BL A260 Human Physiology, Prof. Stark
Fall 2008 Assessment

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My interpretation of the history of assessment
"Assessment" in Missouri spread after the mid 1980's "Value Added" program of Northeast Missouri State. It was originally intended "to reliably evaluate the quality of educational training." In April, 1998, SLU's Biology Department adopted a policy of having graduating majors take the Graduate Record Exam, interpreting "assessment" as "program assessment." On September 21, 2000, "each faculty member" was charged to "develop an outcome assessment tool." At this time, the interpretation was one of "student outcomes assessment." In December 2002, "course assessment" replaced "student outcomes assessment;" faculty were directed to collect information used to change or improve the course in keeping with SLU's web blurb on assessment [http://www.slu.edu/opdr/SLU_Assessment.html] ("Assessment results are utilized to improve courses and curriculum"). There is a link to the assessment reports I have prepared since assessment was mandated at SLU:
http://starklab.slu.edu/CV/Assessment.htm

In addition to being useful to me for teaching this course in the future, BME (the Department of Biomedical Engineering) makes use of this information for its accreditation.

Here are the stated objectives of the course:

BL A260 Human Physiology was created in 2004 by chairs of Biology and Biomedical Engineering (BME). It is the third and final biology requirement (after Principles of Biology I & II [BIOL 104 & 106]) for BME students. BME majors successfully completing Human Physiology will know systems physiology (homeostasis, circulation, respiration, digestion, nervous system, etc.) comprehensively at a level that does not have those prerequisites (biological chemistry and cell biology) needed for biology students.

"The course fulfilled these objectives."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.1

I learned a lot of information from this course, and I think it has greatly improved my note taking skills.


"These objectives were reasonable."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.27

Comments:

The course was challenging, yet able to manageable so long as you stayed kept up with the material.

"I learned a lot in this course."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.2

Comments:

I learned much more than I anticipated.

The course gave general information as well as specific pathways and organic molecules found in the human body.


"BIOL 104 & 106 provided adequate preparation for this course."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.94

Comments:

Neither agree nor disagree

Only BIOL 104 provided information that went with this course. BIOL 106 had virtually no relevance to this course.



"This Human Physiology course a good idea for your third semester requirement."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.94

Comments:

Neither agree nor disagree

some students i think would do fine in the higher level physio class. I heard that mcb really shouldn't be a co-requisite

I enjoyed it this semester to break up a lot of the other math orientated courses.

"The selection of topics for emphasis was reasonable."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.27

Comments:

I liked how the systems of organs were covered and also more specific pathways for so of them were covered. The nervous system was also interesting.


"The level of the textbook was appropriate."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.6

Comments:

Great book, thorough, useful

The pictures and diagrams were very helpful and the explanations helped to give a different viewpoint of some of the lecture material.


"The level of the lecture coverage was appropriate."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.3

Comments:

Once again, the course was challenging which allowed me to learn a lot.

"Having outlines on the web was useful."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.0

Comments:

Could be more comprehensive and inclusive though

This allowed me to listen to the professor more in class rather than copying notes. Personally, I believe I learn better when I can listen to the instructor at the time of lecture.

"Having applicable test questions from the last three years on each outline helped for learning and for studying for tests."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree
Average=1.1

Comments:

Very good

The example test questions were an accurate gauge as to how well I knew the material. This allowed me to know what areas I should study more.

helped to see if you were ready to take the test or not. and then tell you what you needed to look at some more


"Having figures and condensed portions of the outline on PowerPoint presentations was appreciated."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.4

Comments:

Appreciated yes, helpful no; not inclusive enough, hard to infer the information presented

can they be on the notes as well

I learned a lot more from the figures because then I could actually see what it was we were talking about.

It helped with taking notes in class


"Having lecture sound recordings on-line as PodCasts was appreciated."
1. strongly agree 2. agree 3. disagree 4. strongly disagree

Average=1.44

Comments:

Don't know many people who used them

I only used these a few times, however I think it is a good idea because if I ever got sick I could still listen to the class notes.

Extremely helpful and useful. Maybe vidoe podcasts eventually in the future?!


Make a statement about the relevance of SLU's 5 dimensions to this course and its assessment (http://www.slu.edu/opdr/Five_Dimensions.html)

I didn't know SLU had these 5 dimensions....

It would take a while to talk about the 5 individually, but as a whole, this course was reasonably relevant to SLU's 5 dimensions

I think the course promoted the 5 dimensions quite well, with the only exception being spirituality. However, that is a good thing because as we all know, spirituality does not mix well with science.

I think that this course had relevance to all of SLU's 5 dimensions. The classroom had a sense of open-mindedness and everyone was encouraged to talk and ask questions. Because of this, I believe that everyone in the class gain a lot of knowledge and had an enjoyable experience.

Are there any topics you would like to be added to the syllabus in future years?

More correlations to pathophysiology as well, it makes information more pertinent and fun to learn.

Not that I can think of.

I would have enjoyed more discussion of the effects of heavy weight training on the body (endurance exercise was discussed a bit), but then again I think I would have been the only one in the class who cared.

No

See next question.

No


Are there any topics you think should be reduced or eliminated?

I think a lot of the first test information can be incorporated into the rest of the course better instead of just providing random examples and claiming various impertinent ties. Otherwise, a good amount of material was covered very well.

I didn't think any of the topics were too long or irrelevant.

No

The only thing I would change would be the layout of the material. It seemed like there was a lot of information about the nervous system early on. I wish this was closer to the actual nervous system lecture. However, the idea of the G coupled protein receptors were brought out throughout the entire course. So maybe have all the nervous system information early on.

No

Plan for next year:

(1)
It is clear that only fine tuning will be necessary
(2) I will try, following comments from previous years to make the course more targeted to BME especially by trying (again) to get a guest lecture from the BME faculty.

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