Aysha Rahman

Learning Outcomes

There are two categories of learning outcomes discussed on this blog: major learning outcomes and SUMMIT learning outcomes.

As an astrophysics major, the courses I take in physics and astronomy are intended to have certain learning outcomes (Major Learning Outcomes, or MLOs), listed in the Agnes Scott College Academic Catalogue. Students graduating with an Astrophysics major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  1. solve fundamental problems of classical and modern physics and astrophysics, using the necessary mathematical skills;
  2. apply principles of physics to problems relating to planets, stars, galaxies, and cosmology;
  3. write basic computer programs as well as employ astronomical software tools;
  4. conduct laboratory experiments and astronomical observations using modern telescopes, instrumentation, computers, or simulations;
  5. plan and carry out professional astronomical observations, including calibrating digital images;
  6. retrieve, organize and analyze scientific information in tabular and graphical formats;
  7. present scientific results, including their historical contexts, in clear written and oral language.

The following posts are reflections for the SUMMIT 400 course which describe some MLOs I have accomplished:

  • A Reflection on Trees, Science, and Simulations, about my Senior Seminar project.
    • 3) I wrote a computer program.
    • 7) I presented my work at Agnes Scott’s Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC), thereby presenting scientific results in clear written and oral language.
  • Electronnies with Gianni, about an independent energy project with fellow students and an alumna.
    • 3) I worked with a team to program an actuator for solar panels, thereby demonstrating basic programming skills.

 

The SUMMIT 400 course at Agnes Scott College teaches students how to present their college experiences in a digital portfolio through reflections and connections to SUMMIT learning outcomes. Those learning outcomes are the following:

  1. Identify, explain, and analyze global themes, processes and systems
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for global engagement
  3. Critically examine the relationship between dominant and marginalized cultures, subcultures
    or groups
  4. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences
  5. Recognize, analyze and evaluate arguments
  6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically
    considering diverse sources of information
  7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork
  8. Identify and assess one’s values, interests and abilities
  9. Practice or interpret creative expression or probe fundamental questions of value and
    meaning
  10. Interpret quantitative information or demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world
  11. Analyze human behavior or social relations
  12. Cultivate and maintain interpersonal relationships and networks
  13. Demonstrate confidence and motivation to effect change
  14. Practice continual improvement of one’s whole person and seek and utilize feedback
  15. Identify, evaluate and strategically utilize campus and community resources
  16. Demonstrate honorable and ethical behavior and civic engagement

The following posts are reflections for the SUMMIT 400 course which describe some SLOs I have accomplished:

  • A Reflection on Trees, Science, and Simulations, about my Senior Seminar project.
    • 4) I presented my work at Agnes Scott’s Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC), thereby communicating effectively through writing and speaking.
    • 10) I wrote a simulation to better understand the effect of a dormant tree on energy collected by solar panels, thereby demonstrating the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world.
    • 14) I made mistakes but resolved to learn from them and continue to work on this program, and I learned valuable strategies to set myself up for success in future projects, thereby practicing continual improvement of myself and utilizing feedback from my advisor and those present during my presentation.
  • Reflections from the Driver’s Seat, about my involvement in the Commuter Student Organization.
    • 7) I worked with an executive board of 4-7 people throughout my years as treasurer of the CSO to put on successful events and serve the commuter student community, thereby employing effective teamwork.
    • 8) I identified commuter students as a community of people who are important to me and who I want to serve and found a way to serve them, thereby identifying my values, interests, and abilities.
    • 12) I served commuter students, collaborated with other organizations, communicated with alums, and negotiated with administration to meet commuter needs, thereby cultivating and maintaining interpersonal relationships and networks.
    • 15) I identified campus resources such as student organization allocations and the Center for Student Involvement to successfully put on events and meet commuter concerns, thereby  evaluating and strategically utilizing campus and community resources.
  • Electronnies with Gianni, about an independent energy project with fellow students and an alumna.
    • 7) I worked with a team of students and an alumna to successfully carry out a project, thereby employing effective teamwork.
    • 10) I researched solar panels, actuators, and Arduino projects and then helped to build a prototype of a device to solve a problem, thereby demonstrating the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world.
    • 12) I worked with an alumna and peers who were not all necessarily in my major and thus cultivated and maintained interpersonal relationships and networks.
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