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Departmental Assessment

The Department of Psychology is committed to providing an excellent education for students at all levels. This page provides a brief overview of the learning outcomes.

 

Learning Outcomes for PSY 1300 (Introduction to Psychology) 

  1. Social and Behavioral Science Component:  Students will examine behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture. Additionally, students will apply empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  2. Critical Thinking:  Students will demonstrate creative thinking; innovation; inquiry; and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  3. Communication:  Students will effectively develop, interpret, and express ideas through written, oral, and visual communication. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  4. Empirical and Quantitative Skills:  Students will manipulate and analyze numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  5. Social Responsibility:  Students will demonstrate intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.

Learning Outcomes for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and theories of psychology by using theories to explain and predict behavior and mental processes. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the psychological aspects of lifespan development. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  3. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to utilize appropriately the various methodologies and designs used in psychological research. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  4. Demonstrate understanding of statistical concepts and an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of research conclusions. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.
     
  5. Demonstrate understanding of ethical obligations and ethical issues within psychology. Our target is for 75 percent of our students to meet or exceed expectations.