STUDENT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT PLAN University of Northern Iowa Department of Industrial Technology Bachelor of Science: Electrical and Information Engineering Technology I. Departmental Philosophy of Outcomes Assessment: The two primary goals of the Department of Industrial Technology are to provide quality degree programs designed to prepare (1) management-oriented technical professionals for careers in goods producing industries and related technical service areas and (2) to prepare education professionals (teachers and teacher educators) for industrial technology related programs in secondary and post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities. The purpose of student outcomes assessment in the Department of Industrial Technology is to provide assurance that the various curricular programs within the department achieve the above goals. This is especially important in view of the ever changing needs of students within a society characterized by dynamic changes in technology. The information obtained from assessments will not be used for student evaluation nor for determining graduation eligibility. It will, rather, be used to enhance the students’ total educational experience at the university. Staff development, instructional methods improvement, equipment acquisition, and facilities modification and/or construction are some of the desired results. The overall philosophy and goals of the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology major are encompassed in the mission statement for the area. This mission is to assist students in developing their inherent potential of individual cognitive and affective capabilities. This will enable the graduate with the Bachelor of Science to experience positive accomplishments in both the professional and private areas of life. The primary goals of the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology program are to provide an educational experience for the graduates which prepare them for: Engineering technology professions in technical fields of services and products requiring the use of knowledge and skills of electrical and information engineering technology in general. Toward those ends, the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology Major enables the student to prepare for a professional career either in a technical occupation related to the design and/or production of electronic goods, the data acquisition, instrumentation, transmission and/or processing of information flow, or the production, conversion, transmission and/or consumption of electrical energy both in traditional and renewable; or in an engineering-related technical occupation involved with the application of analog and digital electronics, sensors, wired and wireless networking, power electronics, control systems, telecommunication systems to commodities and/or service production. In either instance, the general education requirements provide for the liberal educational experiences required of a Bachelor of Science degree. This liberal educational experience was implemented to provide the graduate with a "well rounded" educational experience. Within the major is the required core of mathematics, computer science and physical science coursework which serves as a basis for the technical systems in the electrical, electronics, telecommunication, and networking fields. There are also university electives to enhance the students’ background knowledge of different areas. Faculty advisor may recommend certain university electives to students based on their needs. As a capstone design experience for the graduate in the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology major, the senior design courses insure that the graduating senior will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the world of problem solving that requires design and implementation. II. Outcomes and Competencies: The five principal objectives which a graduate of EIET major will be expected demonstrate during the student outcome assessment are the following. Graduates of the Bachelor Degree EET program will possess the following competencies upon graduation. (Letters in parenthesis refer to Program Outcome requirements from Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology ABET-TAC Assessment Criterion 2). Outcome 1. Students should display a depth of understanding of the basic theories and scientific principles which are the basis of the electrical power and machinery, analog and digital electronics, controls, instrumentation, networking, and telecommunication systems which our society utilizes in the engineering technology area. (b, d). Competency 1.1. Ability to effectively apply mathematics concepts such as equations and inequalities, exponents, geometry, trigonometry, descriptive statistics and derivatives to electrical, electronics, controls, networking, and telecommunication applications. Competency 1.2. Should apply principles of mathematics and applied science, to perform technical calculations and solve technical problems of the types commonly encountered in electrical and information engineering technology careers. (a, b, f) Competency 1.3. Exhibit proficiency in computer applications relating to occupational fields in the electrical, electronics, controls, networking, and telecommunication industry. Competency 1.4. Should function competently in a laboratory setting, making measurements, operating technical equipment, critically examining experimental results, and properly reporting on experimental results, including their potential for improvement. (a, b, c, f, g) Competency 1.5. Should use modern computational tools for technical problem solving, including scientific calculators, computers, process sheets, spreadsheets, flow charts and appropriate simulation software in the electrical and information engineering technology area. (a, b, f) Outcome 2. The student should display the organizational and supervisory principles, demonstrate a broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues in a global and societal context, project team skills and practices which enable the technically based industry in this society to function as a productive unit as necessary to develop professional and ethical responsibility, including responsibility to employers and to society at large. (i, j) Competency 2.1. Ability to identify and describe basic systems, resources, and coordinating elements of electrical and information engineering technology. Competency 2.2. Exhibit awareness and working knowledge of team project work techniques and skills used in industrial work environments. Competency 2.3. Assess personal abilities and skills needed to function effectively as a team member, team leader, technical project manager, industrial supervisor or manager of an industrial concern. Competency 2.4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate and function effectively with members of multi-disciplinary teams from a variety of backgrounds. (e, g, j); Outcome 3. The student should be able to exhibit effective communication strategies with members of multidisciplinary teams from a variety of backgrounds in written, oral and graphic fashion as required to function as a technically literate team member, team manager, or individual member of engineering technology society. (e, g, j) Competency 3.1. Demonstrate ability to provide effective oral presentations, with or without supplemental media, to explain a technological processes or procedures, to convince others of the value of an idea, or to solicit group/team participation or cooperation. Competency 3.2. Exhibit proficiency of written communication skills through examples such as journal abstracts, technical summaries, case studies, term papers, lab reports, senior design research proposals/reports, technical reports, and resumes. Competency 3.3. Demonstrate an ability to analyze, synthesize, and propose solutions to electrical and information engineering technological problems through individual and/or group participation in research and development projects. Competency 3.4. Develop appropriate visual aids for assisting in communicating ideas, expressing a viewpoint, describing a product of process, and/or for marketing a product. Outcome 4. Should recognize the need for life-long learning and possess the skills to maintain and improve technical and non-technical abilities. (h,k) Competency 4.1. Identify the principle needs for life-learning opportunities in the electrical and information engineering technology area. Competency 4.2. Demonstrate interest, and enthusiasm for workshops, seminars, senior design presentations, and other learning events in school and work environments. Outcome 5. The student should possess fundamental knowledge of the characteristics of the research, development, and capstone design activity in the engineering technology field such that the student can function in that setting. Competency 5.1. Able to describe the importance of the research activity in the engineering technology setting to the welfare of a technological society. Competency 5.2. Demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate, and present creative solutions to technical problems in a variety of specialty areas within the broad fields of electrical and information engineering technology. (d) Competency 5.2. Describe a typical progression of activities from applied research on a new electronic, electrical, or telecommunication concept through the development phase to integration into an existing system. Competency 5.3. Discuss major technological advances in electronic, electrical, and telecommunication systems throughout history with respect to their social, economic, and environmental significance. Competency 5.4. Display an awareness of and sensitivity to human and environmental concerns in relation to application of developments in the electrical power, analog and digital electronics, controls, networking, and telecommunication fields. III. Frequency of Assessment: Student outcomes assessment will take place on regularly scheduled intervals. Initial outcomes assessment for all majors will occur within a three week period upon declaration of major or acceptance of a transfer into the program. The second assessment will occur upon the student obtaining junior status or completing 90 credit hours toward graduation. The third will occur during the spring semester prior to the student's graduation. Because Research and Development courses, like Senior Design, are used in the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology major as a vehicle for partial assessment and because these courses are taken during the students senior year prior to his/her graduation, the courses reflect a "capstone" experience. This assessment will serve as the "exit interview" for the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology major. The final outcomes assessment will occur within five years after the student's graduation. Additional follow-up surveys are presently being used by the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology major and will continue to serve as ongoing assessment activities. IV. Methods of Assessment: The mechanism of choice for assembling the assessment information for each student into an aggregate collection for consistent evaluation and appraisal will be a portfolio/folder. This folder will reside within the departmental student files (not to preclude the student from maintaining a complete file of her/his own). When a student declares a major, the portfolio-based assessment plan will be introduced to the student by the student's advisor. The advisor will explain the purposes of the assessment folder, the intended contents, and the process by which it will be reviewed. The intent is to use the portfolio to house documents for program and career planning, program progress reports and student survey results. Contents of student portfolios will be periodically analyzed to obtain estimates of the success with which intended learning occurs. Folder/portfolio content and responsibilities: The Admissions and Registrar Offices are responsible for providing copies of items 1-6 (see list below) to the Industrial Technology Department for inclusion in the student's folder/portfolio. The complete folder of each EIET student will be located in the departmental file cabinet accessible to both the student and advisor. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. requirements. Items to be included at declaration of major or acceptance of transfer. High school GPA and class rank. ACT scores. Current university transcript. Most recent copy of University program audit. Registrar's reports of low midterm grades, if any. For transfer students, copy of accepted transfer credits and remaining major Items to be added during the educational program. 7. Statement of student's career goals as currently conceived. 8. Copy of student requests and petitions, if any. 9. Yearly copies of graded brief works related to major course work in the EIET area (e.g., journal abstract, case study, project/lab report). 10. Yearly copies of a graded, written paper, or essay exam discussing the structure of the EIET related industry, the nature of technology, or the impact of a specific technology with relation to its potential socioeconomic, and/or environmental impacts. 11. Yearly copies of a graded, written research paper or report related to industrial organization, resources, processes, or managerial technology. 12. Statement of self-assessment of progress by student with respect to program progress, attainment of expected outcomes and competencies as they relate to career goals for mid-program review. 13. A graded summary report from the Senior Design course specifying the contribution of the student. 14. Results of student survey instrument (exit interview) administered during the semester of graduation. 15. Placement resume including career objective for pre-graduation review. 16. Other items as requested by advisor for assessment of specific competencies. (May include external technical certification evaluations.) Concluding comments on assessment methods. The overall responsibility for assembling the required outcomes assessment materials will be the students. The student's advisor will be responsible for orienting the student in what is required in the folder and will have joint responsibility with the student in scheduling assessment meetings. The suggested follow-up survey to be undertaken on one to five year intervals will be the instrument that is presently being used for collecting data on EIET graduates. The student survey (or exit interview) could be a departmentally developed and administrated instrument. Further, two selected members of the EIET major advisory group will serve as an assessing body for direction, continuity and relevance of the major. The response from the assessment group in conjunction with student outcome assessment should enable the EIET area to maintain a close correlation of the needs of the technical community with the course content. V. Analysis-Interpretation and Reporting of Results: A committee consisting of the Electrical and Information Engineering Technology area coordinator and faculty members from the area will review selected student's outcomes folders during the spring semester each year. This will occur on a yearly basis during a designated and scheduled day (Assessment Day) set aside for the review. The committee will summarize the extent to which the competencies and outcomes are being realized by the student. During the first two years (the trial period for determining the appropriateness of this activity), the committee will also prepare a short report in evaluation of the outcomes assessment process to be submitted to the department Head for appropriate distribution at the mandated reporting date. It is important to remember that the outcomes assessment program is designed for improvement of the academic effort within the degree program, department and university. The evaluation reports on the outcomes assessments procedure will be used to refine and further modify the outcomes strategy. Appropriate adjustments in the overall program will be made as needed and time is available.