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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment

GE Category 3 Rubric

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/assessment/gened/GEAssessCat3.html

Category 3: Natural Science

Goal: To improve students' understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry

Objectives/Outcomes:
Following the Completion of Category 3 of the General Education Program, students can:
1. Develop an understanding of scientific theories
2. Formulate and test hypotheses in either a laboratory or field situation
3. Communicate experimental findings and interpretations
4. Apply the natural science perspective to social issues

Population:

Sample sections of Category 3 general education courses

Who does the Assessment?

Category 3 Course Instructor's Assessment Group

Assessment Rubric for O/O #1: Develop an understanding of scientific theories

1 Student can identify a scientific theory
2 Student can offer a definition of a scientific theory
3 Student can describe how scientific theories are developed

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #2: Formulate and test hypotheses in either a laboratory or field situation

1 Student can formulate an hypothesis
2 Student can formulate a testable hypothesis
3 Student can formulate a testable hypothesis and describe a simple experiment to test the hypothesis
4 Student can formulate a testable hypothesis, conduct a simple experiment to test the hypothesis, and evaluate the hypothesis based upon the experimental outcome

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #3: Communication experimental findings and interpretations

1 Student can effectively communicate experimental results
2 Student can effectively communicate experimental results and the interpretation of those results
3 Student can effectively communicate the application of scientific method to the experiment

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #3: Communication experimental findings and interpretations

1 Student can identify a relationship between the natural science perspective and a social issue
2 Student can describe a relationship between the natural science perspective and a social issue
3 Student can analyze a relationship between the natural science perspective and a social issue

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered