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Assessment

The physics faculty at NEIU are focused on student learning. Our assessment of student learning is tailored to both university and program goals. For comprehensive information on NEIU assessment, please see NEIU's Assessment Resources.

Physics Program Goals and Outcomes

The goals of the physics program at NEIU align with NEIU's Baccalaureate Goals:

  1. Provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation of the physical principles and laws governing the universe.
    1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts and underlying principles of classical physics.
    2. Students will gain an appreciation of the quantitative methods used in Physics and in other STEM disciplines.
  2. Prepare students for success in their chosen careers by emphasizing critical thinking and scientific reasoning through an inquiry-based curriculum.
    1. Students will demonstrate knowledge-based competencies in the fields of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, the keystones of Classical Physics.
    2. Students will demonstrate skills-based competencies in the fields of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, the keystones of Classical Physics.
    3. Students will demonstrate a mastery of the core knowledge base expected of Physics professionals in areas of Theoretical and Experimental Classical and Quantum Physics.
  3. Develop quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills in majors and non-majors to ensure that students emerging from the coursework/program are equipped with the set of competencies required in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workplace.
    1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and solving problems in physics and related STEM fields.
  4. Develop scientific proficiency in majors and non-majors to ensure that students in the program will demonstrate a breadth and depth of scientific understanding, and be able to translate their scientific knowledge across STEM disciplines.
  5. Develop proficiency in technical and communication skills.
    1. Students will demonstrate mastery in the application of high-level mathematical and computational methods to problems in Physics.
    2. Students will demonstrate mastery of modern experimental techniques currently used in Physics.
    3. Students will demonstrate mastery of data analysis and interpretation.
    4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in scientific writing.

Goals and Outcomes Map

NEIU Baccalaureate Goals Physics Program Goals Learning Outcomes
1. Intellectual and Practical Skills
1.1 Inquiry, analysis and evaluation CC (i), (ii), (iii)
1.2 Critical and creative thinking BB (i), (ii), (iii)
1.3 Written and oral communication proficiency EE (iii), (iv)
1.4 Original design and artistic performance --
1.5 Quantitative literacy B, C, EB(i), (ii), (iii); C(i); E(i), (ii)
1.6 Information literacy and research skills B, EB(i),(ii),(iii); E(i),(ii),(iii)
1.7 Technological fluency EE(i), (ii)
1.8 Teamwork and problem solving CC(i)
2. Immersion into Disciplines and Fields of Study
2.1 Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world AA (i)
2.2 Mastery of different modes of knowing and integrative learning in a student's major, with a broad awareness of other areas of study AA (ii)
2.3 Ability to synthesize general and specialized studies both within and across disciplines AA (i), (ii)
2.4 Use of classroom knowledge to identify and engage big questions, as well as the practical issues of everyday life AA (i), (ii)
3. Learning within the Framework and Resources of NEIU
3.1 CC (i)
3.2-3.5 --


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