El Paso Community College Discipline - Engineering (SLO's)

Area Effectiveness Plan Report - Four Column
                                                                  El Paso Community College
                                                                Discipline - Engineering (SLO's)
          Discipline Mission The engineering department at El Paso Community College provides students the skills and knowledge necessary for
                  Statement: employment at entry-level positions in Engineering or related fields. The curriculum offers students courses that are
                             transferable to a four-year college or university.
                                              Means of Assessment & Standard -                                                                 Use of Results for Improvement & Follow
Student Learning Outcomes                                                                 Results/Analysis
                                              Criteria for Success / Strategie(s)                                                              -Up
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -            Means of Assessment:                        12/06/2011 - The average score was an 85%.           08/21/2012 - The students will
Introduction to Engineering - Mesh-Current Comprehensive exam prepared by the             There were a total of 17 students who took this      check the circuit using node voltage
Analysis - The student will be able to        instructor.                                 final this semester. There were 11 students who      analysis to make sure that the
calculate across a given a target element in Assessment Tool:                             learned the material successfully for this Student   problems are solved correctly.
a network. Usually, the current variables are Exit/Final Exam                             Learning Outcome.
chosen to flow clockwise around the           Standard - Criteria for Success:            Result Type:
periphery of each of the open areas of the    Students should score 70 out of a 100       Standard Met
circuit diagram.                              possible points.                            Recommendation Status:
                                              Assessment Date:                            2 - Recommendation Documented
Outcome Start Date:                           05/12/2010                                  Evaluation of the Assessment:
01/14/2010                                                                                The standard was met successfully.
Outcome Status:                                                                           12/05/2011 - The average score was a 96%.            08/21/2012 - The students will
Active                                                                                    There were a total of 13 students who took this      check the circuit using node voltage
                                                                                          final this semester. There were 12 students who      analysis to make sure that the
                                                                                          learned the material successfully for this Student   problems are solved correctly.
                                                                                          Learning Outcome.
                                                                                          Result Type:
                                                                                          Standard Met
                                                                                          Recommendation Status:
                                                                                          2 - Recommendation Documented
                                                                                          Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                                                          The standard was met successfully.
                                                                                          08/24/2010 - The class average score was 62%.        07/21/2011 - Students will be taught
                                                                                          Result Type:                                         how to input and check any system
                                                                                          Standard Not Met                                     of linear equations into Microsoft
                                                                                          Recommendation Status:                               Excel. There are several methods
                                                                                          2 - Recommendation Documented                        that students can choose from to
                                                                                          Evaluation of the Assessment:                        solve systems of linear equations.
                                                                                          The use of Microsoft Excel along with                Methods include but are not limited
                                                                                          TracDat provides a good way for faculty to           to substitution, addition,
                                                                                          study, analyze, and document data                    determinants, and matrices.
                                                                                          pertaining to student learning outcomes.

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                                                                                             Monitoring of grades, achieving academic
                                                                                             standards, and making recommendations
                                                                                             for the future are aspects that give the
                                                                                             professor an extra tool to make sure that
                                                                                             objectives are successfully achieved.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Statics -   Means of Assessment:                          03/07/2011 - The average score was an 69%.   07/21/2011 - Beams of different
Centroids of Lines, Areas, and Volumes - I -   The student will demonstrate the ability to   Result Type:                                 cross sectional areas will be
The student will determine the centroid of     solve problems related to the topics and/or   Standard Not Met                             provided to the students during
the beam's cross-sectional area. Assuming      concepts discussed in class.                  Recommendation Status:                       class. Using a Vernier Caliper,
that a body of density p has a small but       Assessment Tool:                              2 - Recommendation Documented                students will measure the required
constant thickness t, it can be modeled as a   Exit/Final Exam                               Evaluation of the Assessment:                dimensions and work out problems
surface area A. The mass of an element         Standard - Criteria for Success:              The use of Microsoft Excel along with        that reinforce concepts related to
becomes dm= pt dA. The coordinates of the      The class as a group should score 70% or      TracDat provides a good way for faculty to   this student learning outcome.
center of mass of the body the coordinates     better.                                       study, analyze, and document data
of the centroid C.                             Assessment Date:                              pertaining to student learning outcomes.
Outcome Start Date:                            12/15/2010                                    Monitoring of grades, achieving academic
09/06/2010                                                                                   standards, and making recommendations
Outcome Status:                                                                              for the future are aspects that give the
Active                                                                                       professor an extra tool to make sure that
                                                                                             objectives are successfully achieved.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Statics -   Means of Assessment:                          03/07/2011 - The average score was an 68%.   07/21/2011 - There are several free
Structures - I - The student will be able to   The student will demonstrate the ability to   Result Type:                                 programs on the internet that
determine the force in members of a truss      solve problems related to the topics and/or   Standard Not Met                             students will download in order to
structure if the members are in tension or     concepts discussed in class.                  Recommendation Status:                       design, build, and check all the
compression. Using the support of              Assessment Tool:                              2 - Recommendation Documented                values of forces in members.
reactions equations and the method of          Exit/Final Exam                               Evaluation of the Assessment:                Students will be given a list of URL
sections will give the student sufficient      Standard - Criteria for Success:              The use of Microsoft Excel along with        addresses so that they can practice
elements to formulate an analysis and solve    The class as a group should score 70% or      TracDat provides a good way for faculty to   with the one they feel most
for the force acting on each of the members    better.                                       study, analyze, and document data            confortable with.
of the truss structure.                        Assessment Date:                              pertaining to student learning outcomes.
Outcome Start Date:                            12/15/2010                                    Monitoring of grades, achieving academic
09/26/2010                                                                                   standards, and making recommendations
Outcome Status:                                                                              for the future are aspects that give the
Active                                                                                       professor an extra tool to make sure that
                                                                                             objectives are successfully achieved.

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                                                Criteria for Success / Strategie(s)                                                                -Up




Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to     Means of Assessment:                          12/31/2011 - The average score was a 75%.            08/28/2012 - The students will
thermal Fluids - The First Law of               The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 29 students who took this      practice writing the values given on
Thermodynamics: Control Volume - I - The        solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 27 students who      the right part of the diagram. If no
student will determine the mass and volume      concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   diagram or sketch is given then the
flow rate through a nozzle and the average      Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    students will create one. From the
velocity of the air as it enters the balloon.   Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         diagram with values, students will
The boundaries of a control volume are          Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         simply substitute the appropriate
called a control surface, and they can be       The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               values into the formula or formulas.
real or imaginary. In the case of a nozzle,     better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented                        Then, the students will solve for the
the inner surface of the nozzle forms the       Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:                        correct variable without forgetting
real part of the boundary, and the entrance     05/18/2011                                    The standard was met successfully.                   that average velocity is expressed in
and exit areas form the imaginary part,                                                                                                            units.
since there are no physical surfaces there.
Equations derived from this system allow
students to determine the value all of
variables related to this problem.                                                            06/27/2011 - The average score was an 65%.           07/21/2011 - The professor will find
                                                                                              Result Type:                                         an application that suits the
Outcome Start Date:
                                                                                              Standard Not Met                                     requirements for this problem.
01/03/2011
                                                                                              Recommendation Status:                               Students will be given a handout
Outcome Status:                                                                               2 - Recommendation Documented                        that will require the students to
Active
                                                                                              Evaluation of the Assessment:                        answer some key questions towards
                                                                                              The use of Microsoft Excel along with                understanding these type of
                                                                                              TracDat provides a good way for faculty to           problems thoroughly.
                                                                                              study, analyze, and document data
                                                                                              pertaining to student learning outcomes.
                                                                                              Monitoring of grades, achieving academic
                                                                                              standards, and making recommendations
                                                                                              for the future are aspects that give the
                                                                                              professor an extra tool to make sure that
                                                                                              objectives are successfully achieved.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to     Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 61%.
thermal Fluids - The entropy change of ideal    The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 29 students who took this
gases - I - " The student will develop an       solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 16 students who
effective strategy to solve problems            concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student
involving the entropy change of ideal gases.    Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.
The first step is to draw a schematic and T-
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s diagram for the problem. The entropy of                                                      Result Type:
vaporization is the increase in entropy when     Exit/Final Exam                               Standard Not Met
vaporizing a substance. This is always           Standard - Criteria for Success:              Recommendation Status:
positive since the degree of disorder            The class as a group should score 70% or      1 - Recommendation Pending
increases in the transition from an              better.                                       Evaluation of the Assessment:
organized crystalline solid or a slightly less   Assessment Date:                              There were 8 studens who could only
organized liquid to the extremely                05/18/2011                                    rescue 5 points out 25 possible points. That
disorganized structure of a gas. It is                                                         was about 28 percent of the class.
denoted as ÄSovap and normally
expressed in J/mol·K. The enthalpy of                                                          06/27/2011 - The average score was an 62%.        07/21/2011 - There is an article
                                                                                               Result Type:                                      closely related to this problems. The
vaporization, (symbol ÄHvap), also known
as the heat of vaporization or heat of                                                         Standard Not Met                                  professor will make copies and will
                                                                                               Recommendation Status:                            distribute it during class. Students
evaporation, is the energy required to
transform a given quantity of a substance                                                      2 - Recommendation Documented                     will be asked to read it and discuss
into a gas at a given pressure (often                                                          Evaluation of the Assessment:                     in class how the four points below
atmospheric pressure). It is often measured                                                    The use of Microsoft Excel along with             relate to the article.
at the normal boiling point of a substance;                                                    TracDat provides a good way for faculty to        1) Pressure as it enters and exits
although tabulated values are usually                                                          study, analyze, and document data                 the control volume.
corrected to 298 K, the correction is often                                                    pertaining to student learning outcomes.          2) Enthalphy as it enters and exits
smaller than the uncertainty in the                                                            Monitoring of grades, achieving academic          the control volume.
measured value. The heat of vaporization is                                                    standards, and making recommendations             3) Temperature as it enters and
temperature-dependent, though a constant                                                       for the future are aspects that give the          exits the control volume.
heat of vaporization can be assumed for                                                        professor an extra tool to make sure that         4) Entropy as it enters and exits the
small temperature ranges and below                                                             objectives are successfully achieved.             control volume.
Tr
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determine the stress components acting on                                                     learned the material successfully for this Student
                                                concepts discussed in class.
the inclined plane AB and solve the problem                                                   Learning Outcome.
                                                Assessment Tool:
by resolving components. The x, y elements                                                    Result Type:
                                                Exit/Final Exam
must be sectioned and labeled with                                                            Standard Not Met
                                                Standard - Criteria for Success:
appropriate values. The student then will                                                     Recommendation Status:
                                                The class as a group should score 70% or
first convert all the stress components to                                                    1 - Recommendation Pending
                                                better.
forces by multiplying the stresses by their                                                   Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                Assessment Date:
associated areas. A free body diagram of                                                      Only twenty five percent of the students was
                                                05/19/2011
the segment is constructed using the forces                                                   able to solve this problem.
(not the stresses). Using the equations of
force equilibrium, the student will the                                                       07/13/2011 - The average score was an 65%.           07/21/2011 - The students will
                                                                                              Result Type:                                         calculate and draw the free-body
convert the forces to the required normal
and shear stress components.                                                                  Standard Not Met                                     diagram with the right stress
                                                                                              Recommendation Status:                               components.
Outcome Start Date:                                                                           2 - Recommendation Documented
01/03/2011
                                                                                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
Outcome Status:                                                                               The use of Microsoft Excel along with
Active                                                                                        TracDat provides a good way for faculty to
                                                                                              study, analyze, and document data
                                                                                              pertaining to student learning outcomes.
                                                                                              Monitoring of grades, achieving academic
                                                                                              standards, and making recommendations
                                                                                              for the future are aspects that give the
                                                                                              professor an extra tool to make sure that
                                                                                              objectives are successfully achieved.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to     Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 96%.            08/21/2012 - This students will be
thermal Fluids - Energy Balance for Closed      The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 29 students who took this      exposed to actual devices that use
Systems - The Student will learn to             solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 27 students who      this type of process.
calculate the heat transfer required for a      concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student
given process. This process contains a          Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.
mixture of liquid water and vapor at 100        Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:
degrees Celsius with a 12.3 percent quality.    Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
The mixture is then heated to 180 degrees       The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Celsius. The student will learn that for any    better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
given process of this nature, the energy        Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
balance is expressed by equating Energy         12/31/2011                                    The standard was met successfully.
into the process and energy out of the
process. The student will apply the first law
of thermodynamics.

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Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy     Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 74%.            08/28/2012 - A handout with several
Engineers/Scientists - Present Value of an     The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      problems will be distributed among
Ordinary Annuity - The student will learn to   solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 34 students who      the students. The series of problems
calculate the present value of a small         concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   will increase in difficulty level so that
payroll over the next three years. Providing   Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    the students build up solving
that the value of all combined salaries is     Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         techniques as they calculate each
worth $250,000.00 this year. The boss          Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         variable in the problems.
expects to give each employee a raise of       The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
6% each year. The student will calculate the   better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
present worth of his employees' salaries at    Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
an interest rate of 10% per year.              01/05/2012                                    The standard was met successfully.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy     Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 66%.            08/21/2012 - The students will
Engineers/Scientists - Even Cash Flows -       The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      calculate the value of the first three
Present Value of cash flow stream - The        solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 27 students who      decreasing cash flows and total
student will learn to calculate the value of   concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   them.
decreasing even cash flows that an oil         Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    Alternatively, the students will learn
company expects to get from a well over the    Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         how to calculate the uniform annual
next five years. Then the student will also    Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Not Met                                     worth for each period.
learn to calculate the present value of the    The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               The students will compare the two
cash flow stream form years 1 to 5 if the      better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented                        scenarios by graphing each
interest rate is fixed at 12% per year.                                                      Evaluation of the Assessment:                        alternative.
Outcome Start Date:                                                                          The problem was challenging but the
08/21/2011                                                                                   students should have been able to score
Outcome Status:                                                                              better on this one.
Active

Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy     Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was an 83%.           08/28/2012 - The students will find I
Engineers/Scientists - Rules of Doubling -     The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      (interest rate) using the rule of 72
The student will learn to use the rules of     solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 35 students who      and using the formula for simple
doubling the value to estimate the interest    concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   interest rate. These simple methods
rate that would be required for $94,000 to     Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.

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double in 5 years if the interest rate is (a)                                                                                                        will be discussed in class to
simple and (b) compound. To find the              Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:
                                                                                                                                                     estimate a value for the student?s
simple interest rate, the student will just use   Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
                                                                                                                                                     car, house, or any asset. Students
the formula to calculate simple interest rate.    The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
                                                                                                                                                     will easily find out that they can
To find the compound interest rate, the           better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
                                                                                                                                                     compute the best alternative even
student will learn and apply the rule of 72.                                                    Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                                                                                                                     mentally.
                                                                                                The standard was met successfully.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy        Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 78%.            08/28/2012 - These types of
Engineers/Scientists - Uneven Cash Flows -        The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      problems require the students to do
The Student will learn to calculate the           solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 39 students who      repetitive calculations using two
present value of uneven cash flows. The           concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   different formulas varying the year
Student will discount the cash flows and          Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    and the interest rate. Most scientific
then sum them to find the present value of        Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         calculators are programmable. The
the streams.                                      Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         students will create and save these
Outcome Start Date:                               The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               two functions into their calculators
08/21/2011                                        better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented                        so that they can simply punch in the
Outcome Status:                                                                                 Evaluation of the Assessment:                        parameters for each of the functions
Active                                                                                          The standard was met successfully.                   created. Finally, students will store
                                                                                                                                                     the value obtained from each
                                                                                                                                                     function into an array which will be
                                                                                                                                                     totaled and this total represents the
                                                                                                                                                     sum of all cash flows.




Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy        Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 74%.            08/21/2012 - The students will be
Engineers/Scientists - Present value -            The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      asked to work out the problem
Specific Periods - The Student will learn to      solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 35 students who      using the formula varying the
calculate the present value of an ordinary        concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   exponent which is equal to the
annuity. The Student will discount the cash       Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    period number. Then, the students
flows for the years required and then sum         Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         will use the calculator or EXCEL to
them to find the present value of the             Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         check their answers.
streams.                                          The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Outcome Start Date:                               better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
08/21/2011                                                                                      Evaluation of the Assessment:
Outcome Status:
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                                                                                              The standard was met successfully.
Active

Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was an 83%.           08/28/2012 - A problem of this
Engineers/Scientists - Future Value - The       The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      nature is useful in everyday
Student will learn to calculate the future      solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 35 students who      situations of individuals. As students
value of ordinary annuity.                      concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   grow up and starting making
Outcome Start Date:                             Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    investments, they will require
08/21/2011                                      Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         applying the mechanics of this
Outcome Status:                                 Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         problem to make exact calculations
Active                                          The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               of every alternative. As students
                                                better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented                        begin to have the need to purchase
                                                                                              Evaluation of the Assessment:                        assets on credit for their families,
                                                                                              The standard was met successfully.                   they will find these concepts useful.




Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was an 87%.           08/21/2012 - The students will
Engineers/Scientists - Present value -          The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      analyze and work out each of the
Alternatives - The Student will learn to        solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 39 students who      two alternatives selecting the one
calculate the best alternative of two           concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   that is more profitable.
investments considering the initial cost, the   Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.
annual maintenance cost, the salvage            Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:
value, and the life in years.                   Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
Outcome Start Date:                             The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
08/21/2011                                      better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
Outcome Status:                                                                               Evaluation of the Assessment:
Active                                                                                        The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 63%.            08/21/2012 - The students will work
Engineers/Scientists - Future Value             The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      more problems using different
Analysis - Purchase or Lease - The Student      solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 24 students who      amounts. A better understanding is
will learn to analyze whether to purchase or    concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   expected by gradually increasing or
lease a new clamshell. If purchased, the        Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    decreasing the values in key
shell will cost $150,000 and is expected to     Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         variables of each problem.
have a $65,000 salvage value in 6 years.        Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Not Met
Alternatively, the company can lease a          The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
clamshell for $30,000 per year, but the         better.
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lease payments will have to be made at the                                                    2 - Recommendation Documented
beginning of each year. If the company's                                                      Evaluation of the Assessment:
minimum attractive rate of return is 15 %                                                     Only 24 students were able to understand
per year, should the clamshell be purchase                                                    how to solve this problem.
or lease? For both alternatives the student
will compute the interest rate of return and
discard the one with anything less than 15
% rate of return.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 72%.            08/28/2012 - These problems allow
Engineers/Scientists - Payback Period - The     The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      students to practice with the
Student will learn to analyze the payback       solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 25 students who      concepts of present value and future
period for an asset using two different         concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   value. The present and future value
interest rates. Payback period in capital       Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    of an amount can be calculated
budgeting refers to the period of time          Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         using a formula, a calculator, or a
required for the return on an investment to     Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         computer running EXCEL. Students
"repay" the sum of the original investment.     The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               will try each of these methods to
For example, a $1000 investment which           better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented                        select the best one that works for
returned $500 per year would have a two                                                       Evaluation of the Assessment:                        them.
year payback period. The time value of                                                        The standard was met successfully.
money is not taken into account. Payback
period intuitively measures how long
something takes to "pay for itself." All else
being equal, shorter payback periods are
preferable to longer payback periods.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 67%.            08/28/2012 - The textbook come
Engineers/Scientists - Perpetuity - A           The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      with a set of tables that provide the
perpetuity is an annuity that has no end, or    solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 31 students who      students with discrete cash flows,
a stream of cash payments that continues        concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   Compound, and Interest factors.
forever. The student will determine its         Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    The students will use this factor to
perpetual equivalent annual worth (in years     Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         speed up the calculation of the
1 through infinity) considering that the cash   Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Not Met                                     required problem. It is important that
flow now is $100,000.00 and $50,000.00          The class as a group should score 70% or
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every 5 years forever at an interest rate of                                                                                                       the students compare the total value
8% per year.                                                                                  Recommendation Status:                               of cash flows considering inflation,
                                                better.
Outcome Start Date:                                                                           2 - Recommendation Documented                        and devaluation of currency.
08/21/2011                                                                                    Evaluation of the Assessment:
Outcome Status:                                                                               There were 31 students who passed this
Active                                                                                        objective. Unfortunately, some students
                                                                                              could only rescue 3 points or no points at
                                                                                              all.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 56%.            08/22/2012 - The students will
Engineers/Scientists - Future Value -           The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      calculate the interest earned on an
Uneven Cash Flows - The future value of         solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 24 students who      investment for each period keeping
uneven cash streams is done by                  concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   in mind that cash flows will be
compounding rather than discounting. The        Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    disbursed at the beginning of each
student will learn to calculate the future      Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         period. Students will be encouraged
value of the of an amount of money from         Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Not Met                                     to use EXCEL to improve their
year 6 on given the interest rate and the       The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:                               solving techniques.
initial amount. However, after year 5 cash      better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
flows will be computed as an amount equal                                                     Evaluation of the Assessment:
to the interest that is generated on the                                                      Most scores were low. There were some
investment.                                                                                   zeros and too many threes. Eventhough 24
Outcome Start Date:                                                                           students passed, the students who could
08/21/2011                                                                                    not rescued enough points brought down
Outcome Status:                                                                               the average score.
Active

Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy      Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 73%.            08/22/2012 - Problems involving
Engineers/Scientists - Present Value -          The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this      bonds can be designed with more
Bonds - Compounded semiannually - The           solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 33 students who      real life data so that students can
Student will calculate the present value of a   concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   see an immediate application. The
$10,000.00 bond that has a bond interest        Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    city of El Paso issues bonds on a
rate of 8% per year, payable semiannually       Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         regular basis to gather capital to
with a maturity date of 20 years from now.      Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         complete a specific project.
Assume the market interest rate is 12% per      The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
year, compounded semiannually.                  better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
Outcome Start Date:                                                                           Evaluation of the Assessment:
08/21/2011                                                                                    The standard was met successfully.
Outcome Status:
Active

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Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy        Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was an 82%.             08/22/2012 - The students are to
Engineers/Scientists - Equipment Valuation        The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this        look for the alternative that is less
- The student will learn to valuate assets        solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 35 students who        costly in an annual basis. Microsoft
such as machinery considering the following       concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student     EXCEL is a powerful tool for to
variables: Initial cost, annual operating cost,   Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                      create a table for each alternative.
and a salvage value in years.                     Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:
Outcome Start Date:                               Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
08/21/2011                                        The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Outcome Status:                                   better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
Active                                                                                          Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                                                                The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Economy        Means of Assessment:                          12/06/2011 - The average score was a 79%.              08/22/2012 - The annual worth
Engineers/Scientists - Asset Worth - The          The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 44 students who took this        evaluation method is the best
student will learn to calculate the asset         solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 39 students who        method and it is the simplest to
worth given the following data: cost, annual      concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student     compute. Students will master the
operating cost, maintenance cost, useful          Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                      use of this method to identify the
life, and current interest rate.                  Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                           best alternative in problems like this
Outcome Start Date:                               Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                           one.
08/21/2011                                        The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Outcome Status:                                   better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
Active                                                                                          Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                                                                The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to       Means of Assessment:                          02/08/2012 - The average score was a 95%.              08/22/2012 - There are gases like
thermal Fluids - The Ideal-Gas Equation of        The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 8 students who took this final   Helium, Nitrogen, Air, and Carbon
State - The student will learn to calculate       solve problems related to the topics and/or   this semester. There were 8 students who learned       Monoxide that can be treated as
the temperature change of Helium (an ideal-       concepts discussed in class.                  the material successfully for this Student Learning    ideal gases. The students will solve
gas) in a vessel which is essentially a           Assessment Tool:                              Outcome.                                               different vessel problems with a
closed system. As the vessel is heated, the       Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                           variety of ideal gases.
temperature of the gas will change. The           Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
student will learn to determine the               The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
temperature change caused by the heat             better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
applied to the vessel. The ideal-gas              Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
equation of state is used in this type of         02/08/2012                                    The standard was met successfully.
problems.


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Outcome Start Date:
05/30/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to      Means of Assessment:                          02/08/2012 - The average score was a 100%.             08/22/2012 - The students obtained
thermal Fluids - Entropy Changes of Pure         The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 8 students who took this final   a good understanding of this type of
Substances - The student will become             solve problems related to the topics and/or   this semester. There were 8 students who learned       problems by working the assigned
familiar with thermodynamic processes            concepts discussed in class.                  the material successfully for this Student Learning    homework problems. In the future,
involving a compressor. Specifically, if water   Assessment Tool:                              Outcome.                                               different fluids are going to be
vapor enters a compressor at 50 kPa and          Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                           added to this type of problems.
200 degrees Celsius, and leaves at 1.00          Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met
Mpa with the same specific entropy as at         The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
the inlet. The student will learn to calculate   better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
the temperature and the specific enthalpy of                                                   Evaluation of the Assessment:
water at the compressor exit. Finally,                                                         The standard was met successfully.
students will determine the work output per
unit mass.
Outcome Start Date:
05/30/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) - Intro to      Means of Assessment:                          02/08/2012 - The average score was a 91%.              08/22/2012 - The use of adiabatic
thermal Fluids - Steady Flow Engineering         The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 8 students who took this final   devices in Introduction to
Devices - Turbines and Compressors - The         solve problems related to the topics and/or   this semester. There were 7 students who learned       Thermofluids is essential. It helps
student will analyze and become familiar         concepts discussed in class.                  the material successfully for this Student Learning    students understand the real
with systems in which steam flows steadily       Assessment Tool:                              Outcome.                                               devices such as turbines and
through an adiabatic turbine. The student        Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                           compressors which none of them
will be provided with the inlet conditions of    Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                           are adiabatic.
the steam and the mass flow rate of the          The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
steam. The student will learn to determine       better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
(a) the change in kinetic energy, (b) the                                                      Evaluation of the Assessment:
power output, and (c) the turbine inlet area.                                                  The standard was met successfully.
Outcome Start Date:
05/30/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -               Means of Assessment:                          12/05/2011 - The average score was an 89%.
Introduction to Engineering - Fundamental        The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 13 students who took this
Dimensions and Units - The student will          solve problems related to the topics and/or
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learn to convert a distance expressed in                                                       final this semester. There were 10 students who      08/22/2012 - Most students improve
                                                 concepts discussed in class.
Km/h into feet/s.                                                                              learned the material successfully for this Student   their cancellation of units technique
                                                 Assessment Tool:
Outcome Start Date:                              Exit/Final Exam                               Learning Outcome.                                    in this class. By the end of the class
05/30/2011                                       Standard - Criteria for Success:              Result Type:                                         this process should be second
Outcome Status:                                  The class as a group should score 70% or      Standard Met                                         nature. Students also learn how to
Active                                           better.                                       Recommendation Status:                               use their calculators to be able to
                                                 Assessment Date:                              2 - Recommendation Documented                        solve problems faster.
                                                 02/23/2012                                    Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                                                               The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -               Means of Assessment:                          12/05/2011 - The average score was a 98%.            08/22/2012 - The book and many
Introduction to Engineering - International      The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 13 students who took this      other resources at the library
System (SI) of Units - The student will learn    solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 13 students who      present this information to students
to properly write the exponential form for the   concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   as a table. Memorizing and
following SI Symbols.                            Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    interpreting the data from the table
Outcome Start Date:                              Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         is essential for any person who
05/30/2011                                       Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         whishes to become an engineer.
Outcome Status:                                  The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Active                                           better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
                                                 Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                 02/23/2012                                    The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -               Means of Assessment:                          12/05/2011 - The average score was a 97%.            08/22/2012 - Vector addition is one
Introduction to Engineering - Components in      The student will demonstrate the ability to   There were a total of 13 students who took this      of the most applied mathematical
two dimensions - Given the drawing of a          solve problems related to the topics and/or   final this semester. There were 13 students who      concepts in engineering. The
flag pole and two vectors, the student will      concepts discussed in class.                  learned the material successfully for this Student   student will be exposed to a more
express the results as cartesian vectors for     Assessment Tool:                              Learning Outcome.                                    challenging set of problems that will
the following items: 1) The position of a        Exit/Final Exam                               Result Type:                                         reinforce their knowledge on this
selected vector 2) the force of a vector 3)      Standard - Criteria for Success:              Standard Met                                         subject.
the moment of a force vector about a point.      The class as a group should score 70% or      Recommendation Status:
Outcome Start Date:                              better.                                       2 - Recommendation Documented
05/30/2011                                       Assessment Date:                              Evaluation of the Assessment:
Outcome Status:                                  02/23/2012                                    The standard was met successfully.
Active

Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -           Means of Assessment:                              12/05/2011 - The average score was a 100%.           08/22/2012 - Couple moments is an
Introduction to Engineering - Couples - The The student will demonstrate the ability to        There were a total of 13 students who took this      essential part of statics. The student
students will determine the magnitude of the solve problems related to the topics and/or       final this semester. There were 13 students who

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couples forces F of two couples at the base                                                 learned the material successfully for this Student   will be given problems that involve
                                                 concepts discussed in class.
of a fan given some constant variables.                                                     Learning Outcome.                                    different applications such as
                                                 Assessment Tool:
Outcome Start Date:                              Exit/Final Exam                            Result Type:                                         steering wheels, ratchets, and tools
05/30/2011                                       Standard - Criteria for Success:           Standard Met                                         that require minimization of applied
Outcome Status:                                  The class as a group should score 70% or   Recommendation Status:                               force.
Active                                           better.                                    2 - Recommendation Documented
                                                 Assessment Date:                           Evaluation of the Assessment:
                                                 02/23/2012                                 The standard was met successfully.


Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -               Means of Assessment:                       12/06/2011 - The average score was a 75%.            08/22/2012 - Interpreting stress-
Mechanics of Materials - Hooke's Law - The       Final comprehensive exam is administered   There were a total of 19 students who took this      strain diagram allows students to
students will learn to use and interpret the     during the week of finals.                 final this semester. There were 15 students who      select the best material to use in the
stress-strain diagram to be able to decide       Assessment Tool:                           learned the material successfully for this Student   manufacture of a needed part of a
which is the best material to manufacture a      Exit/Final Exam                            Learning Outcome.                                    given machine. Engineers involved
rod or any other part of a machine. The          Standard - Criteria for Success:           Result Type:                                         in machinery maintenance will be
strength of a material depends on its ability    The class as a group should score 70% or   Standard Met                                         utilizing this concepts on a daily
to sustain a load without undue deformation      better.                                    Recommendation Status:                               basis.
or failure. Usually, materials are tested by     Assessment Date:                           2 - Recommendation Documented
experiment. In the United States the             03/09/2012                                 Evaluation of the Assessment:
American Society for Testing and Materials                                                  The standard was met successfully.
(ASTM) has published guidelines for
performing such tests and provides limits for
which the use of a particular material is
considered acceptable. From the data of a
tension or compression test, it is possible to
compute various values of the stress and
corresponding strain in the specimen and
then plot the results. The resulting curve is
called the stress-strain diagram, and there
are two ways in which it is normally
described. 1) Conventional Stress and
Strain Diagram 2) Nominal or engineering
strain. The material (Polyvinyl Chloride) can
take three different states when subject to
stress and strain: a) Unplasticized b)
Copolymer c) Flexible (plasticized). The
stress-strain diagrams for most engineering
materials exhibit a linear relationship
between stress and strain within the elastic
region. Consequently, an increase in stress
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causes a proportionate increase in strain.
This fact was discovered by Robert Hooke
in 1676 using springs and is known as
Hooke's law. Since it may be expressed in a
mathematical formula, students will be able
to apply the formula to all states of the
material and therefore, determine which
material to use.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -               Means of Assessment:                       12/06/2011 - The average score was an 83%.           08/22/2012 - During their future
Mechanics of Materials - Elastic                 Final comprehensive exam is administered   There were a total of 19 students who took this      careers, students will encounter how
Deformation of an Axially Loaded Member -        during the week of finals.                 final this semester. There were 18 students who      to apply this concepts on a regular
Students have developed the concept of           Assessment Tool:                           learned the material successfully for this Student   basis. From design a bridge to
stress as a means of measuring the force         Exit/Final Exam                            Learning Outcome.                                    manufacturing a simple beam,
distribution within a body and strain as a       Standard - Criteria for Success:           Result Type:                                         deformation of material should be
means of measuring a body's deformation.         The class as a group should score 70% or   Standard Met                                         kept into consideration. The
We have also learned that the mathematical       better.                                    Recommendation Status:                               students are going to be assigned
relationship between stress and strain                                                      2 - Recommendation Documented                        several homework problems of this
depends on the type of material from which                                                  Evaluation of the Assessment:                        nature.
the body is made. In particular, if the stress                                              The standard was met successfully.
creates a linear elastic response from the
material, then Hooke's law applies and
there is a proportional relationship between
stress and strain. Furthermore, in Axial
Load problems, since stress can be related
to the load and strain can be related to
displacement, there must also be a
proportional relationship between the
applied load and the displacement of points
in the body. Displacement is computed
using a formula derived from the above
concepts. For any segment, if the computed
results is a positive numerical quantity, it
indicates elongation; if it is negative, it
indicates a contraction. If the body is made
with more than one member, then the
combined displacement is computed by

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adding the displacements of each of its
members.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active
Discipline - Engineering (SLO's) -              Means of Assessment:                       12/06/2011 - The average score was a 91%.            08/22/2012 - In the future, a few
Mechanics of Materials - Stress                 Final comprehensive exam is administered   There were a total of 19 students who took this      lectures will be used for hands on
Concentration - The Students will learn to      during the week of finals.                 final this semester. There were 15 students who      experience for students to construct
apply the Torsion Formula to regions of a       Assessment Tool:                           learned the material successfully for this Student   shafts, gears, and pulleys. Using a
shaft having a circular cross section that is   Exit/Final Exam                            Learning Outcome.                                    Vernier Caliper, students apply
constant or tapers slightly. There are three    Standard - Criteria for Success:           Result Type:                                         theory concepts to actual objects
common discontinuities of the cross section     The class as a group should score 70% or   Standard Met                                         with incredible precision.
that occur in practice. They are at             better.                                    Recommendation Status:
couplings, which are used to connect two                                                   2 - Recommendation Documented
collinear shaft together. Keyways, used to                                                 Evaluation of the Assessment:
connect gears or pulleys to a shaft. And                                                   The standard was met successfully.
shoulder fillets, used to fabricate a single
collinear shaft from two shafts having
different diameters. Students analyzed a
problem that required to determine the
maximum shear stress developed in a
segment of a A-36 steel shaft with a
diameter of 40 mm that is supported on
smooth bearings that allow it to rotate
freely. The shaft has two gears in this
segment that are subjected to different
torques. The strategy is straight forward. 1)
Draw a free-body diagram. 2) Select the
gear with the highest torque (Forces acting
perpendicular to the shaft). 3) Then, finally
apply and solve the maximum shear stress
formula by carefully selecting the values for
each variable.
Outcome Start Date:
08/21/2011
Outcome Status:
Active



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