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Student Learning Outcomes

The University of Hawaii at Manoa values assessment of student learning.  To that end, UH-Manoa staffs the Assessment Office.  Their mission is to improve student learning through academic program assessment. Assessment is faculty-driven and faculty-supervised. It involves establishing student learning outcomes, measuring/observing and documenting the extent to which outcomes are achieved, findings ways to improve, and implementing improvement plans.

For each academic program, assessment reports are required annually.  Find the most recent Assessment Reports here:

CTAHR Critical Skills and Competencies

CTAHR has long valued its undergraduate programs and the importance of preparing our students to enter the workforce.  In the late 1980's, the CTAHR Curriculum Task Force came up with 10 CTAHR Critical Skills and Competencies for a CTAHR Graduate.  Working with employers of our graduates, through focus groups, the CTAHR Critical Skills and Competencies were born.  Since then all curricular materials, including those in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences must demonstrate which of these critical skills courses address.  These Critical Skills and Competencies underpin all of our undergraduate programs.

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Animal Sciences (ANSC) (BS)

Student Learning Outcomes for the ANSC Bachelor’s Program:

  1. Know and understand the basic principles of applied animal biology.
  2. Understand the fundamental tenets of animal science disciplines including genetics, growth and development, meat science and muscle biology, comparative nutrition, feeds and feeding, anatomy, basic and environmental physiology, endocrinology and reproduction.
  3. Apply this knowledge to the basic understanding and application of appropriate husbandry best practices to animals of economic value.
  4. Read and be able to analyze scientific or technical papers critically.
  5. Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  6. Develop problem-solving skills for lifetime learning.
  7. Understand the importance of good citizenship in both personal and professional habits.
  8. Understand the scientific method and design of experiments to test hypotheses and as such experience the process of discovery.
  9. Explore the relationship between applied animal biology and society, including contemporary ethical issues raised by animal research, the use of animals by humans, and the role and impact of animal agriculture and applied animal biology on the planet.
  10. Recognize and use appropriate technologies, such as computer applications and laboratory methodologies.

Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) (BS)

Student Learning Outcomes for the FSHN Bachelor’s Program:

  1. Know, apply and critically analyze and evaluate concepts related to the science of food and nutrition with a focus on humans.
  2. Develop written & oral skills commensurate with the ability to summarize, evaluate, synthesize, and appropriately communicate scientific concepts to a variety of audiences.
  3. Acquire personal characteristics and leadership, management, and human relations skills appropriate to professional practice in careers related to food science and human nutrition.
  4. Recognizes and uses appropriate technologies, such as computer applications and food and nutrition laboratory methodologies.
  5. Identifies and develops skills to gain successful admission into entry level careers or post-graduate education.
  6. Develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  7. Develops and demonstrates the ability be an effective participant in community service.
  8. Values being an integral and functioning member of communities from local to global levels.

Animal Sciences (ANSC) (MS)

Student Learning Outcomes for the ANSC Master of Science Program:

  1. Develop research skills and applied knowledge in animal-based working environment.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate strong scientific analytic skills in both basic animal science and applied animal production.
  4. Meet the courses and/or thesis requirements of the graduate program.

Food Science (MS)

Student Learning Outcomes for the Food Science Master of Science Program:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of food science.
  2. Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their specialty area in the field of food science.
  3. Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency.
  4. Conduct and interpret food research.
  5. Function as a professional in their chosen discipline.

Nutritional Sciences (MS)

Student Learning Outcomes for the Nutritional Sciences Master of Science Program:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of nutrition.
  2. Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their specialty area in the field of nutrition.
  3. Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency.
  4. Conduct and interpret nutrition research.
  5. Function as a professional in their chosen discipline.

Nutrition (Ph.D.)

The PhD program in Nutrition is designed to prepare future leaders and innovators, who can expand our knowledge about food and health, solve nutrition-related problems, propose effective nutrition policies, guide new product and service development, and be effective researchers, communicators and educators.  To ensure that graduates are prepared for these roles, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. comprehensive understanding of core nutrition knowledge
  2. advanced scholarship in a specialty area (i.e. expertise in a least one overlapping biomedical discipline e.g. biochemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology, food science/functional foods, epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, etc)
  3. appropriate exposure to social and career-building disciplines (e.g. education, communications, information technology, technical  writing, social sciences, etc)
  4. ability to conduct original scholarly research, develop skills in research methodologies and grant writing, understand research ethics, and effectively dissemination research findings via peer-reviewed publications, seminars and practical applications such as teaching.