B.A. Japanese Studies – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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

YES, “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where? (website)

Japanese Language Studies Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

In reviewing the current SLOs, the Department realizes the need to revise them in order to include written communication as a required skill.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

JPNS 451


Students will analyze the history and culture of Japan in relation to its language.

Type of Student Artifact

7-10 page research paper in standard MLA format.

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

Readers undertook a blind reading of fourteen (n = 14) papers; each paper was read by two readers. In the instance that two papers received scores more than 1 point apart, they were given to a third reader for better inter-rater reliability. The results showed that more than 50% of students fell below “Competency—3” and that many exhibited difficulty with the content (average = 2.42)

The readers made the following observations: (1) Some papers seem more descriptive as opposed to analytical; (2) One paper was almost fully plagiarized which was why the scores were removed (#007); (3) Some papers fell short of the original length or actual purpose of the assignment; and (4) Some papers exhibited problems maintaining a logical train of thought and/or comprehensive thesis (argument), resulting in going off-topic or drifting away from the original thesis.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

The instructor of the course will begin requiring multiple drafts of papers prior to final submission. Students who exhibit difficulties will be asked to report to Kilohana for tutoring services. The department will also consider requiring more writing assignments in lower-division courses.

Date of Last Program Review


Link to review: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcaa/documents/JapaneseStudiesMoU-CL-ADA.pdf