Student Learning Outcomes
and Core Competencies

SLO's: Division Progress

Anthropology SLO's

       Anthro SLOs.docx    Anthro SLOs.doc

Astronomy

        AST V01 SLO.docx    AST V01 SLO.doc  Astronomy V01 SLO Sp10.docx

 Biological Sciences SLO's

         Biology V01 SLO.pdf

         Biology V03.doc

Chemistry SLO's

        Chemistry SLOs.docx    Chemsistry SLOs.doc

Computer Science

Engineering SLO's

Environmental Science and Resource Management

Geo Sciences SLO's

        GEOSCI_SLOs May 2009.docx    Geosciences SLOs.doc

Math: If you go to the Math web site http://academic.venturacollege.edu/mbowen/mathdept/ and click on “detailed course data” under the header “information for instructors” you will find the catalog description of the course, student learning outcomes, core competencies, lead instructor, textbook information, course coverage requirements (when provided by the lead instructor), and contact information for the textbook rep.

Physics

Physiology

        PHSO V01.doc

Annual Student Learning Outcomes Review

Student Learning Outcomes- Rubric Worksheet

2007 SLO's

Anat V01

1.      Describe the important tissues of the human body and predict the relationship between their characteristics and applications in human anatomy, with emphasis on the relationship between form and function.

2.      Identify the gross and histological components of each of the organ systems in the human body.

Anph V01

1.      Describe the important tissues of the human body and predict the relationship between their characteristics and applications in human anatomy, with emphasis on the relationship between form and function.

2.      Identify the gross and histological components of each of the organ systems in the human body.

3.      Identify the mechanisms by which positive and negative feedback mechanisms contribute to homeostasis and predict the physiological effect of applying stresses to critical homeostatic mechanisms in the human body.

Anth  Fall 2006

Astronomy Course Level SLOs

ASTV01 online SLO.doc

ASTV01 SLO.doc

ASTV01L SLO.doc

Biol V01

1.      Describe relevant biological concepts in everyday life.

2.      Apply critical thinking skills in recognizing the impacts of biology in the society.

3.      Identify the relationships among chemicals, cells, and organisms.

Biol V01L

1.      Use scientific instruments effectively.

2.      Use the scientific method to conduct experiments.

3.      Identify the relationships among chemicals, cells, and organisms.

Biol V03

1.      Characterize major groups of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and arrange them within currently recognized taxa.

2.      Explain the basic anatomy and physiological functions of flowering plants and animals (primarily mammals).

3.      Characterize interactions among organisms and between organisms and the environment.

Biol V04

1.      Explain the organization, regulation, and transmission of genetic information at the molecular level.

2.      Identify and describe cell structures and explain their functions.

3.      Describe the structures of representative biological molecules and relate structures to functions.

4.      Explain the principles and mechanisms of microevolution and macroevolution.

5.      Plan and execute a particular experimental procedure, collect data, graph and analyze data, derive conclusions from these data, and report these findings using standard scientific format.

Biol 12

1.      Identify and describe human cell structures, including DNA, and explain their functions.

2.      Describe the normal functions of the major organ systems of the human body, including how homeostasis is maintained.

3.      Describe human interactions with the environment.

Biol 14

            1. Identify and classify common plants and animals and how they relate in their natural environment.

            2. Use various sampling methods on plants, animals and environmental surroundings within an
            ecosystem to determine interactions within a community.

            3. Use critical thinking skills in evaluating information gathered through experts in Field Biology

Biol V29

        1.    Recognize the interplay of phylogeny and environmental adaptation in marine organisms.

        2.    Apply critical thinking skills and an understanding of the scientific method to marine science stories in the public media.

        3.    Identify human impacts on the marine environment and discuss various perspectives and proposals for addressing them.

Biol V30

1.      Describe the central theory of molecular biology and be able to relate it to the practices and products of a biotechnology company.

2.      Critically read and analyze standard scientific formatted literature including experimental procedure(s), data and conclusions.

Biol V31

1.      Describe common procedures and techniques used in biotechnology.

2.      Plan and execute a particular experimental procedure, collect data, graph and analyze data, derive conclusions from these data, and report these findings using standard scientific format.

 

Biol V32

1.      Describe common procedures and techniques used in plant biotechnology.

2.      Plan and execute a particular experimental procedure, collect data, graph and analyze data, derive conclusions from these data, and report these findings using standard scientific format.

Biot V30

1.      Describe the central theory of molecular biology and be able to relate it to the practices and products of a biotechnology company.

2.      Critically read and analyze standard scientific formatted literature including experimental procedure(s), data and conclusions.

Biot V31

1.      Describe common procedures and techniques used in biotechnology.

2.      Plan and execute a particular experimental procedure, collect data, graph and analyze data, derive conclusions from these data, and report these findings using standard scientific format.

  Biot V32

1.      Describe common procedures and techniques used in plant biotechnology.

2.      Plan and execute a particular experimental procedure, collect data, graph and analyze data, derive conclusions from these data, and report these findings using standard scientific format.

Chem V01A:

1.      Balance Chemical equations and solve general Chemistry problems by applying the scientific method including developing hypotheses, hypotheses testing and evaluation.

2.      Calculate quantities involving Chemical equations including using Chemical symbols, IUPAC nomenclature, balancing reactions and stoichiometry.

3.      Use Chemical concepts such as enthalpy, VSEPR theory, changes of state, and colligative properties to determine the physical properties of substances.

Chem V01AL:

1.      Understand laboratory procedures, safety, scientific method and lab notebook recording.

      2.      Understand the concepts of random error, systematic error, precision and accuracy, and their relationship to significant figures.

     3.      Master Chemical laboratory techniques such as measurement, determination of density, pipetting, titration, and spectroscopy.

 Chem V01B

1.      Use kinetic data to formulate chemical mechanisms and analyze the results using thermodynamic arguments.

2.      Determine relative properties of elements using periodic trends and apply that knowledge to chemical systems.

3.      Use chemical concepts such as enthalpy, VSEPR theory, changes of state, and colligative properties.

         

Chem V01BL

1.      Evaluate a chemical reaction system to determine how chemical equilibria will be altered by changes in temperature, concentration, or pressure by applying LeChatelier's principle

2.      Experiment with rate dependence on temperature and calculate activation energy from experimental data analysis.

3.      Test common hydrocarbons and organic compounds to identify what funcional groups are present.

Chem  V10

1.      Calculate mass, volume, and length and compare the suitability of measuring devices and their relative precision.

2.      Balance simple Chemical equations and make calculations using stoichiometric arguments.

3.      Identify formulas and names of common elements and the simple molecules.

Chem V10L

1.      Make calculations on data using the metric system, conversions, significant figures and scientific notation.

2.      Distinguish between the use of chromatography, dialysis, filtration, and differential solubilities to separate and analyze mixtures.

3.      Measure using mass, volume, and length measuring devises properly and use their relative precision to determine significant figures.


Chem V12A

1.      Categorize, arrange and assemble structures of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes alkyl halides, alicyclics, alcohols, ethers and aromatics using IUPAC, derived and common systems of nomenclature.

2.      Examine, evaluate and formulate mechanisms for the reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols and aromatics given reactant and target compounds. They will also be required to propose alternate steps in reaction mechanisms for common reactions.

3.      Examine, evaluate and formulate appropriate multi-step synthetic pathways leading to target compounds involving alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols and aromatics.

4.      Evaluate spectra (infrared, mass, HNMR, CNMR, UV) to formulate structures for organic compounds involving alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols and aromatics.

Chem V12AL

1.      Synthesize simple organic molecules using modern reaction techniques and analyze the success of each synthesis on the basis of gravimetric, spectroscopic, and chromatographic evidence and physical properties.

2.      Analyze unknown substances using qualitative Chemical tests and to confirm the analysis using the interpretation of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy.

Chem V12B

1.      Synthesize organic molecules using modern reaction techniques and analyze the success of each synthesis on the basis of gravimetric, spectroscopic, and chromatographic evidence and physical properties.

2.      Analyze unknown substances using qualitative Chemical tests and to confirm the analysis using the interpretation of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy.

 

Chem V20

1.      Solve quantitative Chemistry problems using various mathematical procedures including dimensional analysis and algebraic equations, and demonstrate clear reasoning in their work.

2.      Explain the basic structure of atoms and molecules and describe how atoms combine to form compounds.

3.      Describe how the structure of atoms and molecules leads to the macroscopic properties of a material such as reactivity, boiling point, melting point, and polarity.

4.      Analyze, predict, and represent Chemical changes using knowledge of Chemical formulas, solubility rules, periodic trends, stoichiometry, and Chemical equations


Chem V20L

  1. Perform laboratory techniques correctly following written protocols and using appropriate safety procedures.

2.      Evaluate sources of error, and their effect on experiment results

  1. Perform careful and accurate laboratory measurements and correlate these measurements with   scientific laws, and the properties of substances.

 

CHEM V21:

1.      Solve organic and bioChemistry problems by applying the scientific method including developing hypotheses, hypotheses testing and evaluation.

2.      Know the IUPAC names and the structures of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, thiols, benzene and aromatic compounds, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amides, acid anhydrides and polyfunctional molecules.

3.      Understand the process of DNA replication, transcription, translation, mutation and polymerase chain reaction; as well as the processes of catabolism and anabolism.

  CHEMV21L:

1.      Understand laboratory procedures, safety, scientific method and lab notebook recording.

2.      Master techniques for organic Chemistry reactions, synthesis, chromatography and quantitative analysis.

3.      Master bioChemical laboratory procedures for isolating and identifying DNA.

  Chem V30

1.      Describe the structure and composition of matter, and use knowledge of the particulate structure of matter in order to predict and explain macroscopic properties.

2.      Solve quantitative Chemistry problems using dimensional analysis and algebraic equations involving the mole, pH, unit conversions, and other concepts.

3.      Classify organic molecules, predict their properties based on their formula and structure, and represent their characteristic reactions.

Chem V30L

  1. Perform laboratory techniques correctly following written protocols and using appropriate safety procedures.

2.      Analyze the results of laboratory experiments quantitatively.

3.      Perform experiments with organic compounds and use the results of these experiments to classify, and predict the behavior of organic compounds.

Engineerin SLOs

Engr V01.doc

Engr V12.doc

Engr V16.doc

Engr V16L.doc

Engr V18.doc

Engr V02.doc

Engr V03.doc

Engr V05A.doc

Engr V05B.doc

Geosciences Student Learning Outcomes

MATH Student Learning Outcomes.doc

Micro V01

  1. Student knows and can apply microbiology and immunology terms and concepts to   microbiological problems.
  2. Student understands and can compare and contrast taxonomy, biological significance, genetics, and metabolism of microorganisms
  3. Follow laboratory protocols and perform microbiologic lab skills, including microscopy, staining, and culturing of microorganisms.

Physical Science Course Level SLOs

PHSC SLO.doc

Phso V01

1.      Collect, accurately record and analyze data from laboratory experiments, distinguish between meaningful and invalid data, and formulate valid conclusions consistent with that data.

2.      Identify the mechanisms by which positive and negative feedback mechanisms contribute to homeostasis and predict the physiological effect of applying stresses to critical homeostatic mechanisms in the human body.

3.      Identify and predict the relationship between the properties of various physiologically-significant macromolecules and simple organic molecules and their application to normal physiological mechanisms. 

Physics Course Level SLOs

PhysVO1 SLO.doc

PhysVO2A SLO.doc

PhysVO2AL SLO.doc

PhysVO2B SLO.doc

PhysVO2BL SLO.doc

PhysVO3A SLO.doc

PhysVO3AL SLO.doc

PhysVO3B SLO.doc

PhysVO3BL SLO.doc

PhysVO4 SLO.doc

PhysVO4L SLO.doc

PhysVO5 SLO.doc

PhysVO5L SLO.doc

PhysVO6 SLO.doc

PhysVO6L SLO.doc

 Link to the Core Competencies on the Campus Server

 

The following are the Core Competencies for all Chemistry courses. As instructors put the Core Competencies for their courses in non-.pdf format for me, I will include them here for all to use.

Students must be able to:

    Read, retain, and apply published ideas
    Employ vocabulary of the subject studied
    Become proficient in a second language namely the language of chemistry
    Recognize need for information; clarify the question to be answered
    Find and interpret relevant information
    Utilize data to draw conclusions or to create new information
    Use technology to acquire and process information
    Apply lessons from the past or learned knowledge to new situations
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    Approach problems by choosing from variety of mathematical techniques
    Recognize a problem; devise and implement a plan of action
    Work effective as a leader or participant in group settings
    Exhibit personal, professional, and academic honesty
    Display behavior consistent with ethical standards within a discipline
    Work as an effective member of a team
    Demonstrate etiquette in face-to-face and written communications
    Use language as appropriate to the situation
    Apply time management skills to complete a task.