This is an example Course Portfolio Assessment Report. It does not reflect an actual course offering. It was prepared by Rich Christie.

EE 455 Course Portfolio Assessment

Spring 2000

Course Coordinator: Rich Christie

Course Instructor: Rich Christie (W00)

Additional Evaluator: Mark Damborg

Course Portfolio Assessment was performed on student work collected from the EE 455 offering in Winter 2000. The assessors were the course instructor, Rich Christie, and Mark Damborg, an additional evaluator assigned by the Group Curriculum Chair because the course coordinator also taught the course.

The student work reviewed included high, low and average samples from the following assignments:

HW 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, Special Problem 2 and a final project report.

Other assignments were not collected due to the startup of the program and some time pressure on returning homework to students. More care will be taken in the future to ensure all assignments are collected.

Outcome Coverage:

Course expected outcomes are taken from the Master Course Description dated 2/1/00.

(a) Apply math, science and engineering knowledge. The evaluators found that students were required to apply math, science and engineering knowledge in all of the assignments.

(c) Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs. The evaluators found that special problem 2 required students to select settings for power system protection devices, and that the final project required students to design changes to an existing power system to achieve stability requirements.

(e) Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. The homework uniformly required students to solve engineering problems. The project work caused students to identify and formulate sub-problems to the main project statement.

(k) Use of modern engineering tools. Students used a Matlab-based transient stability program in the final project.

Outcome Assessment

The evaluators compared student work against the level of achievement expected of a newly graduated BS in Electrical Engineering, and assigned an achievement level of Unacceptable (U), Acceptable (A) or Exemplary (E) in the outcomes addressed by the course.

Averaged Achievement Levels



Student Work


Student Work


Student Work

(a) math, sci, eng




(b) experiments


(c) design




(d) multi-discp team


(e) problem solving




(f) ethics


(g) communications


(h) breadth


(i) life long learning


(j) contemp. issues


(k) skills and tools




Student Conceptual Problems

The evaluators found that the work showed students seemed to have difficulty understanding the qualitative effect on stability of changing generator outputs, and tended to solve this problem by random trial and error rather than employing a more directed strategy. Overcurrent relay setting in radial lines was also a source of many errors.