College of Business assessment plans

Accounting and Information Systems

  • Accounting B.S.

    Mission Statement

    The Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions in the field of accountancy. The knowledge and skills incorporated in the program also enable students to continue the professional and educational development necessary for successful advancement in their careers.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will be prepared to obtain entry level accounting positions.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Surveys of alumni will be performed to determine the satisfaction with the accounting program as preparation for entry to their chosen profession.
    • The extent of students obtaining entry level accounting positions will be monitored

    Assessment Method

    • A minimum 4.0 score on a five point scale will be the objective from an alumni survey.
    • Student surveys will be used to determine the success of students obtaining entry level accounting positions. A placement level of 90% will be considered an acceptable level of success.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will be able to develop the ability to research professional accounting issues.

    Student Performance Indicators

    Students will be able to:

    • Identify and summarize issues;
    • gather information using relevant professional and academic databases;
    • evaluate and interpret results; and
    • prepare reports documenting findings and presenting solutions.

    Assessment Method

    • Student grades from relevant theory projects in ACC403 and ACC410 will be collected and evaluated.

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of record keeping and financial reporting.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • All accounting majors will display the ability to maintain basic accounting records. All students will be able to create financial statements. All students will be able to analyze financial statements.

    Assessment Method

    • Grades from a financial record keeping case will be collected in ACC 401. Grades from an analysis project in ACC 402 will be collected. Grades from a financial statement preparation project in ACC 403 will be collected.

    3. Students will be able to utilize technology in performing accounting tasks.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will be able to use appropriate technology to support their written and oral presentations and to perform accounting tasks.

    Assessment Method

    • This goal will be measured as part of the College Core Assessment process.

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of cost and managerial accounting.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • All accounting majors will understand the managerial accounting needs of organizations

    Assessment Method

    • Elements from an ACC 405 exam will be identified which test knowledge of key cost/managerial concepts and results will be evaluated.

    5. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of United States income taxation.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • All accounting majors will obtain an understanding of the basic principles of the United States tax system.

    Assessment Method

    • Grades will be collected and analyzed from either a tax preparation case in ACC 410 and/or successful participation in the VITA project.

    6. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic processes and control systems operated by businesses.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Students will demonstrate understanding of key business control systems

    Assessment Method

    • This goal will not be measured in 2010 due to changes to the curriculum. We will request possible measures from IS 301 for 2011.

    7. Students will be able to discern ethical conflicts and provide a framework for their resolution.

    Student Performance Indicators

    • Evidence will be gathered from Ethics modules in ACC 410 and ACC 470

    Assessment Method

      8. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the international dimensions of the accounting profession.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will be able to answer questions on issues relating to international financial reporting in any of ACC 401 or ACC 402 or ACC 403

      Assessment Method

      • Specific exam topics will be identified in ACC 401 to measure knowledge, if available cases in ACC 403 international based will be evaluated
    • Accounting M.Acc.

      Mission Statement

      The Master of Accountancy program seeks to provide students a breadth and depth of understanding accounting principles and practices beyond an undergraduate education in accounting. The program prepares students for rewarding careers as professional accountants in public practice, private industry, and government or non-profit sectors.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of GAAP.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will demonstrate their understanding of accounting theory and the relationship between theory and current accounting standards.

      Assessment Method

      • Grades for an assignment in governmental accounting (ACC 607) as well as the outcome of a pre- and post-essay on accounting theory in ACC 759 will be used.

      2. Students will be able to acquire and enhance critical thinking skills through a variety of problems and case situations.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Given a variety of problems and case situations, students will employ suitable analytical techniques and methodologies relating to unstructured problems. Students will demonstrate their ability to resolve complex issues through research methods.

      Assessment Method

      • Cases from ACC 604 and ACC 611 will be used as assessment method.

      3. Students will be able to demonstrate improving oral and written communication.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students should demonstrate a high level of written and oral presentation skills

      Assessment Method

      • Research cases from ACC 611 will be assessed for quality. A presentation in ACC 611 and in ACC 750 will be assessed for quality.

      4. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ethical standards applicable to the profession.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will learn to identify and resolve ethical conflicts.

      Assessment Method

      • An ethical test element in ACC 670 will be evaluated.

      5. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the role of accounting in capital markets.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will be exposed to elements that combine topic areas across functional areas relating to accounting and capital markets finance theory as well as valuation aspects.

      Assessment Method

      • Specified elements of ACC 750 based on examination questions will be collected.

      6. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the role of taxes in operations and decision making.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will be exposed to a range of taxes that apply to a spectrum of entities. Students will understand the role of taxation in society.

      Assessment Method

      • Tax return assignments from ACC 611 and excel cases from ACC 783 and ACC 786.
    • Information Systems M.S.

      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the Master of Science with a major in Information Systems (MSIS) is to produce graduates with excellent technology, management, and communication skills who will be able to understand, explain, implement, and manage information technologies in organizational settings. The knowledge and skills incorporated in the program also enable students to continue the professional and educational development necessary for successful advancement in their careers.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to manage the full development life cycle for IS projects.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • In semester long projects in project management, data analysis and information assurance students will analyze a complex, real-world problem and produce appropriate project analysis development and implementation plans and documentation using the analysis methodology(s) and documentation notation(s) current in industry in the area of study. From this documentation they will manage a technical team through implementation of an actual or prototype system. The instructor will observe and evaluate the team management and participation skills of each student.

      Assessment Method

      • Class projects will be compared, by the IS curriculum committee, to those described in model syllabi for the IS field for equivalent areas of study. The documentation for class projects will be graded on completeness, correctness, and format. Class projects will be evaluated by members of the IS Industry Advisory Board. The problems posed and the level of detail required by the projects will be assessed for their ability to generalize to common industry situations. The instructor team skills evaluation criteria will be periodically evaluated by members of the IS Industry Advisory Board. Answers to employee and alumni surveys specific to this learning objective will be assessed when available

      2. Students will be able to manage the strategic alignment of the IS organization with corporate strategy and objectives.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • In semester long projects in project management, data analysis and information assurance students will analyze multiple real-world business cases including the domestic and global environments for the case organizations. Environmental and SWOT analyses will be combined with knowledge of the current technical environment to produce detailed plans for strategic IS that exploit information technology to provide sustainable strategic advantage for the organization. In semester long projects in programming, systems analysis and design and database classes, students will design and implement systems intended for specific organizational environments. As part of the system justification and requirements analysis the project documentation will specifically include: A statement of business goals and long term strategic objectives and how the IS facilitates these; A statement of the organizations structure and how the IS will fit into the current or proposed organizational structure; A change management plan that will reflect understanding of the organizations processes, business functions and organizational culture and how these will be affected by the proposed IS.

      Assessment Method

      • Class projects and cases will be compared, by the IS curriculum committee, to those described in model syllabi for the IS field for equivalent areas of study. The documentation for class projects and strategic systems will be graded on innovativeness, completeness, technical feasibility, and risk/reward ratio. Class projects and cases will be evaluated by members of the IS Industry Advisory Board. The problems posed and the level of detail required by the projects will be assessed for their ability to generalize to common industry situations. Answers to employee and alumni surveys specific to this learning objective will be assessed.

      3. Students will be able to manage the resources required to sustain the technical infrastructure of an organization including data, personnel, security and the technical environment.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • In semester long projects in change management, project management and information assurance teams of students will analyze the effects of proposed system implementations on multiple real-world business organizations. Change management plans will be developed for each project. In semester long projects in data resource management, project management and information assurance classes, teams of students will determine security and information assurance metrics for both actual and proposed information systems. Security and/or information assurance improvement plans will be developed for each project. IS 752, Issues in the Current Technical Environment is specifically designed to develop managerial level understanding of current IS technology for business and performance in the projects and exams for this class directly measure technical environment understanding. All other MSIS core courses assess the understanding of current technical practice in their respective specialties: IS security, controls and information assurance; Data management techniques, technologies and systems; State-of-practice project management methodologies and tools; State-of-practice change management methodologies and tools; State of practice methodologies, tools an d metrics for achieving and measuring alignment of IS strategy with overall organizational goals Performance indicators will be judged according to the requirements of the individual class and/or project.

      Assessment Method

      • Class projects and the cases and actual organizational situations used in the projects will be compared, by the IS curriculum committee, to those described in model syllabi for the IS field for equivalent areas of study. The change management plans will be assessed on feasibility, completeness, and cost/benefit ratio. Class projects and resulting plans will be evaluated by members of the IS Industry Advisory Board. The problems posed and the level of detail required by the projects will be assessed for their ability to generalize to common industry situations. Answers to employee and alumni surveys specific to this learning objective will be assessed.

      4. Students will be able to communicate effectively in written and oral format.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • In semester long projects in MSIS core classes, students will analyze complex, real-world problems for which they will generate the appropriate written plans, specifications and documentation. Extensive oral presentations of this material to groups with varying levels of organizational and technical competence will also be required in each course. Specifically, a management level and a technical level presentation of the problem solution proposal and user (process) documentation sufficient to train end users in the actual implementation of the problem solution are required. Presentations will be made initially to the class and the instructor who will be free to ask questions on any portion of the system. Optionally, depending on class, presentations will also be made to managerial and technical audiences from outside the MSIS classes. User documentation will be presented to a (simulated) user group as part of a class exercise, which simulates an end-user training/change management session.

      Assessment Method

      • The course cases and problem situations and the technical, managerial and user presentations and documentation for class projects will be periodically evaluated by members of the IS Curriculum Committee. Both the problems posed and successfully completed student examples will be assessed for their ability to generalize to common industry situations. All plans and documentation will be assessed on completeness, correctness, and comprehensibility (the ability to successfully communicate the required information to the appropriate audience). The requirements for the technical, managerial and user presentations and documentation for class projects will be periodically evaluated by members of the IS Industry Advisory Board. The problems posed and the level of detail required by the projects will be assessed for their ability to generalize to common industry situations. Answers to employee and alumni surveys specific to this learning objective will be assessed.

    Economics

    • Economics M.A. and M.S.

      Mission Statement

      The mission of University of Nevada, Reno's Master of Science program in Economics is to provide advanced training in economics, to prepare students to be economic analysts in either the public or private sector, and to prepare students for future advanced graduate studies in Economics.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of key principles of advanced microeconomics and macroeconomics.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will demonstrate their understanding of economic theory in the two required advanced economic theory classes (ECON 702 and ECON 703).

      Assessment Method

      • ECON 702 and ECON 703 exams, projects, and term papers that require theoretical analysis in courses ECON 702 and ECON 703 will be compared by the graduate faculty teaching those courses. The problems posed and the level of knowledge required by the exams, project and papers will be assessed for their ability to incorporate current economic methodology.

      2. Students will be able to identify correct econometric methods to analyze data, test hypotheses, and analyze economics issues.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will demonstrate their understanding of various econometric techniques, including OLS, instrumental variables, discrete variable methods, panel and time series techniques and be able to identify which technique to employ in the Applied Econometrics course and various electives.

      Assessment Method

      • Instructors teaching ECON 741 will use exams, cases and projects to evaluate depth and accuracy of quantitative skills. The term project will be used to judge understanding of appropriate techniques as well as presentation clarity.

      3. Students will be able to apply quantitative techniques to economic theory.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will complete a Math Workshop required by incoming graduate students the summer prior to matriculation in the graduate program and will demonstrate an understanding of those techniques in subsequent classes.

      Assessment Method

      • Student performance on problems assigned in the Math Workshop will be assessed as will performance on homework, exams, and projects in the theory courses (ECON 702 and 703). This will be compared to performance in subsequent classes.

      4. Students will be able to clearly communicate, either in writing or verbally when called upon, the results of an economic analysis.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will demonstrate a high level of critical thinking and written communication skills.

      Assessment Method

      • Exams and term projects will be used to assess student critical thinking skills. Term projects in ECON 741 and will be used to judge written communication skills.
    • Economics Ph.D.

      Mission Statement

      The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno's PhD program in Economics is to provide advanced training in economics in order to prepare students to work as economists in academia and the public private or non-profit sector.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to demonstrate abstract modeling skills and analytical reasoning to analyze economics issues.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Student performance in required theory courses and comprehensive exams will be judged by graduate faculty.

      Assessment Method

      • Exams in ECON 702, 703, 704, and 712 will be judged for conceptual and mathematical aptitude. Performance on the comprehensive exams will also be used.

      2. Students will be able to apply sound quantitative and econometric methods to analyze summarize data, test hypotheses, and analyze economics issues.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Student performance on exams and projects in the econometrics sequence (ECON 741 and 742).

      Assessment Method

      • Based on exams, projects, and research projects students understanding of econometrics will be judged, identifying areas needing more focus and concentration.

      3. Students will be able to report research results using strong written and verbal communication skills.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Students will demonstrate in dissertation chapters and presentations an understanding of theory and econometrics and an ability to communicate those results.

      Assessment Method

      • Dissertation chapters and presentations in department seminars will be judged by faculty.

      4. Students will be able to apply quantitative techniques to economic theory.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Ph.D. students will complete the math workshop before entering the program and satisfactorily complete the core micro, macro, and econometrics sequence.

      Assessment Method

      • Performance on problem sets in the math workshop, exams in the theory sequence courses, and performance on comprehensive exams in microeconomics and macroeconomics will be assessed by instructors and the graduate committee.

    General Business (B.S. in Business Administration)

    The assessment plan for this degree applies to the following: Economics (B.S.); Finance (B.S.); International Business (B.S.); Management (B.S.); and Marketing (B.S.).

    • General Business (B.S. in Business Administration)

      Mission Statement

      The mission of the College of Business undergraduate program is to enhance the lives of students by broadening their perspective and developing technical skills. The College will provide students the knowledge, experience and strong analytic skills necessary to be successful in competitive regional, national and global business job markets. The mission challenges COB to prepare its students by addressing the following: 1) ensuring that they acquire the necessary conceptual understanding across all areas of business; 2) enabling them to develop relevant practical business skills; and 3) promoting discipline specific research within a collaborative learning environment. The assurance of learning (AOL) process in the College of Business has developed six specific learning goals to meet the mission of the College.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of fundamental business knowledge and practices.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected classes that measure basic business knowledge. Assessment method is varied and includes measurement on exams, reports, quizzes, and other assignments.

      2. Students will be able to possess analytical and critical thinking skills.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected classes that address critical thinking and analytical skills including business statistics, business strategy and supply chain management. Assessment method is varied and includes measurement on exams, reports, quizzes, case studies, business games and other assignments.

      3. Students will be able to effectively communicate within a business environment.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected classes where students are instructed in verbal and written communication skills. Assessment method is varied and includes measurement on written reports, business communication to companies, resumes, oral presentations and group projects.

      4. Students will be able to use information technology to support business analysis and operations.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected classes where students are instructed in technology uses including lower and upper division Information System courses and the capstone strategic management course. Assessment method is varied and includes development of computer programs, web-based development projects, and business games.

      5. Students will be able to recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical issues, both personally and organizationally.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected classes where students are instructed in business and personal ethics including lower and upper division Accounting courses, Information System courses, and the capstone strategic management course. Assessment method is varied and includes performance on exams and individual questions.

      6. Students will be able to develop a global business perspective and will have the knowledge and skills to conduct business internationally.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Percent surveyed students in each of the following categories: "Needs Improvement"(students achieving less than 70% proficiency) "Meets Expectations" (students achieving between 70% and less than 90% proficiency) "Exceeds Expectations" (students achieving 90% or better proficiency)

      Assessment Method

      • Goal is assessed in selected international business classes where global business knowledge and practices are an integral component of the curriculum. Assessment method is varied and includes measuring performance on essays and exams.

    Managerial Sciences

    • Finance M.S.

      Mission Statement

      The Master of Science in Finance degree is designed to provide the foundations students will need to adapt and excel in the rapidly changing environment of the finance profession. The knowledge and skills incorporated in the program also enable students to continue the professional and educational development necessary for successful advancement in their careers.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to evaluate the feasibility of a capital budgeting project.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Comprehension of tools, techniques, and valuation theories will be measured primarily through tests and assignments in the appropriate courses.

      Assessment Method

      • Grades from Exams 2 and Final Exam from BADM 741 and Exam 2 from BADM 743 will be evaluated and collected.

      2. Students will be able to effectively communicate financial information and analysis.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Use of financial valuation of tools, techniques, and theories of valuing assets will be measured primarily through tests and assignments.

      Assessment Method

      • Tracking CFA Examination Results. Some MSF students take the Level I Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination. The MSF program will construct a data base to track the pass rate for MSF students taking this exam.
      • Scores from BADM 741 Final Project will be collected and evaluated

      3. Students will be able to use quantitative and analytical skills necessary for financial decision making.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • BADM 742 test scores
      • GMAT or GRE admission test score

      Assessment Method

      • Examine quantitative test in required quantitative skills course.
      • Collect score on quantitative portion of GMAT or GRE of incoming cohort.

      4. Students will be able to use various hedging techniques to manage the financial risks.

      Student Performance Indicators

      • Analytical thinking and quantitative skills will be measured primarily through tests and assignments in appropriate courses.
      • Measurement of the satisfaction of employers with MSF graduates.

      Assessment Method

      • Collect and evaluate scores from Exam 2 from BADM 743.
      • Evaluation of OUA employer survey.
    • Atmospheric Science Ph.D.

      Mission Statement

      The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno's MBA Program is to prepare outstanding men and women to be general managers, executives, and leaders in an adverse and changing business environment. The UNR MBA program consists of four components: (1) Core, (2) Breadth, (3) Electives/Emphasis areas, and (4) Integration course on Business Strategy.The core courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to the common body of knowledge and fundamental skills necessary to the practice of general management.The breadth courses are designed to expose, broaden, deepen and diversify knowledge and skills in critical and emerging areas of business.The Emphasis areas (electives)are designed to give students the opportunity to gain expertise in particular functional or industry disciplines. Currently the MBA program offers areas of emphasis in accounting,entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, and renewable energy. The integration course provides a comprehensive coverage of the key elements of strategic management for business decision making.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      1. Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of fundamental business knowledge and practices.

      2. Students will possess analytical and critical thinking skills.

      3. Students will be Effective Communicators within a Business Environment.

      4. Students will be able to use information technology to support business analysis and operations.

      5. Students will recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical issues, both personally and organizationally.