Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

Physical Science - Riverside City College


        UNIT: Physical Science Department___
                        Please give the full title of the discipline or department.
                 You may submit as a discipline or department, as is easiest for your unit.

  CONTACT PERSON: William Phelps (x8350)___
                                Due: May 17, 2013
                                     Please send an electronic copy to:

                                    Vice President, Academic Affairs
                              Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac at

                            and send an electronic copy to your divisional dean.

                                   Form Last Revised: March 11, 2013

Web Resources:

                                                                 Instructional Unit Plan

Please retain this information for your discipline’s/department’s use (or forward to your chair). A database will be created and distributed
to the relevant councils and committees as requested.

The Unit Plan is conducted by each unit at the college and consists of an analysis of changes within the unit as well as significant new resource needs for staff,
resources, facilities, and equipment. It should be submitted or renewed every year by mid May in anticipation of budget planning for the fiscal year, which
begins July 1 of the following calendar year.

Data sets are available on the Program Review website. Please consult with your Department Chair or Daniel Martinez for assistance
interpreting the data relevant to your discipline. Also, review the course retention and success data provided at
The data are disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and delivery method (hybrid, online, face-to-face). Within these categories, course
data are further disaggregated by transfer, CTE, and developmental categories.          Note that you are only required to mention data relevant to your analysis or
requests. Please utilize these data or data collected by your discipline to assess your goals and as rationale for resource requests.

The questions on the subsequent pages are intended to assist you in planning for your unit. The forms that follow are separated into pages for ease of distribution
to relevant offices, councils and committees. Don’t let formatting concerns slow you down. If you have difficulty with formatting, the Administrative Support
Center can adjust the document for you. Simply add responses to those questions that apply and forward the document to the Administrative Support Center with
a request to format it appropriately.

If you cannot identify in which category your request belongs or if you have general funding request questions, please contact the Vice President of Business
Services, Charles Wyckoff at 951-222-8307 or Within each resource request form, a recommended contact person is listed to assist
you with estimating the cost of your requests. It is vital to include cost estimates in your request forms. Please cite the source for the cost estimates and indicate if
the costs are one-time or recurring. If the costs are recurring, provide cost of a service contract and length of time needed. Also, please indicate if grant funds

The college mission is available on the RCC home page, and the goals and strategies are available at

                                                   Instructional Unit Plan Update

A. Trends and Relevant Data

1. What is your unit’s mission statement? The Physical Science Department serves all RCC students by providing a
   wide variety of student based learning opportunities within the Physical Sciences in support of
   their individual achievement needs.

2. Has there been any change in the status of your unit? (if not, skip to #3) No Changes have occurred over the last year.

       a. Has your unit shifted departments?
       b. Have any new certificates or programs been created by your unit?
       c. Have activities in other units impacted your unit? For example, a new nursing program could cause greater demand for life science

3. How have environmental demographics and external factors affected your discipline’s enrollment? If there have been significant changes, please
   indicate those changes. If there are no significant changes in your unit’s opinion, indicate “None” and skip to question #4.
4. In reviewing your unit’s enrollment data, does your unit have plans to improve any aspects of enrollment management (ex: persistence,
   scheduling patterns, etc.)? If your plan necessitates resource changes make sure those needs are reflected in the applicable resource request
   During CIPR addendum review a change in the prerequisites for Astronomy was identified. All Physical Science courses are waitlisted and every
   course has many students attempting to add. Addition of multiple sections to accommodate these students requires additional faculty.

5. Please report on the progress made on any of your 2012-2013 unit goals.
   No enrollment change has occurred within the last year. Until additional faculty are hired within the department no increase in course offerings
   can occur. At present all faculty are teaching at 1.4 FTEF or above every semester.
6. Please indicate your 2013-14 unit goals and/or strategies. You may insert relevant information from your CIPR Targets Addendum and/or your
   CIPR. Please include the needed support on the resource request forms along with the supporting rationale.

      a. In the Comprehensive Instructional Program Review (CIPR) Targets Addendum, your discipline is developing strategies to improve or
         maintain students’ levels of achievement in course retention, course success, persistence, and program completion. What goals and/or
         strategies has your discipline set to improve student achievement for the academic year 2013-14?
         Evaluation of prerequisites for Astronomy was outlined in the 2013 CIPR Targets Addendum in response to a 55% success rates. The
         combined disciplines within the department have a success rate above the college set standard of 66.2% by 3 standard deviations. (Three
         standard deviations above the mean implies 99.9% above average!!)
      b. In addition to completion, the college has identified improving student-faculty interaction as a priority. What goals and/or strategies has
         your discipline set to improve faculty-student interaction for the academic year 2013-14?
         Adornment of our office hallway with intriguing photos of Physical Science will interest students, and others, hopefully urging them to
         ask faculty about the images and therefore improving the probability of student-faculty interaction.
         Students are informed of office hours and encouraged to attend, however, course credit cannot be awarded for attending office hours so
         they usually don’t attend.

      c. Are there other goals aligned to college goals your discipline is pursuing in 2013-14? None

B. Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Summary and Update

   As a matter of good practice and in alignment with Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) standards, RCC
   faculty participate in ongoing and systematic efforts to assess courses, programs, and degrees. Reports on specific assessment projects
   undertaken by individual faculty or groups of faculty in your discipline should be referenced here, but the primary purpose of this update is to
   provide an overview of your discipline’s assessment activities (data, responses to data, results, reports, etc.) since your last unit plan update as
   well as your current plans for assessing student learning. Please note, since unit plans are completed during the spring semester, we are asking
   you to report on the previous spring semester data along with the current spring semester plans.

   I. Course-level Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Assessment Report(s)

   The Riverside Assessment Committee and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness developed a process to report and store Course-level SLO
   assessment information. Upon completion of a Course-level SLO assessment project please utilize one of the two methods listed below for
   reporting and/or summarizing your results.

          a. Enter into a Survey Monkey report at , or
          b. If faculty in your discipline/department have already entered assessment information into another format, it is not necessary to re-enter
             the information, simply send your documentation to

   II. Program-level Learning Outcome (PLO) Assessment Reports

   The Riverside Assessment Committee and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness developed a process to report and store Program-level PLO
assessment information. Upon completion of a Program-level PLO assessment project (Career Technical Education) please utilize one of the two
methods listed below for reporting and/or summarizing your results.

       a. Enter into a Survey Monkey report at , or
       b. If faculty in your discipline/department have already entered assessment information into another format, it is not necessary to re-enter
          the information, simply send your documentation to

  III.Course-level Assessment Summary Spreadsheet

  Please summarize the current status for assessment of all the courses in your discipline using the Course Assessment Summary spreadsheet.
  Please indicate for each course on the Course Assessment Summary spreadsheet:

          a.   Assessment Status
          b.   Most Recent Assessment (Year)
          c.   Assessment Method for Most Recent Assessment
          d.   Next Planned Assessment (Year)
          e.   Faculty Lead (s)

  Please contact Jim Elton at or (951) 222-8264 for your spreadsheet so that you may simply cut and paste here.

                                                                                                   Next Planned
                                                                      Most Recent


                                                        Not Offered

                                                                                                                    Lead (s)


Course                                   Assessment
Number                                     Status

         Physics Courses
 2A      General Physics, I                   5                         2011        Exams            2013          Cheney
 2B      General Physics, II                  5                         2012        Exams            2014          Cheney
 4A      Mechanics                            3                         2012        Exams            2014          O'Neill
 4B      Electricity and Magnetism            3                         2011        Exams            2013          O'Neill
 4C      Heat, Light, and Waves               5                         2012        Exams            2014          Cheney
 4D      Modern Physics                       3                         2012        Exams            2014          O'Neill
 10      Introductory General Physics         5                         2012        Exams            2014           Blair
 11      Physics Lab                          1                                     Exams            2013          Cheney

         Astronomy Courses
  1A     Intro to Astronomy                   5                         2012        Exams            2014            Blair
  1B     Intro to the Stars                   4                         2012        Exams            2014            Blair

         Physical Science Courses
   1     Intro to Physical Science                          x
  17     Intro to the Dev of Mod Sci                        x

       Geology Courses
  1    Physical Geology                       5                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps
 1B    Historical Geology                     3                     2011              Exams          2013          Phelps
  2    Geology of the Nat Parks               2                     2011              Exams          2014          Phelps
  3    Geology of California                  3                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps
30A    Geology Field Studies of CA            5                     2011              Exams          2013          Phelps
30B    Geology Field Studies of CA            5                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps
 31    Regional Field Studies in Geo          5                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps
 32    Regional Field Studies in Geo                       x

       Oceanography Courses
 1     Intro of Oceanography                  5                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps
1L     Intro to Oceanography Lab              5                     2012              Exams          2014          Phelps

 IV. Please answer the following Course-level SLO questions:

        a. Please describe your discipline’s dialogue on assessment results. Where would one find evidence of this dialogue?
        Dialogue has occurred at department meetings, as reflected in meeting minutes. Results of our assessments correlated strongly with
        expectations. Further assessment is predicted to reinforce the correlation.
        b. Please summarize what your discipline learned from your assessments. How does your discipline plan to use the results to improve
            student learning?
        Assessment continues to provide evidence that our teaching practices strongly support the learning outcomes of our courses, and
        contribute to student success. We will continue to maintain and improve our teaching practices.

 V. Please answer the following Program-level PLO questions: No Programs
        a. Please explain what steps your program has taken to map and align your PLOs with your course SLOs (Curriculum Mapping
        b. How have you shared and discussed assessment results (e.g., through Community Advisory Committee discussions, discussions with
            employers, interviews of graduates, program faculty meetings)?
        c. What are your plans for further Program-level PLO assessments in the upcoming academic year?

If you have any questions regarding Assessment please contact Susan Mills at (951) 328-3738,, Jim Elton at (951) 222-8264,, or your Riverside Assessment Committee discipline representative

                                                      Instructional Unit Plan Update

C. Human Resource Status

Complete the Faculty and Staff Employment Grid below based on the 2012-2013 academic year. Please list full and part-time faculty
numbers in separate rows, and classified full and part-time staff separately.

                                                               Faculty Employed in the Unit
                           Teaching Assignment (e.g. Math, English)                  Full-time faculty       Part-time faculty
                                                                                     (give number)           (give number)
                           Physical Science                                          4                       3

                                                          Classified Staff Employed in the Unit

                           Classified Employee Title (e.g. IDS, Lab Assistant)       Full-time staff (give   Part-time staff
                                                                                     number)                 (give number)
                           IDS                                                       1
                           Lab Tech                                                                          1

Complete the Faculty and Staff Employment Grid below based on any anticipated changes for the 2013-2014 academic year (i.e. retirements, one-
year temps). If information is exactly the same, move on to the next page.

                                                               Faculty Employed in the Unit
                           Teaching Assignment (e.g. Math, English)                   Full-time faculty       Part-time faculty
                                                                                      (give number)           (give number)
                             Physical Science                                           4                      3

                                                          Classified Staff Employed in the Unit

                           Classified Employee Title (e.g. IDS, Lab Assistant)        Full-time staff (give   Part-time staff
                                                                                      number)                 (give number)
                            IDS                                                          1
                            Lab Technician                                                                     1

                                                                                                           Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

     1. Staff Needs
                                                   NEW OR REPLACEMENT STAFF (Faculty or Classified)1

                                    List Faculty or Staff Positions Needed for Academic Year.                                                       Indicate (N) =       Annual
            Please list in order (rank) of importance. Please justify and explain each faculty or staff request based                                New or (R) =        TCP*
                               on rubric criteria. (See APC Ranking Rubric for faculty positions.)                                                   Replacement

            Tenure-Track Instructor

                                                                                                                                                   R                   $50,948-
            Rationale: For the last ten years Physical Science has operated without the replacement of a retired full time faculty member. All                         $78,497
            of the full time faculty are teaching at a 1.4 FTEF or more every semester. The department has the lowest FTES of the college,
            and has not grown since the mid 1990s due to room constraints. With the new building, the potential now exists to expand the                               (Col. C, Step
            offerings in Physical Science, which is a key element for students needing to meet TMC requirements and for STEM students to                               1- Col. H.
            complete their foundation in the sciences.                                                                                                                 Step 6)


              Full time Lab Tech                                                                                                                   N                   $50,000
            Rationale: With the expansion of course offerings additional help in lab preparation will be necessary. We currently have only 1
            part-time lab tech, although he is very efficient, he simply does not have the necessary hours of employment to complete all the
            tasks requested of him.
            Planetarium curator/presenter                                                                                                          N                   $50,000
            Rationale: Presenter would be responsible for full-time implementation of the outreach program and
            maintenance scheduling.

1* TCP = “Total Cost of Position” for one year is the cost of an average salary plus benefits for an individual. For costs associated to faculty or staff positions, please contact
Business Services at (951) 222-8400. New positions (not replacement positions) also require space and equipment. Please be sure to add related office space, equipment and
other needs for new positions to the appropriate form and mention the link to the position. Please complete this form for “New” or “Replacement” Classified Staff. All
replacement staff must be filled per Article I, Section C of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) contract.
                                                                                                         Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

      2. Equipment (excluding technology) Needs Not Covered by Current Budget2

                                                                                                                   *Indicate whether                  Annual TCO**
                  List Equipment or Equipment Repair Needed for Academic Year.                                   Equipment is for (I) =
                                                                                                                 Instructional or (N) =
    Rank       Please list in order (rank) of importance. Please justify and explain each                          Non-Instructional
                                                                                                                                                            Number     Total Cost of
                                equipment request based on rubric criteria.                                            purposes             Cost per item
                                                                                                                                                            Requeste   Request
           Document Camera for Quad Classroom                                                                               I                 $2500            1           $2500
           Rationale: RCC Academic Master Plan: Values – learning environment-- “to provide and maintain                                  w/installation
           state-of-the-art equipment;” 2) Campus Goals – “essential to delivery of instruction—increase
           successful course completion with supplemental/alternative instruction; persistence; improving
           student learning outcomes.” Currently, only about one half of the Quad classrooms are equipped
           with document cameras. All classrooms should contain the same type and quality of equipment to
           ensure equity in instruction and learning. Document cameras should be replacing the old overhead
           Upgrade planetarium star projector to digital projection format                                                 I               $200,000            1         200,000
           Rationale: Existing technology is circa 1968!!


2 * Instructional Equipment is defined as equipment purchased for instructional activities involving presentation and/or hands-on experience to enhance student
learning and skills development (i.e. desk for student or faculty use).
Non-Instructional Equipment is defined as tangible district property of a more or less permanent nature that cannot be easily lost, stolen or destroyed; but which
replaces, modernizes, or expands an existing instructional program. Furniture and computer software, which is an integral and necessary component for the use of
other specific instructional equipment, may be included (i.e. desk for office staff).
2 * See Appendix for guidelines distinguishing between equipment and supplies

** TCO = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Instructional Media Center at (951) 222-8513 for a list of approved vendors and to request
quotes. If equipment needs are linked to a position please indicate.
                                                                                                            Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

    3.     Technology (Computers and equipment attached to them)++ Needs Not Covered by Current Budget: 3
NOTE: Technology: excludes software, network infrastructure, furniture, and consumables (toner, cartridges, etc)

                                                                                                                                         Annual TCO*
          List Technology Requested for
          Academic Year. Please list in order                                 Location
                                                     New (N)     Program:                  Is there       How
                                                                                (i.e                               Has it been
          (rank) of importance. Please justify           or      New (N) or                existing      many
  Rank                                               Replacem    Continuing
                                                                                         Infrastructu    users
          and explain each technology request                                 Classroo                             frequently?
                                                      ent (R)?     (C)?                       re?       served?
          based on rubric criteria.                                           m, etc.)                                                                Number      Total Cost of
                                                                                                                                     Cost per item   Requested      Request
           Two Network printers for department
          Rationale: There are more than 20 full-
          time faculty utilizing this printer to
          develop instructional materials. Current     R=1                    Work-
          printer >10 years old and high volume                      C                       Yes            >20        Y                 $1100           2          $2200
   EX     usage causes frequent breakdowns.            N=1                    room
          Functioning equipment is critical to
          meeting the needs of our students,
          department goals and course SLOs.
          Replacement of Computer for                   R           C         Class         Yes                                  $4000               1           4,000
          Planetarium Lecture W/                                              room/
          software                                                            office
          Rationale: computer is
   1.     increasingly unreliable and seems
          to be developing a hard drive or
          video card issue which doesn’t
          allow it to connect to the
          classroom projector.                                                                          1         no
          Upgrade planetarium star                      R           C         Planet        Yes                                      $200,000        1            200,000
          projector to digital projection                                     arium
          Rationale: Existing technology is                                                                 Yes
3 TCO = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Microcomputer Support at (951) 222-8397 for a list of approved vendors and to

request quotes. If equipment needs are linked to a position please indicate.
    ++Technology is a computer, equipment that attaches to a computer, or equipment that is driven by a computer.
     circa 1968!!
                                                                     $300   1   $300
3.   Purchase Filemaker Pro 12
     database software.                    N   C   231     YES   8
     Rationale: Physical Sciences has
     thousands of pieces of lab
     equipment and specimens that are
     now stored in a large cabinet
     filled room. The recent move to
     the new Science Building
     demonstrated a dire need to have
     a central database detailing the
     location, quantity, condition, etc.
     of all lab materials so that
     instructional use of our resources
     can be maximized, therefore
     benefiting student learning. Any
     faculty member needing a piece
     of equipment for teaching should
     have easy access to that
     equipment and such is not
     currently the case. An up to date
     database would also greatly assist
     us in quantifying our needs as a
     department thereby maximizing
     our use of our limited budgetary
                                                                                                         Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

    4. Facilities Needs Not Covered by Current Building or Remodeling Projects*4

                                                                                                                                                              Annual TCO*
               List Facilities Requests for Academic Year. Please list in order (rank) of importance. Please justify and
 RANK        explain each facility request based on rubric criteria. Requests should be for remodels, renovations or added
                                           new facilities and not basic repair and maintenance.                                                             Total Cost of Request

            Roof Replacement
            Rationale: The department building roof is in need of replacement. Currently, it leaks directly down the building                                      $2500
            and into our classrooms and office space. There have been three attempts to repair the roof. Previous leaks have
            caused damages to computer equipment and work space. The constant need to relocate staff and/or classrooms due
            to leaks has had a direct impact on the teaching and learning environment.
            Update the Planetarium facility:
                                                                                                                                                           $ ??????
            Rationale: Planetarium (PL-123) is used heavily for astronomy courses and for outreach presentations (for local
            grade schools and middle schools) and is in need of major maintenance, repair, and updating. The facility needs new
            carpet, desks & chairs need to be repaired, technology needs to be updated and there are issues with the buildings
            New Planetarium structure.                                                                                                                     $2.3 million
            Rationale: The above maintenance to the Planetarium must be done at a minimum. However it would be in the
            colleges, the students and the communities best long term interests to construct an entirely new facility. A larger,
            modern planetarium could accommodate many more students at all levels in the educational system (increasing our
            outreach program to the local grade schools and community star shows) and would ultimately be more cost effective
            to operate since the current equipment on campus was state of the art before man first landed on the moon. The
            building structure itself also has ongoing foundation and storm drainage problems and the type of construction used
            in the building is similar to the nearby old Science buildings found to be seismically unsafe. A new Astronomy
            Center would alleviate these problems and provide more students with the opportunity to experience the science in a
            safe, modern facility where the true magnificence of our universe could fully come to light.

4TCO    = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Facilities at (951) 222-8470 to obtain an accurate cost estimate and to learn if the
facilities you need are already in the planning stages. For basic repair and maintenance, please submit a facilities work order.


                                                                                                   Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

    5. Professional or Organizational Development Needs Not Covered by Current Budget*5
                List Professional Development Needs for Academic Year. Please list in order (rank) of                                      Annual TCO*
               importance. Please justify and explain each professional development request based on
 RANK        rubric criteria. Professional or Organizational development needs may include workshops, guest
                                                                                                                              Cost per   Number       Total Cost of
             speakers, training on equipment and/or software, attending conference, training needed to comply                  item                   Request
                            with state and/or federal regulations, and ongoing training in the field.
           Funding for Associate Faculty to Participate in Workshop for SLO Assessment                                         $100          36             $3600
           Rationale: Associate faculty members teach a large number of courses in our department, utilize department
           common assessments, and per ACCJC standards must be included in the dialogue for the improvement of
           assessment. Since associate faculty are not required or compensated for this work, the department would
           like to compensate them through a stipend. These workshops are critical for the completion of the
           assessment cycle and for faculty to use the results in helping students achieve their goals.

5TCO  = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Human Resources and/or the Faculty Development Coordinator to see if your request
can be met with their current budget.
     Funding for the development of a series of Science courses that would be taught on the island            $3,800   3   $11,400
     of Hawaii.
     Rationale: The study abroad program gives students the opportunity to gain an education and
     cultural experience in foreign countries, however the sciences have perhaps the most unique
     scientific study opportunities of anyplace on the planet located in the state of Hawaii. From a base
     of operations on the Big Island, students could experience Geology, Oceanography, Astronomy and
     Biology in an unparalleled classroom setting, most of which would not be in a classroom at all!
         On Hawaii students would have access to the most continuously active volcano in the world
     where they would study the formation of volcanic features, hot spot volcanism, volcanic activity
     and the development of volcanic island systems.
         The fringing reef systems, bays, lagoons and open ocean habitats surrounding the island offer
     students the opportunity to explore the oceans and their life forms, and examine reef systems, which
     are becoming increasingly endangered.
         With a dozen different telescopes of many types (optical, infrared, sub-millimeter, etc.) on
     Mauna Kea students would have access to some of the most advanced astronomical observation
     equipment on the planet with which they may be able to design and implement short-term research
     projects depending on the availability of the equipment.
         Finally, students would have the opportunity to study biology in one of the world’s most diverse
1.   biological settings. From the semi-arid shores near Kona to the rainforest near Hilo (just 2 hours
     drive away) Hawaii has 11 distinct ecosystems and represents 11 of the worlds 13 climate zones.
         With all this opportunity, a well planned winter or summer semester taught on Hawaii would be
     an unparalleled scientific immersion that would spark students desires to pursue a science degree
     and give them a base of knowledge that would be a pathway for success.
         To explore the possibilities of this exciting endeavor we are requesting the funds necessary for
     three faculty to travel to Hawaii in order to meet with personnel from the University of Hawaii
     regarding food and accommodations and possible telescope access at one or more of the 3 sites they
     operate which include the University of Hawaii (UH) Educational Telescope, the UH 2.2 meter
     telescope, and the NASA Infrared Telescope, operated by UH for NASA. UH would also be
     consulted for oceanographic cruises and use of wet labs for studying animals caught in tow cruises.
     We would also consult the National Park Service regarding access to volcanic features and
     monitoring equipment as well as arranging a special lecture from a specialist on the Hawaiian
     volcano and Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park. In addition, we would meet with local merchants
     to determine the cost of student transportation, boat rental for oceanographic cruises, rental of
     snorkeling gear and possible access to privately held beach/reef areas for instructional use.
         Although much of the planning would need to be done in Hawaii, several of the telescopes are
     operated in whole or in part by Caltech, and the University of California so we will need to
     determine the possibility of students using their facilities and what type of proposals would need to
     be submitted to allow students to have adequate time at their facilities which include Keck I and
     Keck II, and the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory.
         The need for the U.S. to increase student interest and success in the sciences is well documented.




                                                                                                           Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

     6. Student Support Services

                                      List Student Support Services Needs for the Academic Year.
              Please justify and explain each request based on rubric criteria. These are services needed by your unit over
    RANK                                                                                                                                                        Annual TCO*
              and above what is currently provided by student services at the college. Examples of needs that fall under student
                                                       support services are provided6.
             Our unit needs either a permanent part-time or reassigned Outreach staff member to assist our discipline with                                   $0 if Reassigned
             providing course, program and college information to the local community, either through partner high schools,                                  Time
             community based organizations and/or non-credit sites.
             Rationale: Based on enrollment data, the lower level courses in our discipline are typically cancelled due to low                               $25,000 for
             enrollment. However, based on our conversations with our community and as evidenced by the demographics,                                        Permanent part-time
             there is a demand and need. Potential students need information on how to enroll, take placement exams, and                                     w/benefits
             understanding the sequence of courses and pathways to potential careers. They need this information prior to
             coming to RCC to increase their likelihood of success.





6  *Student Support Services include for example: tutoring, counseling, international students, EOPS, job placement, admissions and records, student assessment (placement),
health services, student activities, college safety and police, food services, student financial aid, and matriculation. Please contact Student Services at (951) 222-8837 to obtain
an accurate cost estimate and to learn if these services are available or in the planning stages.
                                                                                                               Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

    7. Library Needs Not Covered by Current Library Holdings7

                 List Library Needs for Academic Year. Please justify and explain each request based on rubric criteria.
                                                                                                                                                                       Annual TCO
 RANK               These library resources are unit needs that are over and above what is currently provided by the library.
                                                    Please list in order (rank) or importance.
              The discipline needs for the library databases to be re-established for Access Science, American National
              Biography, Columbia Grangers World of Poetry, Criminal Justice & Periodicals Index, CQ Weekly, Oxford
              English Dictionary, ProQuest National Newspaper Core, World News Digest, American Film Scripts Online,
              ARTstor, Biography Resource Center, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Humanities International Complete,
              Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online, World Book Complete Suite.
              Rationale: The library and its databases are vital components of the courses within our discipline. For students to
              fully achieve student learning outcomes within their courses, this integral component of students’ access must be
              returned to its original capacity. Faculty rely on these critical resources as part of their instruction.






7 TCO = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Library Services at (951) 222-8657 for an estimate on databases and/or library resources.
                                                                                                               Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

    8. Learning Support Center Services

               List Learning Support Center Services Needs for Academic Year. Please justify and                                                 Total Cost of Requests
                explain each request based on rubric criteria.8 If your unit is responsible for running a
 RANK             learning support center such as the Writing and Reading Center, the Math Learning Center,                                                                         Ongoing
                                                                                                                                   Cost per      Number                              (O) or
                 Computer lab or similar learning support center please address those needs here. These do not                                                   Total Cost
                                                                                                                                    item        Requested                          one-time
                                 include laboratory components that are required of a course.                                                                                      (OT) cost
              Institutionalize the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program to provide SI leaders for our
              Rationale: Students in our discipline have benefited greatly from the SI’s. In the 2007-
                                                                                                                                             10 SI’s
              2008 academic year, students who participated in SI had a 62.1% success rate in                                       $2400
    EX        comparison to 24.7% who did not participate in SI, a difference of 37.4% between the two                               per                          $48,000             O
              groups. Students need the assistance of SI’s to succeed with course student learning                                 semeste
                                                                                                                                              = 20
              outcomes. Faculty with SI’s have continuously expressed the benefit of receiving                                     r per SI
              professional development for SI instructional strategies and the in-class and out-of-class
              support SI provides to their instruction.





8 TCO = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year. Please contact Lab Coordinators for a specific lab question or Academic Support Department at (951) 222-8434 to see if
your request can be met within the current budget and to get an estimated cost if new funding is needed.
                                                                                         Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

 9. OTHER NEEDS not covered by current budget

                                                                                                                    Annual TCO*
        List Other Needs that do not fit elsewhere.9 Please justify and explain
        each request based on rubric criteria. Not all needs will have a cost, but
RANK                                                                                                                                      Ongoing (O) or
        may require a reallocation of current staff time. Place items on list in order                     Number         Total Cost of   one-time (OT)
                                                                                           Cost per item
                                   (rank) or importance.                                                   Requested      Request         cost
       Our unit needs money for tournament awards in the form of scholarships to
       increase participation.
       Rationale: The tournament provides students with an enhanced learning                                    5
 EX    opportunity. This opportunity will increase overall attainment of student              $100         scholarships        $500             O
       learning outcomes (SLOs), increase access and overall persistence. Faculty                            per year
       use the competition an extension of in class learning and to promote their
       The Geology Field Courses offered in the Physical Sciences Department                 $16,000            1            $16,000            O
       need to have a budget allocated on a permanent basis (as agreed upon with                per
       Dr. Issac). This budget must pay for van rental, gas, camping fees, entrance         academic
       fees and faculty per diem.                                                             year (4
       Rationale: In the past, the budget necessary for the courses was absorbed in         courses).
       large part by Facilities, which maintained the van fleet and provided gas           Plus a 2%
       cards for use by the field courses. The remaining expenses were paid from a           increase
       small budget allocated for such and from the Dean’s reserve funds.                   per year
 1.    However, Facilities no longer has a van fleet (it was sold) and their budget         based on
       has been modified so that they cannot absorb the cost of fuel. The remaining             the
       budget within the department is far too small to cover the cost of                  continued
       transportation and fuel.                                                            rising cost
           RCC has had a long tradition of offering geology field courses, which           of fuel and
       offer a unique and often life changing experience for students that choose to       van rental.
       enroll in the courses. The purpose of the courses is to introduce students to
       the geology of California and other regions of the western United States.
       These areas offer some of the most impressive geological terrain in the world
       as reflected by the large number of state and National Parks found in the
region. Many areas in the west are used as training grounds for Petroleum
Geologists, Paleontologists, Hydrologists, Structural Geologists,
Stratigraphers, Sedimentologists, Paleoclimatologists, etc. etc. Additionally,
these areas are also active centers of ongoing research into earth’s past,
including the study of plants and animals, climate change, oil reserves, mass
extinctions and the structural development of North America to name just a
few. For students to have the chance to see these places and their geologic
setting is both a gift to the students and speaks highly of the educational
opportunities at RCC. For many students the experiences they gain during
the field courses completely changes their view of the world and shifts their
career goals into the realm of the sciences. Within the past 5 years many of
the students that have enrolled in the Geology Field Courses have switched
their major to Geology and are now attending the following schools, several
going on for Masters and Doctoral degrees: 4 students – UCR, 2 students –
UCLA, 1 student – USC, 1 student – Scripps, 1 student – UC Berkeley, 1
student – South Dakota School of Mines, 1 student Colorado School of
Mines, 4 students – Cal State San Bernardino, 2 students – Cal State
Fullerton, 1 student – Cal Poly Pomona and theses are just the ones I know
of. To my knowledge none of these students were geology majors before
attending RCC and enrolling in the geology field courses is what gave them
        Perhaps the easiest way to describe the field courses is to say what
they are not. One might assume that students simply go look at rocks and
one might ask why not just look at samples in a lab room, but neither of these
thoughts comes close to the mark. Looking at samples in a lab is fine for
learning to identify rocks and minerals but it offers little chance for the
students to gain an understanding of how rocks relate to the earth, how they
weather, what they can show us about earth history, the interpretations that
can be made with the techniques of field geology and what it’s like to really
be a geologist. Trying to understand earth history from lab samples is akin to
expecting someone to deduce the entire storyline of the Wizard of Oz from a
single frame of celluloid film showing a little dog in a basket. Geology is a
hands-on profession and is solidified in students minds in the field. This is a
widely recognized fact and is the reason Field Camp is still a requirement for
a Bachelors in Geology. Geology is about more than rocks though. Geology
is an integral part of the human experience, from constructing everything
     from roads to skyscrapers to the mining activity that provides the graphite in
     our pencils or the metals used in pacemakers, geology is everywhere in our
     society and without it we would be reduced to little more than our earliest
     primate ancestors, and even some of them used stone tools. The geology
     field courses offered at RCC reflect this tie between humans and our planet.
     We not only examine rocks, faults, landslides, mountains and all the other
     geological features, we also create from this information a plausible scenario
     of how the region was formed and what forces have shaped it. We examine
     how humans have interacted with the earth in every way from Native
     Americans using rocks to build fish traps along the banks of the Salton Sea,
     to mining activity that has labeled California the Golden State. We examine
     the flora and fauna and try to understand how they fit into the geological
     cycle and the cycles of the earth such as climate change. We discuss local
     history and also try to imagine what peoples of the future will be facing as
     our planet changes. The field courses offer far than just looking at rocks,
     they offer a chance to understand our planet and ourselves.
             Because the field courses have so much impact on the lucky students
     that enroll in them we are asking that the college continue to support the
     Geology curriculum and provide the funds necessary for the courses to
     continue offering the same level of experience that we have for many years.
     These courses operate on a shoestring budget and produce enormous results
     for the students with relatively little funding.




9 TCO = “Total Cost of Ownership” is the average cost for one year.
                                                                                                      Unit Name: _Physical Science________________________

 10. MID-RANGE FINANCIAL PLAN                                       The Resources Council and Institutional Effectiveness Council have asked for information that will make it
       easier for us to complete and update our Mid-Range Financial Plan. This information will help us to plan and to meet ACCJC requirements.

                                                      ITEM NAME
                                Is the item referenced in another planning document?

                                                                                                                                                                          Prof Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Learning Support
                                                       If so, where?

                                                                                                                                                                                             Student Support
                                     If no, where do you plan on putting this item?



                                (i.e. Facilities Master Plan, Comprehensive Instructional
                                                     Program Review)

          The department requires an updated facility with state of the art equipment to meet industry
          standards and train students on the most current equipment. This information is included in                                 X                        X
          the CIPR from 2011.
          The Physical Science Department will need to have major renovations completed on the
2015                                                                                                                                   X                        X
          existing Planetarium or have a new Planetarium constructed.
                                     Instructional Unit Plan Update
                                     Rubrics - Riverside City College

Appendix Table of Contents

Ranking Criterion for Faculty Position......................................i-iii

Resource Request Common Rubric..............................................iv

Guidelines for Distinguishing between Equipment and Supplies .v
These criteria and rubric apply to requests for faculty in Table 1.

Ranking Criterion for Faculty Positions
Rationale Form for Faculty Positions based on Data Supplied in Annual Program Review

   1. Discipline Needs based on Ratio of Full-Time to Part-Time Faculty for the Discipline (35 points Total)

           a. Ratio of Full-Time to Part-Time Faculty based on # Sections taught by F/T:P/T
           (15 Points. Points will be earned on a reverse sliding scale.)

           b. Part Time FTEF (i. + ii. = __________)
               i. Hourly FTEF _________ + Overload FTEF ______ = P/T FTEF
              ii. FTEF due to reassigned time, load bank or other leaves = ________

               (10 Points. Discipline data will be ranked and points awarded based on ranking.)

           c. Students served based on Enrollment Load with qualifier(s)
               Qualifiers may include, but are not limited to, lecture/lab courses, lab components, and/or linked courses.
               Enrollment Load (students served) by the Discipline = __________
               (10 Points. Points will be awarded based on the strength of the argument. See Rubric.)

   2. Other Discipline Need (20 points Total)

           a. WSCH/FTEF w/ qualifier
              Qualifiers may include, but are not limited to, external regulating agency requirements or
              standards (State/National), Accreditation requirements/regulatory requirements (not recommendations), Health & Safety (OHSA,
              HazMat, Violations, Injury Issues), space limitations
              and institutional demands for specialty course offerings.
              (10 Points. Points will be awarded based on the strength of the argument. See Rubric.)

           b. Trends (anticipated retirements; discipline specific trends; expertise; technology shifts/influences, recruitment efforts/issues)
              (10 Points. Points will be awarded based on the strength of the argument. See Rubric.)
   3. Program (Discipline) Growth Trends with qualifier (5 points Total)
         a. Enrollments/WSCH/FTES over the last three years (5 Points. Discipline data (% of growth) will be ranked and points awarded
            based on ranking.)

   4. How a faculty hire supports the Discipline, Department, & College Goals
       as stated in the Educational Master Plan. (5 Points Total)
      (5 Points. Points will be awarded based on the strength of the argument. See Rubric.)

   5. Additional Factors (Job Market & Outlook Data/ Transferability & Matriculation/ (5 Points Total)
      Improved Quality of Student Experience {i.e., Puente, Honors, Summer Conservatory, Forensics}/ Other)
      (5 Points. Points will be awarded based on the strength of the argument. See Rubric.)

1c. Students served based on enrollment load with qualifier(s)
    9-10 Points            7-8 Points           5-6 Points         3-4 Points          1-2 Points                0 Points
 Compelling             Strong Argument       Average Argument   Weak/Average         Weak Argument           No Argument Made
 Argument                                                        Argument

2a. WSCS/FTEF with qualifier(s)
    13-15 Points       10-12 Points         7-9 Points             4-6 Points          1-3 Points                0 Points
 Compelling         Strong Argument        Average Argument      Weak/Average         Weak Argument           No Argument Made
 Argument                                                        Argument
2b. Trends
   13-15 Points            10-12 Points      7-9 Points            4-6 Points           1-3 Points           0 Points
 Compelling             Strong Argument     Average Argument     Weak/Average          Weak Argument      No Argument Made
 Argument                                                        Argument

4. Faculty hire supports District/College/Discipline & Department Goals in Education Master Plan
    9-10 Points             7-8 Points            5-6 Points           3-4 Points           1-2 Points       0 Points
 Compelling              Strong Argument        Average Argument Weak/Average             Weak Argument   No Argument Made
 Argument                                                           Argument

5. Additional Factors
    9-10 Points            7-8 Points        5-6 Points            3-4 Points           1-2 Points           0 Points
 Compelling             Strong Argument     Average Argument     Weak/Average          Weak Argument      No Argument Made
 Argument                                                        Argument
                                                            Resource Request Common Rubric
                                                These criteria and rubric apply to requests in Tables 2-9
Criteria                            Description for this category will:                                                                         Points
Supporting students in their        Illustrate how the request is expected to lead to student course completion and success, term to term                /30
goals                               persistence, [progress in basic skills attainment,] awards, certificates, or transfer. Narrative may also
                                    show how the request aligns with college goals, mission statement, vision, and strategic initiatives.

Supporting faculty in their         Explain how the request is a necessary and integral part of supporting faculty members' pursuit of                   /25
teaching                            the program, department, or discipline goals and is essential to or useful in delivery of instruction.
                                    Additionally, narrative may explain the degree to which the request supports the unit's
                                    comprehensive program review.

Supporting faculty in               Demonstrate how the request fulfills professional development needs and may include workshops,                       /10
professional development            guest speakers, training on equipment and/or software, attending conferences, training needed to
                                    comply with state and/or federal regulations and ongoing training in the field.

Improvement need resulting          Explain how the request comes from objective (SLO / PLO) assessment results that show that this                      /15
from assessment                     request will result in improvement in unit. The request should illustrate what the specific intended
                                    improvements are and how they relate to overall mission, goals, or function of the unit (and/or
                                    college goals or mission.)

Obsolescence                        Show obsolescence of equipment being replaced as primary cause for need. This request relates to                     /10
                                    the replacement or updating of existing instructional technology and learning resources and should
                                    provide details (such as length, frequency, and type of use) to help illustrate obsolescence.

Safety and Compliance               Show how need meets American Disability Act (ADA), Occupational Safety & Health                                      /10
                                    Administration (OSHA), Federal, State, or Local regulations or laws, and/or how it addresses
                                    hazards or issues that cause unfit conditions requiring mitigation from potential danger.

   30 Point Scale:   30 = Superior 23 = Above Average     15 = Average     8 = Below Average      0 = No Effort/Non Applicable
   25 Point Scale:   25 = Superior 19 = Above Average     13 = Average     6 = Below Average      0 = No Effort/Non Applicable
   15 Point Scale:   15 = Superior 11 = Above Average      8 = Average     4 = Below Average      0 = No Effort/Non Applicable
   10 Point Scale:   10 = Superior 8 = Above Average       5 = Average     3 = Below Average      0 = No Effort/Non Applicable

   NOTE: The above weighting scale point values will be used for ranking criteria. For example, a 30 point scale will not be given a 26 point value.
Guidelines for Distinguishing Between Supplies and Equipment

Whether an item should be classified as equipment or as supplies is determined on the basis of the length of time the item is serviceable and on its
contribution to the value of the college. For example, supplies are constantly being consumed and replaced without increasing the value of the
physical properties of the district. Equipment has relatively permanent value, and its purchase increases the value of the physical assets of the district.

Supplies are items of expendable nature that are consumed or worn out, deteriorate in use, or are easily broken, damaged or lost. Examples include
glassware, reagents, paper, and pencils, cleaning materials, nails, scissors, test tubes and keys. Items that have a relatively short service life (less than
one year) and that, therefore, must be replaced frequently are charged as supplies.

Equipment on the other hand are items that usually last more than two years and cost at least $ 200 and where repairs are more economical than
replacement. Repair parts and accessories to equipment are however classified as supplies regardless of cost.

To top