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Department of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692

Student Learning Outcomes

Plant Pathology Minor

  • SLO1: Students who earn the plant pathology minor will possess a basic understanding of plant diseases, their causes, effects and controls.
  • SLO2: Students who earn the plant pathology minor will integrate plant pathology principles into the understanding of their major discipline(s) through the study of agronomic diseases, horticultural diseases, turf diseases, entomology, applied microbiology, biotechnology and other relevant career fields.
Assessment of student learning report 2017-2018

Pre- and post-survey were conducted for the required plant pathology minor course, PLPTH 500 (Principles of Plant Pathology). The results showed that that on an average there was a 20% increase in the student knowledge as a result of taking this course. The survey was also given to students at the beginning of PLPTH 585 course (one of capstone course of Plant Pathology minor), and the results indicated that the knowledge gained from the required principles course was retained. Going forward, the process of assessment will be automated by linking student learning outcomes with assessments on CANVAS (K-State Online). This automation will be tested in PLPTH 500 and PLPTH 590 in spring 2019.

Applied Genomics & Biotechnology Minor

  • SLO1: Students who earn the Applied Genomics and Biotechnology minor will have developed a basic understanding of genomics, molecular genetic analysis and biotechnology and their applications.
  • SLO2: Students who earn the Applied Genomics and Biotechnology minor will have an awareness of approaches to solving problems using genomics and molecular biotechnology tools.
2010-2011 Annual Progress Report

The Applied Genomics and Biotechnology Minor is a new program implemented in the Spring semester 2009. One student had declared the minor by the end of the 2010-2011 reporting period, but this student has not yet taken courses used to assess student learning outcomes. Therefore, no data is available on student learning for this program. Nevertheless we have designed assessment of student learning outcomes for this Minor.

Our overall assessment plan was revised in the 2009-2010 reporting period in advance of curriculum changes to the minor that were approved and implemented at the end of the 2010-2011 reporting period: we will directly assess SLO1 and SLO2 by a pre-test in PLPTH 610 Biotechnology and a post-test in PLPTH 612 Genomics Applications, and we will indirectly assess SLO1 via an exit interview on completion of the minor. The pre-test was implemented in PLPTH 610 Biotechnology in Fall 2010 and the post-test was implemented in Spring 2011.

Masters Degree in Plant Pathology

Courses and experiences that contribute to the department’s defined Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

 1. Technical competence2. Problem solving3. Ethical qualities4. Com- munication5. Life-long learning6. Educational breadth7. Inclusion
Courses or experiencea) ID diseases and pathogensb) research experiencec) use scientific equipment
Pathogen coursesXXXXXX XX  
Plant Mol. Biol. or MPMI X XXXXX 
Ecol./Epid. or Pop. Genetics X XXXXX 
Seminar   X XXX  
Thesis researchXXXXXXXXXX X
Thesis defense   XXXX   
Dept. seminars      XX 
Outside courses XXX  XXXX
Dept. Head orientation    X   X
Lab meetings   XXXX X
Journal clubs   XXXXX 
Misc. **     X XXX

*X = intermediate contribution; XX = heavy contribution **Such as involvement on committees, the Graduate Student Club, or with persons at other institutions.

Ph.D. Degree in Plant Pathology

Courses and experiences that contribute to the department’s defined Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

 1. Technical competence2. Problem solving3. Ethical qualities4. Commun-ication5. Life-long learning6. Educa-tional breadth7. Inclusion
Courses or experiencea) ID diseases and pathogensb) multi-level appreciation for diseasesc) excellent experimental skills
Pathogen coursesXX*XXXX XX  
Plant Mol. Biol. or MPMI XXXXXXXX 
Ecol./Epid. or Pop. Genetics XXXXXXXX 
Other dept. courses XXXX XX  
Teaching Practicum   X XXX X
Seminar   X XXX  
Prelim. Exam   XX XX X 
Thesis researchXXXXXXXXX X
Thesis defense   XXXX   
Dept. seminars      XX 
Outside courses  X   XXXX
Dept. Head orientation    X   X
Lab meetings   XXXX X
Journal clubs   XXXXX 
Misc. **     X XXX

*X = intermediate contribution; XX = heavy contribution **Such as involvement on committees, the Graduate Student Club, or with persons at other institutions

Alignment Matrix

For each stated student learning outcome, where does the student have the opportunity to learn the outcome and where is student achievement of the outcome assessed?

SLO / Required Courses / Experiences

PLPTH 610 / AGRON 610 Biotechnology

PLPTH 612 Genomics Applications
Degree Program SLOs  
SL01: Students who earn the Applied Genomics and Biotechnology minor will have developed a basic understanding of genomics, molecular genetic analysis and biotechnology and their applications.XX
SL02: Students who earn the Applied Genomics and Biotechnology minor will have an awareness of approaches to solving problems using genomics and molecular biotechnology toolsXX
University SLOs  
KnowledgeXX
Critical thinkingXX
Communication  
Diversity  
Adademic and Professional