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Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty Course Assessment

Note: the Honors College is undergoing a transition under new leadership. This has resulted in our pushing back our timeline for achieving the following objectives, reflected in updated deadlines below:

1) Identify Class Outcomes (in progress) : We are creating measurable class outcomes for Honors Interdisciplinary General Education courses: a. faculty will meet to determine coherent guidelines that establish observable and measurable class outcomes for Honors General Education courses (Fall 2016). b. faculty will use the guidelines to design and/or revise Honors measurable class outcomes (Fall 2016). c. faculty will meet to review and approve Honors General Education course syllabi to insure that each contains measurable class outcomes, and that at least one of those outcomes is aligned with a UA general education course outcome ( (Fall 2016).

2) Identify the Activities that Achieve Class Outcomes. Faculty will work together to create and/or revise activities that allow class outcomes to be measurable. a. faculty will develop an assessment table for each class that matches activity/activities with a specific class outcome (see example below) b. faculty will create and review new, assessable grading rubrics for activities as needed (Spring 2017).

3) Identify Strategies for Data Analysis/Assessment Findings/Class Starting Fall 2016, faculty will meet at the beginning of each semester to review and identify metrics for assessing class performance, using data from the previous semester

4. Assessment Findings (future) faculty will evaluate class performance using identified metrics.

5. Class Modifications (future) faculty will implement changes to their classes based on performance feedback.


Expected Learning Outcomes: 


HNRS150B2 EXPLORING ELECTRONIC PRESENCE: FROM THE TELEGRAPH TO TWITTER 1.   Identify and define basic concepts used in the historical and social scientific study of technology and electronic media. 2.   Identify and describe the social relationships and historical contexts that have shaped the emergence of electronic media. 3.   Identify and describe how electronic media shape social relationships. 4.   Identify and describe how the material characteristics of electronic media shape the form and content of communication. 5.   Identify and describe how particular social groups interpret the meaning and significance of electronic media. 6.   Apply basic concepts used in the historical and social scientific study of electronic media to critically evaluate assessments of these technologies and their social impact made by scholars, journalists, advertisers, policy makers, and other dominant “opinion makers” . 7.   Evaluate the conclusions and propositions of social scientific and historical research on electronic media in relation to one's own experience and the experience of others.

HNRS 200 002 Thinking Critically About New Media 1. identify and analyze the impact of new media on the creation and reception of artistic and literary works 2. relate arguments and ideas from literature and philosophy to the circumstances under which they were written 3. describe how philosophical ideas have influenced and been influenced by the production and advancement of new media 4. use appropriate vocabulary for written and oral descriptions and analyses of various texts electronic media in relation to one's own experience and the experience of others.

HNRS 202H Introduction To Conservation Biology 1)    Determine the relationship between science and conservation biology 2)    Produce results and conclusions from ecological studies; 3)    Support or refute assigned relevant debate topics 4)    Produce and maintain an annotated field notebook; 5)    Record field observations during a Rapid Biological Assessment; 6) Design and develop a poster summary of the Rapid Biological Assessment

HNRS 222, Explorations in Creative Writing: "Creative Nonfiction and the Aesthetics of Fact" - Identify literary techniques through close reading and analysis. - Identify and implement craft devices including mode, genre, voices/speakers, subject, tone, mood, diction, lyricism, research, shapes and stanzaics, figurative language, and rhyme and rhythm. - Compose in multiple modalities including critical, reflective, imitative, and creative. - Explore and develop research techniques including field research.

HNRS 250 Methods in Health and Human Values ·         recognize, understand, and summarize complex arguments in social scientific and humanistic writing ·         understand and articulate the difference between social science, humanistic, and scientific inquiry and methodology ·         evaluate and critique complex arguments, and write about them in clear and direct prose ·         apply concepts and methods from the social sciences and the humanities to assess and evaluate source materials ·         apply concepts and methods from the social sciences and the humanities to civic and social concerns related to health care ·         understand the social and cultural dimensions of health, illness, and health care

Assessment Activities: 

As an Honors student, you have the ability to customize your own coursework to meet your requirements. Because we respect your choices and particular goals, we have created broad categories through which you can complete requirements for graduation with Honors, while still following your unique path. Requirements:

1) A one-credit Honors seminar of your choosing (there are over 40 different options), to be completed in your first semester.

2) Thirty units of Honors credit as part of your overall credit requirements at the University (some students entering with more than 30 units of credit may take fewer Honors units).

3) Complete an Honors Plan that describes your specific goals, and meet with your Honors Advisor each year.

4) An Honors prospectus and Honors thesis.

5) A cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of graduation; however, you will still remain in the Honors College if your GPA goes below this prior to graduation.

You do not need to take a certain number of Honors units each semester. Your Honors Advisor will ensure that you are on track to graduate with Honors, and that you are making steady progress within your own self-designed program.

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Updated date: Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:13