BS SYE
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
1. Technical Proficiency: Graduates integrate mathematics, physics, engineering science, operations research, applied probability and statistics, and computer simulation to model and analyze entire systems that are composed of their individual components and subsystems.

2. Professional Growth: Graduates develop and exercise their capabilities for life‐ long learning as a means to enhance their technical and social skills.

3. Management Skills: Graduates develop and refine their management, communications, and professional skills to increase their effectiveness as team members and team leaders.

Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives
Mapping between Student Outcomes and Courses Providing Metrics
Metrics for Outcome (a)
Outcome (a) – An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 270  Midterm & Final Examinations 
75% of the students must score average of 70% or higher on both exams 
SIE 321  Homework #11 (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 321  Midterm Exam #1 (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 340  Semester Project (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher 
ENGR 498A/B  Final Reports at the end of each semester: CDR report 
90% of the class receives 80% or more 
ENGR 498A/B  Final Reports at the end of each semester: Final spring report 
90% of the class receives 80% or more 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (b)
Outcome (b) – An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 250  Homework Assignment #3  System Modeling (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher 
SIE 265  Project Report Description  Project 9 score 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 305  Homework Assignment #10 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 330R  Exam Questions 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher on every exam 
SIE 330R  Course Project 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher on the project 
SIE 431  Semester project on simulation model development, experimenting with simulation, and analysis (Team) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
ENGR 498A/B  Presentation and final report for spring semester containing completed test report: Final Spring Review 
90% of the students must score 80% or more 
ENGR 498A/B  Presentation and final report for spring semester containing completed test report: Final Spring Report 
90% of the students must score 80% or more 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (c)
Outcome (c) – An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 250  Semester Design Project (Team) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 277  Semester Design Project (Team) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 454A  Homework, Individual Project: Final Report (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
ENGR 498A/B  Presentation and memo reviewing requirements in early fall semester: SRR memo 
90% of the students must receive 80% 
ENGR 498A/B  CDR report showing that the final design meets requirements: CDR final report 
90% of the students must receive 80% 
ENGR 498A/B  Presentation and memo reviewing requirements in early fall semester: SRR review 
90% of the students must receive 80% 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (d)
Outcome (d) – An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 250  Peer evaluated average participation on semester design project 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher participation 
ENGR 498A/B  Team peer reviews 
98% of individual students receive participations grades of 80% or better 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (e)
Outcome (e) – An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 321  Quiz #2 (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 321  Homework Assignment #4 (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 330R  Exam Questions 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher on every exam 
SIE 330R  Course Project 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher on the project 
SIE 340  Questions in Midterm Exam 1 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher 
SIE 410A  Team Report 
75% of individuals & teams must score 80% or higher 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (f)
Outcome (f) – An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 295S  (2016) Class Average on Ethics Quiz 
PostLecture Quiz must be 20% Greater than PreLecture Quiz 
SIE 295S  (20102015) Total Score for Semester Critiques 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (g)
Outcome (g) – An ability to communicate effectively 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 454A  Exam Questions (Direct measurement of written communication) 
75% of the students must score 90% or higher 
ENGR 498A/B  Multiple formal presentations over the two semesters: written deliverables for SRR memo, final CDR report, final spring report 
90% of students receive 80% or better average grade on written deliverables 
ENGR 498A/B  Multiple formal presentations over the two semesters: Presentations 
90% of students receive 80% or better average grade for presentations 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (h)
Outcome (h) – The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 295S  Total Score for Semester Critiques 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (i)
Outcome (i) – A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 295S  Average of Plan of Study score and Critique from Education Planning Lecture 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (j)
Outcome (j) – A knowledge of contemporary issues 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 295S  Average of Attendance (Speakers) and Critiques 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Metrics for Outcome (k)
Outcome (k) – An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice 

Measure 
Standard/Threshold 
SIE 265  Projects Description: Project 9 score 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 250  Homework Assignment #4  Optimal System Design 
75% of the students must score 75% or higher 
SIE 270  Computer Program Assignment: Homework 16 
75% of the students must score average of 70% or higher on all homework 
SIE 277  Semester Design Project (Team) 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 340  Homework Assignment #7 Transportation shipment and shortest path problems 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 340  Homework Assignment #11 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 370  Final Exam/Project Report 
75% of the students must score 75% average on exam and project 
SIE 370  Lab Final Project Report  High Level Language Controller 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 410A  Team Project 
75% of the students must score 80% or higher 
SIE 431  Last (most advanced) Assignment on Arena Modeling 
75% of the students must score 70% or higher 
SIE 454A  Individual Project/Homework #4 (Direct Measurement) 
75% of the students must score 100% or higher 
ENGR 498A/B  Final report for spring 
90% of the students must score 80% or more 
ENGR 498A/B  Industry Judges Evaluations on Design Day 
90% of the students must score 80% or more 
SIE Senior Exit Survey 
75% of the students must respond 4 (Agree) or higher 
Our assessment data has been collected at the end of each semester (the latest one was Spring 2017), and the findings from assessments were discussed in our annual faculty retreat on August 19, 2017. The assessment findings and suggested changes can be found at 1_SYE_August_2017.pdf. Our assessment data will continue to be collected at the end of each semester, and the findings from assessments will be discussed in our annual faculty retreat (our next one is scheduled in Aug. 2018).
Below are the assessment findings and suggested changes from previous years (2012~2014, 2014~2016).
Figure 1: Normalized Scores for Student Outcomes for Fall 2014~Spring 2016
Figure 1 shows that all student outcomes ((a)~(k)) satisfied the program outcome goals (reaching the normalized score 1), so no particular changes are suggested.
Figure 2: Normalized Scores for Student Outcomes for Fall 2012~Spring 2014
Figure 2 provides the summary of the normalized scores for the student outcomes from our previous analysis (Fall 2012~Spring 2014), where all student outcomes ((a)~(k)) had satisfied the program outcome goals. As the normalized score for Outcome (b) was rather close to 1 (still satisfying the goal), more detailed evaluations were conducted.
Early evaluation of the Outcome (b) metric for SIE 265 showed a low average score of 46% (see Table 1).
Table 1. Academic Year 2013~2014 SIE 265 Outcome (b) Metric Scores
Semester 
Outcome (b) Metric 
Fall 2013 
38% 
Spring 2014 
54% 
Average 
46% 
The SIE 265 class project consists of nine parts that incrementally builds a financial analysis to determine the economic feasibility of introducing a new product and then finally to determine if financially the product should be developed in house or outsourced. The metric looks at the score for the final project (Project 9) but the success of the final project is dependent on the success of the previous eight projects (Project 1 through Project 8).
An analysis was initiated to determine the root cause for the low scores on the SIE 265 Outcome (b) metric. Following the root cause analysis corrective actions were defined in an attempt to improve the scores. There were three corrective actions initiated as a result of the analysis. Table 2 summarizes the root cause analysis and corrective actions.
Table 2. Root Cause and Correction Action Summary for SIE 265 Outcome (b)
Root Cause 
Corrective Action 
Insufficient explanation on how to link multiple worksheets in Excel^{®} and how to make variables flexible to accept changes as the analysis progresses 
Improved explanation and examples for Excel^{®} early in the semester as Projects 1 through 3 are executed. 
Insufficient understanding of Project requirements as the financial analysis develops 
Improved the description of the requirements for the intermediate Projects (4 through 7) 
Lack of understanding of the financial metrics used to complete the financial trades in Project 8 and Project 9 
Improved the discussion of the financial metrics and added intermediate homework assignments to improve understanding of the metrics 
A summary of the SIE 265 Outcome (b) metric scores after corrective actions were initiated is shown in Table 3.
Table 3. Academic Years 2014~2015 and 2015~2016 SIE 265 Outcome (b) Metric Scores
Semester 
Outcome (b) Metric 
Fall 2014 
84% 
Spring 2015 
73% 
Fall 2015 
79% 
Spring 2016 
80% 
Average 
79% 
As a result of the corrective actions the average metric score for Academic Years 2014~2015 and 2015~2016 is 79%, a 33% increase over the average metric score from Academic Year 2013~2014. The metric will continue to be monitored and additional corrective actions will be initiated as necessary.
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