M.S. in Computer Networks

Assessment Plan

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

PLO 1

Assessment questions that address SLO’s for courses that hit this PLO – CS 6525, 6526, 6560, 6580, 6591, 6592, 6596, 6715

Review results and pinpoint SLOs that are not being mastered.

Review assessment questions and modify as needed.

Review student outcomes

Modify as needed based on student outcomes

PLO 2

Assessment questions that address SLO’s for each course that addresses this PLO – CS 6320, 6522, 6591

Review results and pinpoint SLOs that are not being mastered.

Review assessment questions and modify as needed.

Review student outcomes

Modify as needed based on student outcomes

PLO 3

Assessment questions that address SLO’s for each course that addresses this PLO – CS 6320, 6522, 6560, 6580, 6592, 6596, 6715, 6899

Team reading of capstone projects from 6899 score for:  Exceeds, Meets, Does not meet PLO

Change curriculum to include modules on social responsibility and sustainability (ILO 3)

For CS 6591 and CS 6899

Review student outcomes

Modify as needed based on student outcomes

PLO 4

Assessment questions that address SLO’s for each course that addresses this PLO – CS 6525, 6526, 6591, 6592, 6594, 6596, 6715, 6899

Team reading of capstone projects from 6899 score for:  Exceeds, Meets, Does not meet PLO

Review assessment questions and modify as needed.

Review student outcomes

Modify as needed based on student outcomes

PLO 5

Assessment questions that address SLO’s for each course that addresses this PLO – CS 6525, 6526, 6560, 6594, 6899

Team reading of capstone projects from 6899 score for:  Exceeds, Meets, Does not meet PLO Second

Review assessment questions and modify as needed.

Review student outcomes

Modify as needed based on student outcomes

5-Year Program Review

Closing the Loop

We created PLO’s and SLO’s for the Master’s in Computer Networks in the academic year 2012-2013.  The Math/Computer Science Department in which this degree is housed made the decision to use Blackboard as a means to provide students with an assessment exam that addresses the SLO’s of each course which are mapped to PLOs for each program.  We have these in place for six courses in the MS Computer Networks program at this time.  The results of these exams are being stored in a separate Blackboard shell repository for the Department.  Evaluating the results of these exams is challenging, as each assessment contains questions for multiple PLO’s.  We are currently looking at averages over the entire exam which is suboptimal.  To evaluate by PLO hand calculations are needed.  We are considering other options such as creating individual assessments for each PLO thus allowing automatic calculation through Blackboard.  Another challenge is addressing PLOs for both the Computer Science Master’s degree and the Computer Network Master’s degree in courses that serve both degrees. 

This year we will add a second reading of Capstone projects by a team that does not include the instructor of the course.  Capstones will be scored as “Exceeds”, “Meets”, or “Does Not Meet” for PLOs 3-5.  A rubric is being developed to import into Blackboard.  We will also finish up our exams for the remaining courses in the program (6580, 6591, 6320, and 6522).  In evaluating our PLO’s and SLO’s and their correspondence to the ILO’s, we note that diversity, social responsibility, and sustainability are not adequately addressed in our curriculum.  We plan to incorporate these areas in two required courses: CS 6899 Capstone Project and CS 6591 Communications Network Analysis and Design. Our goal for this modification will be 2015.  Future work will include the review of student outcomes, tuning of questions that address the PLOs, and modification of the curriculum in an effort to improve student results.

2013-2014       Exam results 

CS 6526 -        average score 80%

CS 6560 -        average score 78%

CS6596           average score 97%

CS 6715          average score 50%  in 2013 up to 60% in Spring 2014

CS 6899 Capstone Project Review

CS 6899 Capstone Project addresses the following PLO’s:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills by analyzing problems, designing solutions, and evaluating results
  2. Demonstrate communication skills in both written and oral form, and work in a team environment
  3. Independently acquire new computer related skills through analysis of current computer science literature and industrial practices

Capstones were evaluated with the rubric below.  An average of the scores in each section was used as the final score for each Capstone project.  The average overall project score was 1.73.  Areas for improvement are general writing skills and evaluation of results.

Rate as 1= Excellent, 2 = Good, 3 = Poor

Introduction: Score _____

  • Identifies a meaningful research question
  • Hypothesis or approaches presented are aligned to the question.
  • The literature review is accurate and places the research question in proper context.
  • The introduction is written  in a manner that is accessible to both specialists and non-specialists in the field

 Results and Analysis  Methods: Score ____

  • Methods selected are appropriate to the research question
  • The Data collected are adequate in nature and quantity
  • Simulation has been tested
  • Data are thoughtfully and carefully analyzed

 Discussion and Conclusions: Score ____

  • Conclusions drawn are adequately supported by the data
  • Strengths and weaknesses in the work are discussed

 Mechanics:  Score____

  • standard grammatical constructs are followed

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