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UBC EOAS Graduation Exit Survey, April 2015 Caulkins, Joshua Lee; Jones, Francis; Jolley, Alison Rae 2015

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UBC EOAS Graduation Exit Survey~Developed by J. Caulkins, F. Jones and A. Jolley, and maintained by Dep't EOAS, UBC.Hello, congratulations on completing your EOAS degree!As part of the Department’s effort to provide the most effective and relevant degree programs, we need to hear your perspectives.As you complete this survey, please consider overall experiences rather than those of a single course. There are no right or wronganswers, so the first response that comes to mind is probably the best. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete.Thank you for your help, and we wish you success and fulfillment in your future endeavors. If you have any concerns/suggestionsabout the EOAS GRADUATION EXIT SURVEY, please contact <inquiries@eos.ubc.ca>.Please enter your student ID for demographic purposes only:  Personal identifiers will be removed in allreports of results.Part I. Your career goals, and reasons for choosing your degree program.1. My goal after getting my degree is to (mark your first, second, and third choice):Enter agraduatedegreeprogram inEarth orEnvironmentalSciencesEnter a professionaldegree program (e.g.Engineering, Law,MBA, DDS, MD,etc.)Enter an academicdegree program notdirectly related to EOAS(e.g. Journalism,Political Science,Linguistics, etc.)Enter thework forcein a jobrelated to myEOASdegreeEnter thework force ina job NOTrelated to mydegreeOther(specifybelow)a. First.b. Second.c. Third.Additional comments, or explanation of "other"2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? strongly disagree disagree neutral agree strongly agree"I had a clear career goal when entering my program."UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 1 of 113. My choice to declare EOS as my major was influenced by ... not at all a little some quite a bit very mucha. A particular university course (please say which in comment box below).b. The program seemed to best match my interests and/or career goalsc. University faculty memberd. University academic advisore. Friends/Peersf. Parents/Siblings/Familyg. High school courseh. High school counselori. Potential jobj. Other (specify below)Additional comments, or explanation of "other"4a. What is your primary degree program (pick one)?Major EOS Major  AtmosphericSci.  Environmental Sci.  GeoEng Geology Major  GeophysicsMajor Combined Majorinvolving Oceanography  OtherHonours GeologicalSciences  Geophysics  Oceanography  Atmospheric Sci.  Envr. Sci.Geol/Geography Geol/Geophysics  Geol/Other Oceanography/Biology Oceanography/Chemistry FisheriesOceanography Oceanography/Geology Oceanography/Geophysics Oceanography/Physics  OtherExplanation only if you chose "Other"4b. Are you planning on registering as a professional in any of the following professional organizations? APEGBC      R.P.Bio.     Meteorology   P.Ag.   None of these.4c. Did you complete the CO-OP program? Yes  No    started but did not complete itUBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 2 of 114d. I plan to apply for graduate school: I have alreadyapplied Within 1 or 2years 3 to 5 yearsfrom now >5 years fromnow I do not intend to apply forgraduate school5a. Would you have preferred to choose a DIFFERENT program from the one you are graduating from? Yes  No  5b. If you answered YES to the previous question, what program would you have preferred and why? (Could be fromoutside EOS.)Leave this alone IF you answered NO to the previous question.6. My program or program option allowed me to choose electives that matchedmy interests. never rarely sometimes often alwaysa. In second year.b. In third year.c. In fourth year.7. I usually chose course electives based on the following factors (please rank importance): low medium higha. To develop specific skills or knowledgeb. Personal interest in the subjectc. The professor teaching itd. Fit best with my schedulee. Recommended by friends or peersf. The time of day it was offeredg. Commuting issues (e.g. avoiding rush hour)h. Reputation for being a fun coursei. Reputation for being an easy coursej. Other (please specify below)Further comments and/or explanation of "Other."8. I obtained information on course electives from the following sources (please rank importance): low medium higha. Course Calendarb. EOAS Websitec. Academic advisord. Professor(s)UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 3 of 11e. Friends / peersf. Parents / familyg. Other (please specify below)Further comments and/or explanation of "Other."Part II. The next set of questions is about the skills you learned.9. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG coursesemphasized memorizing facts, ideas, or methods?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.Questions about development of general skills:10. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG coursesemphasized development of lab skills?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No11. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG coursesemphasized development of writing skills?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes NoUBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 4 of 1112. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG coursesemphasized development of teamwork skills?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No13. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses emphasized development of oral presentation skills?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes NoQuestions about development of scientific thinking skills:14. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG coursesemphasized development of observation skills?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No15. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses helpedyou become better at formulating hypotheses?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes NoUBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 5 of 1116. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses helpedyou get better at making inferences from incomplete data?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No17. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses helpedyou get better at critically evaluating scientific literature?verylittlelittle some quite abitverymucha. In first yearb. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No18. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses helped youget better at choosing appropriate analysis methods (including appropriate useof statistical/mathematical/computing tools)?verylittlelittle some quitea bitverymucha. In first year.b. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No19. How much has work in EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses helped youget better at identifying problems in the real world which can be studiedscientifically and asking an appropriate scientific question?verylittlelittle some quitea bitverymucha. In first year.b. In second year.c. In third year.d. In fourth year.e. I learned this skill mostly outside of EOS: Yes No20. If there are skills that should be learned in the EOS program but are not listed above, please list them here:UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 6 of 11other skillsRegarding skills and pre-requisites: stronglydisagreedisagree neutral agree stronglyagree21. The practical/technical skills I learned in the EOAS courses will be useful formy career goals22. The pre-requisites I took prepared me for upper level courses23. The course pre-requisites were strongly enforced by my instructors24. The curriculum of my EOS program has a logical flow.Part III: The next set of questions is about the instruction you experienced.Note: Unless specified otherwise, the term "EOAS courses" or "EOAS coursework" refers to all EOSC, ATSC, ENVR andGEO-ENG courses.Did you experience them ... Were they useful?25. Think about assignments you encountered in EOS coursesand select BOTH a "did you experience" option and a "werethey useful" option. (includes all EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses)Not atallin 1-2coursesin 3-5coursesin > 5coursesNotveryusefulUseful VeryUsefula. Written Essays andb. Individual Research Proposals/Reports andc. Group Research  Proposals/Reports andd. Lab Reports ande. Oral Presentations andf. Poster Presentations andg. In Class Quizzes andh. Online Quizzes andi. “Clicker” Questions andj. Group Assignments andk. Multiple Choice Tests andl. Short Answer Tests andm. Long Answer Tests (Essay Questions) andn. Literature Reviews (e.g. discussing journal article ) andUBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 7 of 11stronglydisagreedisagree neutral agree stronglyagree26. In my EOS courses, I regularly received effective feedback on written work(e.g. homework, research projects, essays, in class/online quizzes, lab reports,etc.)  (includes all EOSC/ATSC/ENVR/GEO-ENG courses)We have heard from students that they think certain pre-requisite and/or required courses were more useful than others.27. List three courses that you feel were most useful. (within EOAS or outside; eg. STAT 492 – Statistical Methods forCooking Dinner).a. Course #  Course title b. Course #  Course title c. Course #  Course title d. What is it about these courses that made them so useful?why so useful?28. List three courses that you feel should be improved, changed or omitted as a requirement.a. Course #  Course title b. Course #  Course title c. Course #  Course title d. What is it about these courses that needs to be improved?what needs improving?Part IV. The next set of questions is about your experience with the learning environment in your EOS program at UBC.29. Field experiences:I did not take thisfield course stronglydisagreedisagree neutral agree stronglyagreea. Experiences in eosc223 "Field Techniques" (Saltspring) were avaluable part of my degreeb. Experiences in eosc328 "Field Geology" (Oliver) were a valuablepart of my degreeUBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 8 of 11c. Experiences in eosc406 "Operational Meteorology" were avaluable part of my degree.d. Experiences in eosc428 "Field Techniques in GroundwaterHydrology" (Richmond) were a valuable part of my degree.e. Experiences in eosc473 "Methods in Oceanography" (Bamfield)were a valuable part of my degree.f. I would appreciate MORE field experiences during my degree.g. Field experiences in other courses were a valuable part of my degree (pleaseidentify which courses).other field experiences30. Some courses have multiple instructors while others have a single instructor. Of the courses you took in EOS, are thereany "single-instructor" courses for which you'd recommend having multiple instructors instead?  Please list them below.courses that should have multiple instructors31. Of the courses you took in EOS, are there any "multiple-instructor" courses for which you'd recommend having asingle instructor instead?  Please list them below.courses that should have single instructorIn general, how would you characterize your experience studying EOS atUBC?stronglydisagreedisagree neutral agree stronglyagree32. I enjoyed studying EOS at UBC33. I experienced a strong sense of community in the EOS program.34. How might community be enhanced in the EOS program?Improving community35. The most positive learning experience I had within EOS was (please explain):positive learning experiences36. If I could change one thing about my learning experience in EOS it would be (please explain):one thing to change37. Are there any other suggestions or comments that you would like to share with us regarding the EOS Program?UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 9 of 11Suggestions or commentsPart V. The last set of questions is about demographics.38. Which was the first language spoken in your household while growing up? ; English       Not English39. How would you rate your ability to read and write in English? ; Poor      Fair      Good  Excellent40. What gender are you? ; Male       Female41. What is your age? 18 -19      20-21      22-23      24-25      25-30  over 3042. I was a transfer student to UBC. ; Yes       No43. To pay for at least part of my education (e.g. tuition, living expenses, etc.) I had to work... (click all that apply); during the term      summers      weekends      evenings      I did not have to work to pay for my education43a. If you were employed during the term, how many hours per week did you work on average?  hrs perweek.44. I provide some financial support for my children/spouse/family members in addition to going to university. ; Yes       No45. What is the longest commute (one way, in km) you had to make regularly (for at least 1 year) while at UBC? 0-5km      6-10km    11-20km     21-30  km     over 30 km46. Are there any suggestions or comments that you would like to share with us regarding this survey?Suggestions or comments about the survey47. Roughly how long did you spend working on this survey? less than 10 mins      11 -20 mins    21-30 mins     31-40  mins     41-50mins  over 50 mins UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 10 of 11END OF SURVEY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.SUBMIT SURVEY by clicking     or    and try again.THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!UBC EOS Graduation Exit Survey 11 of 11

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