Motlow State Community College
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Use of Assessment Results
Fall Semester 2008
Program Title: General Education, University Parallel Major
Course: PHYS 2110 -- Calculus Based Physics I
Expected Student Learning Outcome: After completing Physics 2110, students will:
A. Be able to solve kinematic problems involving scalar and vector physical quantities
B. Understand the effects of forces on translational and projectile motion, and on
equilibrium, through the application of Newton’s Laws of Motion (questions 5-9).
C. Learn the relationships between work, energy and power as they relate to mechanical
systems and projectile motion (questions 10-14).
D. Understand the concepts of impulse and momentum and be able to solve simple
collision problems (questions 15-18).
E. Study gravitation and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to objects moving in Uniform
Circular Motion and Simple Harmonic Motion (questions 19-21).
F. Be introduced to the basic properties of mechanical waves in solids and fluids (questions
Performance Measures: A Pre-Test will be administered on the first or second day of the class
covering the topics described above. The Pre-Test will consist of 25 multiple choice questions
with approximately equal numbers of questions applying to each of the numbered Learning
Outcomes. Additionally, a Post-Test containing exactly the same questions as the Pre-Test will
be given on the last day of class immediately prior to the Final Exam.
Results of the Pre- and Post-Tests will be presented in table format, showing the question
numbers, the associated Learning Outcome numbers, the number of questions and percentage
missed, and the percentage of correct questions answered.
Effectiveness Standard: The Post-Test average score will be at least 20 percentage points
higher than the Pre-Test average score if the Pre-Test score is below 50. Each item will have at
least a 50% correct response in the Post-Test.
Assessment Results: In one class section of five students assessed by a 25-question Pre/Post
Test, both Effectiveness Standards were met for 22 questions (88% of the test) by the students.
Neither standard was met for two questions (Nos. 3 and 15, 8% of the test), and one of two
standards was not met for question No. 19 (4% of the test).
Specifically, question No. 3 dealt with Student Learning Outcome A, question No. 15 with
Student Learning Outcome D, and question No. 19 dealt with Student Learning Outcome E.
Of four questions dealing with Student Learning Outcome A, question No. 3 failed meeting
standards (0% correct for both Pre- and Post-Test results). Of five questions dealing with
Student Learning Outcome B, all standards were met. Of five questions dealing with Student
Learning Outcome C, all standards were met. Of four questions dealing with Student Learning
Outcome D, one question (No. 15) did not meet both standards. Of three questions dealing with
Student Learning Outcome E, one question (No. 19) met only one of two standards (50% at least
correct responses on Post-Test). Of four questions dealing with Student Learning Outcome F, all
standards were met.
The Pretest average
score will be 20
Expected percentage points
Student Pretest Post higher than the Pre-test Each item will have at least
Question Learning % test % average score if the pre- 50% correct responses in
Number outcome Correct Correct Difference test is below 50. the Post-test.
1 A 0 80 80 Standard Met Standard Met
2 A 80 80 0 Standard Met Standard Met
3 A 0 0 0 **Standard Not Met** **Standard Not Met**
4 A 0 60 60 Standard Met Standard Met
5 B 100 100 0 Standard Met Standard Met
6 B 40 80 40 Standard Met Standard Met
7 B 0 60 60 Standard Met Standard Met
8 B 60 100 40 Standard Met Standard Met
9 B 60 100 40 Standard Met Standard Met
10 C 80 100 20 Standard Met Standard Met
11 C 0 100 100 Standard Met Standard Met
12 C 100 100 0 Standard Met Standard Met
13 C 80 100 20 Standard Met Standard Met
14 C 60 60 0 Standard Met Standard Met
15 D 20 20 0 **Standard Not Met** **Standard Not Met**
16 D 20 80 60 Standard Met Standard Met
17 D 60 100 40 Standard Met Standard Met
18 D 100 100 0 Standard Met Standard Met
19 E 0 40 40 Standard Met **Standard Not Met**
20 E 100 100 0 Standard Met Standard Met
21 E 100 80 -20 Standard Met Standard Met
22 F 100 60 -40 Standard Met Standard Met
23 F 20 80 60 Standard Met Standard Met
24 F 60 60 0 Standard Met Standard Met
25 F 60 80 20 Standard Met Standard Met
Use of Assessment Results: Department Chair has met with the class instructor to analyze
results, noting successes and failures. More class time, as well as homework problems in both
lecture and lab activities, will be designed in the future to continue successes but also correct
the specific failures.