Education

Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)

Student achievement of Programme and University Graduate Outcomes for selected programmes is illustrated below using a combination of studentsí performance on assessment in final year courses (capstone courses). Student success is demonstrated through a suite of educational performance indicators such as:

  1. Pass rate by course level;
  2. First year retention rate;
  3. Programme completion rate

Bachelor of Science (BSc - All Disciplines)

Studentsí Performance in Course Assessments in relation to USP Graduate Outcomes and Programme Graduate Outcomes

Programme outcomes for the Bachelor of Science degree are specific to different disciplines dependent on the area of study. As such the assessments conducted in the capstone course, SC356, are aligned directly to the USP Graduate Outcomes. This would contribute further to the development of USP Graduate Outcomes at the programme level, since SC356 is compulsory for all BSc. students across the science disciplines.

Capstone Course: SC356 - Research Skills Development

This capstone course forms an integral part of the Bachelor of Science degree, inclusive of the BSc. Marine Science, BSc. Environmental Science and the Bachelor of Geospatial Science (BGS). It aims to develop research skills in science students by executing a well-planned research project.  In the process, students are exposed to tasks and challenges that, if undertaken successfully, enables the student to develop skills according to the USP Graduate Outcomes which these tasks are aligned to.

The course outcomes are aligned to the USP Graduate Outcomes and assessed as follows:

Course Learning Outcomes

Associated Activities

Assessment

USP Graduate Outcomes

1.     Generate information related to the learnersí research project using the library and other resources

       Critical Thinking Activity

       Literature Review

       Quiz

       Research Question

       Project Proposal

       Literature Review

       Critical Thinking

2.     Demonstrate professionalism and ethics

       Project execution

       Ethics Activity

       Teamwork online

       Logbook

       Ethics

3.     Conduct statistical analysis using applicable software

       Experimental design, data collection, data analysis

       Data analysis
(Also assessed as part of the project report)

       Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning

4.     Communicate the outcomes of the research

       Project Report

       Oral Presentation

       Project Report

       Presentation

       Communication

5.     Execute a well-planned research project

All of the above

Overall performance of students in Course Assessments undertaken to achieve the University Graduate Outcomes are summarised graphically below:

Figure 1: Aggregate Student Scores aligned with USP Graduate Outcomes

Figure 1: Aggregate Student Scores aligned with USP Graduate Outcomes

Student Success Indicators of the BSc. Programme:

1.     Pass Rate

Table 1(a): Bachelor of Science Pass Rates by Course Level (All disciplines)

Course Level

2014 Pass Rate (%)

2015 Pass Rate (%)

2016 Pass Rate (%)

2017 Pass Rate (%)

Degree 100 level

67.00

70.90

71.20

73.20

Degree 200 level

79.70

79.20

78.90

79.00

Degree 300 level

82.90

88.00

85.30

86.20

Table 1(b): Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) Pass Rates by Course Level

Course Level

2014 Pass Rate (%)

2015 Pass Rate (%)

2016 Pass Rate (%)

2017 Pass Rate (%)

Degree 100 level

76.10

69.40

72.90

58.90

Degree 200 level

77.80

88.10

86.00

79.80

Degree 300 level

100.00

91.90

97.20

89.40

Table 1(c): Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) Pass Rates by Course Level

Course Level

2014 Pass Rate (%)

2015 Pass Rate (%)

2016 Pass Rate (%)

2017 Pass Rate (%)

Degree 100 level

80.60

80.70

80.90

77.60

Degree 200 level

100.00

93.00

93.30

85.40

Degree 300 level

0.00

80.60

96.20

93.90

Table 1(d): Bachelor of Geospatial Science Pass Rates by Course Level

Course Level

2015 Pass Rate (%)

2016 Pass Rate (%)

2017 Pass Rate (%)

Degree 100 level

72.30

77.90

76.80

Degree 200 level

100.00

92.40

95.10

Degree 300 level

100.00

95.20

98.20

2.     Retention Rates:

Table 2(a): Bachelor of Science (Overall) Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

60

58

56

60

55

58

57

61

58

61

Retention Rates for individual disciplines:

Table 2(b): BSc. Marine Science Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

73

78

74

78

76

83

72

62

66

76

Table 2(c): BSc. Environmental Science Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

66

67

71

73

70

76

54

67

70

81

Table 2(d): BGS Retention Rates (New Programme)

Description

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

70

75

Table 2(e): BSc. Biology Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

62

62

61

67

56

65

58

60

62

63

Table 2(f): BSc. Chemistry Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

61

58

62

63

46

50

54

67

62

56

Table 2(g): BSc. Computing Science Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

65

66

67

63

64

66

60

67

61

69

Table 2(h): BSc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

-

-

100

56

63

71

66

64

71

66

Table 2(i): BSc. Geography Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

63

54

64

63

64

62

58

57

61

69

Table 2(j): BSc. Information Systems Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

60

56

55

63

59

58

53

58

59

62

Table 2(k): BSc. Mathematics Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

61

61

49

56

60

57

51

61

56

64

Table 2(l): BSc. Physics Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

1st Year Retention Rate (%)

63

41

57

44

39

49

60

50

64

57

3.     Completion Rates:

Table 3(a): Bachelor of Science (Overall) Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

13

12

13

8

9

13

6-year Completion Rate (%)

15

15

13

11

-

-

Completion Rates for individual disciplines:

Table 3(b): BSc. Marine Science Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

21

36

38

39

15

20

6-year Completion Rate (%)

57

36

28

27

-

-

Table 3(c): BSc. Environmental Science Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

70

29

19

32

12

32

6-year Completion Rate (%)

22

38

53

33

-

-

*BGS Graduates in 2018 will form first cohort.

Table 3(d): BSc. Biology Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

10

9

11

7

8

14

6-year Completion Rate (%)

30

29

22

22

-

-

Table 3(e): BSc. Chemistry Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

24

7

7

3

7

10

6-year Completion Rate (%)

12

22

7

9

-

-

Table 3(f): BSc. Computing Science Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

17

19

16

8

6

4

6-year Completion Rate (%)

22

14

16

13

-

-

Table 3(g): BSc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

36

45

35

17

10

5

6-year Completion Rate (%)

43

29

32

26

-

-

Table 3(h): BSc. Geography Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

33

17

20

20

5

9

6-year Completion Rate (%)

23

42

41

45

-

-

Table 3(i): BSc. Information Systems Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

28

23

26

30

14

30

6-year Completion Rate (%)

13

27

15

23

-

-

Table 3(j): BSc. Mathematics Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

22

21

12

10

14

28

6-year Completion Rate (%)

47

44

32

51

-

-

Table 3(k): BSc. Physics Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate (%)

36

11

15

9

20

11

6-year Completion Rate (%)

27

22

23

18

-

-