Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

Linking General Education SLOs to Courses

Bakersfield College has not defined GE course SLOs yet, although the conversation has been initiated. However, in anticipation of these GE SLOs I have selected common outcomes found on a majority of campuses and built-in SLOS reflecting these outcomes and anticipating methods of embedded assessment.

General Education Outcomes for Microbiology B16

These general education outcomes are assessed throughout the course using various projects, case studies, lab assignments, quizzes, and test questions.



Upon completing the BC Microbiology Course the student will be able to:

Analytical Skills

Apply the metric system using standard laboratory equipment.  Systematically collect, organize, and present appropriate data in graphs, tables, or figures.  Assess the validity of the data and interpret it correctly.

Ethics and Professionalism

Integrate knowledge and make informed judgments based upon sound assessment of data balanced with concern for individuals.

Information Competency  and Technology Skills

Access and evaluate microbiological data from a variety of sources including the Internet.  Use technology to email, produce documents and create graphs and tables for reports.

Oral and Written Communication Skills

Exhibit oral and written communication competency through case studies, projects, and lab presentations.

Self-Learning Skills

Describe the preferred learning style and strategies to improve learning.  Assess their own learning and list steps to improve their learning.

Systems Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Ability

Evaluate and analyze simulated and real patients by developing a differential diagnoses, identifying key factors, and determining a treatment strategy.

Teamwork and Project Management Skills

Effectively work in teams, managing time and tasks, sharing results and analyses, and arriving at a final collaborative product.

Janet Fulks
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College