LSU Academic Programs Assessment Matrix



  Department of Kinesiology
 Undergraduate Degree Programs
  BS in Kinesiology

Last updated on 11/22/2011 9:25:40 AM.
Learning Outcome
1. To demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter for kinesiology that reflects a variety of concepts from history, anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning, psychology of physical activity, and exercise physiology.

Assessment Process
This outcome is assessed indirectly using exit surveys, job placement of graduating students,and certification and licensure exams. The direct assessment is a multiple choice content knowledge test administered annually to all students enrolled in KIN 4520, which is required in the last semester of course work. Students are given extra credit for taking the exam. To encourage them to give their best effort, the number of points that they receive is contingent on the percentage of questions they answer correctly. A pool of 120 mastery questions (20 from each of the six areas, designed to assess major concepts from the courses) has been constructed by the course coordinators. Seniors complete a 30 question exam (5 randomly selected questions from each area) to assess mastery of the content. Objective is assessed annually.

 
Learning Outcome
2. To demonstrate an understanding of health and exercise that is needed to identify problems, make sound decisions, and use discipline specific technology in practical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation units, business and industry, community fitness centers, schools, and a variety of sport settings.

Assessment Process
This outcome is assessed indirectly using exit surveys and certification/licensure exams. Students in each concentration in the degree program have field experiences or internship opportunities. Supervisors in the field provide direct assessment of this learning outcome by completing evaluations of students' performance in these field experiences. Objective is assessed annually.

 
Learning Outcome
3. To demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Assessment Process
Discipline-specific communication skills are examined indirectly through the exit survey. Direct assessment of written communication skills is evaluated using writing samples from key courses during sophomore- (KIN 2501), junior- (KIN 3502), and senior-(KIN 4502)level courses. (Evaluation rubric is attached). Oral communication skills are assessed during the final presentations required when students complete their internship experiences. Objective is assessed annually.

 
Learning Outcome
4. To understand, interpret, critique, and apply research to improve practice in the chosen field.

Assessment Process
This outcome is assessed indirectly using exit surveys. Students in KIN 3502 and KIN 4520 complete assignments that are relevant to this objective, and a rubric (which is attached) is used to evaluate their competence. Objective is assessed annually.