Assessment of Module Goals
Below, you will find a list of assessments for each unit of the module, as well as assessments for the module as a whole. Each unit has associated with it formative and/or summative assessments to measure student progress toward individual unit learning outcomes. We also identify the unit assessments which specifically ask students to reflect on their their own learning by indicating that they address metacognition. To assess overall learning in this module, you will find a summative assessment question directly related to the overriding module goal of increasing students' abilities to think about complex systems from a systems perspective. This question directly assesses how well students can integrate difficult-to-connect ideas using this approach.
Overall Module Assessments
This broad synthesis question can be used on a final exam or as a take-home writing assignment. As an exam question, completion time is about 20 minutes. In the question below substitute "ocean" for "Earth" or "climate" or other more relevant term for the course.
Imagine it is some months from now and you have applied for a job as an ocean science writer for a new popular science magazine called Our Changing Ocean. In the interview, the Editor asks you:
"People say 'everything is connected,' but I rarely get specific examples. Will you convince me of the connectedness and complexity of the ocean?"
Write what you would say in response by picking any three seemingly unrelated concepts from this course and relating them in the the context of human interaction with the ocean. Be sure to use systems thinking language and specific examples.
List of Assessments by Unit:
The assessments used in each unit are listed below, along with the module goals which they assess. Note: Rubrics for these unit assessments are presented on the individual unit pages.
Unit 1 Assessments:
- Knowledge survey handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 60kB Sep10 16). Addresses: Module goal 3 and metacognition.
- Reflection handout (see last question) (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 60kB Sep10 16). Addresses: Metacognition.
- MPR Radio Piece/System Diagram Student Handout for Evaluating a System Diagram Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 97kB Jul15 15) or PDF version (Acrobat (PDF) 69kB Jul5 16). Addresses: Module goals 1–3.
Unit 2 Assessments:
- Draw a System Diagram (Acrobat (PDF) 51kB Sep11 16). Addresses: Module goals 1–3.
Unit 3 Assessments:
- Systems modeling worksheet (Microsoft Word 80kB Sep12 16), equilibrium and residence time. Addresses: Module goals 1–3 and metacognition.
- Systems modeling homework (Microsoft Word 43kB Sep12 16), equilibrium and residence time. Addresses: Module goals 1–3.
Unit 4 Assessments:
- Systems modeling feedback worksheet (Microsoft Word 75kB Sep14 16). Addresses: Module goals 1–3 and metacognition.
- Systems modeling feedback homework (Microsoft Word 58kB Sep14 16). Addresses: Module goals 1–3.
Unit 5 Assessments:
- Inclusion of quantifiable data in system diagram. Addresses: Module goals 1–3.
- Writing About Complexity Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 88kB Oct17 16). Addresses: Module goals 2 and 3.
Unit 6 Assessments:
- Synthesis exercise reflection Synthesis Exercise Reflection (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 45kB Sep14 16) or PDF version (Acrobat (PDF) 25kB Sep14 16). Addresses: Module goals 1 and 3 and metacognition
- Summative assessment and rubric (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 73kB Jul5 16). Addresses: Module goal 3.