Information Literacy 2021- B.S. Agriculture

B.S. Agriculture

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?


Published where? (website)

UH Hilo Catalog

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2020-20: Information Literacy)?

  • Goal 1. Use multiple sources, including current and older literature, to find, evaluate, organize and manage information related to diverse agricultural systems.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400-level)

HORT 481 Weed Science


Students are required to submit a minimum 5-page paper that documents their experiments in weed management. Papers are to be written in APA format following required sections:  Abstract, Literature Review, Methodology, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.

Type of Student Artifact

Research paper

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy

Data (measurement of the competency)

Two readers from CAFNRM read eight (n = 8) papers. Averages for each category are as follows:  Document Conventions (3.31), Appropriateness of Sources (3.68), Evaluating Sources (3.56), and Integrating Sources (3.43). The average for the last category appears to be incumbent on the lack of agreement between the two readers; however, the department may wish to consider including more practice for students in synthesizing research into their own prose. The readers had the most concurrence on the ʻEvaluating Sourcesʻ category, which suggest a high level of student ability to distinguish suitability of sources, consequently reflecting a high average score on the ʻAppropriateness of Sourcesʻ category.

Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

Information literacy will be integrated in the syllabus and requiring them to utilize several different and appropriate, types of sources. Students will also be provided with more opportunities to integrate and synthesize these sources into their research papers. The research paper will be divided into sections i.e literature reviews, methods, discussion, and submitted by sections. This will give more opportunities for students to focus on each section to revise their work more than once.

Date of Last Program Review


See Program Reviews for the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management