Nuclear Engineering Technology

FY 2013 Enrollment: 1245; Graduate: 186

Program Educational Objectives:

As an Excelsior College bachelor's level nuclear engineering technology graduate, within a few years of graduation, you are expected to:

  1. Apply general and discipline specific concepts and methodologies to identify, analyze and solve technical problems in the nuclear discipline.
  2. Demonstrate an individual desire and commitment to remain technically current with, and adaptive to, changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  3. Demonstrate independent thinking, function effectively in team-oriented settings, and maintain a high level of performance in a professional/industrial environment.
  4. Communicate effectively in a professional/industrial environment.
  5. Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.
  6. Attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the nuclear field.

Program (Student)outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand, measure, and provide quantitative expressions of natural science phenomena, including experimentation, observation, and accurate measurement.
  3. Apply the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to problem solving in nuclear engineering technology areas.
  4. Make technical presentations in English using language appropriate to the audience.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the written communication of technical information using standard English.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer applications or documentation of the use of one or more computer software packages for technical problem solving appropriate to the nuclear engineering technology discipline.
  7. Demonstrate technical competence in electrical theory, nuclear and engineering materials, health physics/radiation protection, reactor core fundamentals, plant systems, heat transfer, fluids, and radiation measurement lab.
  8. Demonstrate comprehension of currently applicable rules and regulations in the areas of: radiation protection, operations, maintenance, quality control, quality assurance, and safety. Demonstrate a commitment to: quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  9. Integrate knowledge of the functional areas of nuclear engineering technology in the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear systems.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply design concepts, creativity, balance, accuracy, and confidence limits through the understanding of the relationship between design and the operation of nuclear systems.
  11. Participate effectively in groups.
  12. Demonstrate an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities, including the impacts of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.
  13. Demonstrate a commitment and ability to engage in lifelong learning.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

BSNET Program Outcomes Assessment

Assessment Methodology

The achievement of program outcomes is assessed through various measures. Specifically, four metrics are used to measure the achievement of program (student) outcomes:

Direct Measure 1: The percentage of the NUC 495 students who receives a grade of 2 or higher on the learning statements and supporting evidence for the designate program (student) outcome.

Direct Measures 2a & 2b: The percentage of the students who receive a grade of B or higher on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.

Indirect Measure 1: The mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes (data collected from the exit survey).

Indirect Measure 2 (Reference): The mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes (data collected from the one-year survey). It is noted, as stated in the assessment plan, the results of the one year post-graduation survey is used as a reference to provide a longitudinal perspective on students' attainment of program (student) outcomes will not be used as the a valid measure of program (student) outcome attainment.

LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT

Highly Achieved:

  1. 85% or more of NUC 495 students will receive a grade of 2 (out of 3) or better on the final learning statement for the designated program (student) outcome.
  2. 85% or more of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcomes will be 5 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcome will be 5 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Meets Standard:

  1. 70% to 84% of NUC 495 students will receive a grade of 2 (out of 3) or better on the final learning statement for the designated program (student) outcome.
  2. 70% to 84% of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcome will be 4 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcome will be 4 or higher on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Needs Improvement:

  1. Less than 70% of NUC 495 students will receive a grade of 2 (out of 3) or better on the final learning statement for the designated program (student) outcome.
  2. Less than 70% of students will receive a grade of B or better on two selected course embedded assessments that measure the related program (student) outcome.
  3. From the results of the exit survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcome will be less than 4 on a 6-point Likert-scale.
  4. From the results of the one-year post graduate survey, the mean of the graduates' perceptions of their achievement of the related program (student) outcome will be less than 4 on a 6-point Likert-scale.

Program Outcome ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS

Data range: May 2012 Term to March 2013 Term

Program (student) Outcome 1 - Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics, to solving problems in nuclear engineering technology areas.

  1. 99% (200/202) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO1 - Highly Achieved
  2. 87% (224/258) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Homework 2 in NUC320) for SO1 – Highly Achieved
  3. 100% (28/28) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Final Exam NUC330) for SO1 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.63(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO1- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.33(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO1 - Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 2 - Demonstrate the ability to understand, measure, and provide quantitative expressions for natural phenomena, including observation, standard tests, experimentation, and accurate measurement.

  1. 98% (195/200) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO2 - Highly Achieved
  2. 82% (197/241) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Final Exam in NUC320) for SO2 - Meets Standard
  3. 80% (4/5) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Final Paper in NUC210) for SO2 - Meets Standard
  4. 5.67(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO2- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.39(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO2- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 3 - Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to solving problems in nuclear engineering technology areas.

  1. 97% (198/204) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO3 - Highly Achieved
  2. 94% (16/17) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Homework 2 in NUC350) for SO3 - - Highly Achieved
  3. 94% (245/260) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Homework 3 in NUC320) for SO3 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.70(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO3- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.22(n=18) One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO3 - Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 4 - Make oral technical presentations in Standard English using graphics and language appropriate to the audience.

  1. 96%(191/198) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO4 - Highly Achieved
  2. 80% (4/5) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1(M8 Term Paper in NUC255) for SO4 - Meets Standard
  3. NA - of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M8A2 in NUC350) for SO4 - NA
  4. 5.52(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO4- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.22(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO4 - Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 5 - Demonstrate proficiency in the written and graphical communication of technical information supported by appropriate technical references using Standard English.

  1. 96% (190/197) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO5 - Highly Achieved
  2. 94% (212/226) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Final Paper in NUC320) for SO5 - Highly Achieved
  3. 80% (4/5) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Final Paper in NUC210) for SO5 - Meets Standard
  4. 5.56(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO5- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.39(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO5- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 6 - Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer applications or documentation of the use of one or more computer software packages for technical problem solving appropriate to the nuclear engineering technology discipline.

  1. 98% (194/198) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO6 - Highly Achieved
  2. 100% (16/16) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Homework 8 in NUC350) for SO6 - Meets Standard
  3. 98% (235/241) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Homework 11 in NUC320) for SO6 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.33(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO6- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.06(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO6- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 7 - Demonstrate technical competence in electrical theory, nuclear and engineering materials, reactor core fundamentals, power plant systems, heat transfer, fluids, health physics/radiation protection, and radiation measurement.

  1. 98% (193/197) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO7 - Highly Achieved
  2. 93% (26/28) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Midterm Exam in NUC330) for SO7 - Highly Achieved
  3. 35% (6/17) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Midterm Exam in NUC350) for SO7 - Needs Improvement
  4. 5.59(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO7- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.41(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO7- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 8 - Demonstrate comprehension of currently applicable rules and regulations in the areas of: radiation protection, operations, maintenance, quality control, quality assurance, and safety. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

  1. 98% (190/193) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO8 - Highly Achieved
  2. 88% (220/251) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Midterm Exam in NUC320) for SO8 - Highly Achieved
  3. 82% (197/241) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Final Exam in NUC320) for SO8 - Meets Standard
  4. 5.47(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO8- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.08(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO8- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 9 - Integrate and apply knowledge of the functional areas of nuclear engineering technology to the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear systems.

  1. 100% (190/190) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO9 - Highly Achieved
  2. 6% (1/17) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Final Exam in NUC350) for SO9 - Needs Improvement
  3. 93% (26/28) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Midterm Exam in NUC330) for SO9 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO9- Highly Achieved
  5. 4.83(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO9- Meets Standard

Program (student) Outcome 10 - Design systems, components, or processes while demonstrating a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement of the design and operation of nuclear systems.

  1. 96% (183/190) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO10 - Highly Achieved
  2. 88% (14/16) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (Team Project NUC350) for SO10 - Highly Achieved
  3. 94% (16/17) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (Homework 1 in NUC350) for SO10 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.44(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO10- Highly Achieved
  5. 4.67(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO10- Meets Standard

Program (student) Outcome 11 - Participate effectively as a member or a leader of technical teams.

  1. 100% (189/189) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO11 - Highly Achieved
  2. 100% (6/6) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (M2A2 in NUC211) for SO11 – Highly Achieved
  3. 100% (28/28) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M4A1 in NUC330) for SO11 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.30(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO11- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.33 (n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO11- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 12 - Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to professional, ethical, and social responsibilities, including the effects of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.

  1. 100% (191/191) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO12 - Highly Achieved
  2. 67% (10/15) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 1 (M2D2 in NUC350) for SO12 – Needs Improvement
  3. 100% (8/8) of the students received a "B" or better in the embedded assessment 2 (M1D1 in NUC210) for SO12 - Highly Achieved
  4. 5.48(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO12- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.33(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO12- Highly Achieved

Program (student) Outcome 13 - Demonstrate a commitment and ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

  1. 100% (191/191) of the students received a 2 out of 3 or better on the final learning statement for SO13 - Highly Achieved
  2. NA - the embedded course assessment 1 for SO13 was not available in this evaluation period
  3. NA - the embedded course assessment 2 for SO13 was not available in this evaluation period
  4. 5.70(n=27) - Exit Survey graduate responses related to SO13- Highly Achieved
  5. 5.17(n=18) - One-year Post Graduate Survey graduate responses related to SO13- Highly Achieved

Capstone exam RESULTS

A comprehensive capstone examination has been administered to all baccalaureate degree students at the conclusion of the NUC 495 Integrated Technology Assessment since September 2010. The capstone examination consists of 120 objective questions that assess the most common and most important topics and skills in seven core content areas within the College's baccalaureate degree nuclear engineering technology curriculum.

From May 2012 term to Mar 2013 term, the total number of students who took the capstone exam was 198. The overall average is 68.5%. The mean of correctness in each core concept is shown below:

  • 67.6% - Basic Natural Sciences
  • 48.3% - Experimentation and Lab Techniques
  • 76.0% - Basic Mathematics and Applications
  • 60.3% - Technical Problem Solving and Computer Usage
  • 55.9% - Basic Nuclear Reactor Theory and Technology
  • 88.4% - Health Physics and Radiation Aspects
  • 77.5% - Nuclear Power Plant Operation and Maintenance

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