Learning Goals

Learning Goals and Assessment in the Graduate Materials Science & Engineering Program

Masters (M.S.)

Learning Goal 1

Attain a knowledge of the principles underpinning the relationship amongst structure, processing, properties and performance of materials.

Assessment of student achievement for Learning Goal 1

  • Performance on homework, exams, class participation in graduate courses

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1

  • Assure that students are being prepared in key areas of Materials Science and Engineering in a coherent and academically rigorous fashion
  • Evaluations of teaching effectiveness of instructors
  • Periodic review of curricular offerings and assessment tools

Learning Goal 2

Gain core competencies for application of materials science and engineering in professional situations.

Assessment of student achievement for Learning Goal 2

  • Attendance and maintenance of grades in graduate courses
  • Interactions with M.S. advisor
  • Performance in M.S. thesis or final paper presentation

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 2

  • Effective monitoring of student progress
  • Advise and supervise M.S. thesis research or final paper

 

Doctoral (Ph.D.)

Learning Goal 1

Attain training and understanding in the scientific, engineering, and mathematical, principles that underpin Materials Science & Engineering

Assessment of student achievement for Learning Goal 1

  • Performance on homework, exams, class participation in graduate courses
  • Attendance and maintenance of grades in graduate courses
  • Pass a written examination on four core topics relevant to materials science and engineering

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 1

  • Assure that students are taught core topics of Materials Science and Engineering in an academically rigorous fashion
  • Review by faculty of student progress, with close advising and mentoring
  • Evaluations of teaching effectiveness of instructors
  • Periodic review of curricular offerings and assessment tools
  • Assign initial faculty advisors to all entering Ph.D. students

Learning Goal 2

Engage in and conduct original research in Materials Science & Engineering

Assessment of student achievement for Learning Goal 2

  • Successful presentation of a thesis proposal demonstrating the significance of their research project in the broader context of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Periodic evaluation of progress to Ph.D. completion by faculty advisor, graduate program director and members of thesis/proposal committee
  • Critical evaluation of Ph.D. dissertation by committee of graduate faculty members and an outside member
  • Public defense of dissertation
  • Submission and acceptance of peer-reviewed articles and conference papers based on the dissertation

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 2

  • Effective monitoring of student progress by faculty advisor, graduate program director and members of thesis/proposal committee
  • Organize research seminars by invited experts in different areas of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Provide a research advisor with expertise in the specific area of research
  • Provide opportunities for the student’s research to be presented orally and as posters
  • Encourage faculty and students to apply for internal/external grants and fellowships/scholarships to support research activities

Learning Goal 3

Develop the skills and competencies for a successful career in research at an academic, industrial or Government Laboratory.

Assessment of student achievement for Learning Goal 3

  • Attendance and maintenance of grades in graduate courses
  • Performance in presentations and evaluation of written output
  • Evaluations of teaching when undertaking TA roles
  • Attendance and presentation of research at national and international research meetings

Role of the program in helping students to achieve Goal 3

  • Advising, supervising and mentoring of students by graduate faculty
  • Providing classes and curricula content that ensures awareness of research ethics, teaching methodology, and best practices for student engagement
  • Encouraging students to join professional bodies such as the Materials Research Society, the American Ceramics Society, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
  • Providing opportunities for students to present their work at conferences and research meetings