450 – Senior Project in Aviation) –

At least 75% of the students completing this course will earn a combined score of not less than 80%. (No less than 60% on their thesis and no less than 15% on the presentation/defense). The oral/defense portion of the project will be graded with an Oral Communication Value Rubric created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities