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Program Learning Outcomes

Submitted by kemacklo on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:00pm

The Department of Psychology’s award-winning 2016 curriculum review established the following set of Program Learning Outcomes for our undergraduate programs. These outcomes represent the Department’s vision of the knowledge and skills that Psychology majors should be well positioned to achieve by graduation. Our Department has committed to a 5-year Action Plan to implement program-level changes and course-level changes designed to foster student achievement of these important outcomes.

1. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological sciences

• convey key concepts and theoretical approaches in several areas of psychological science
• describe biological, psychological, and social foundations of typical and atypical behaviour and mental processes
• identify historical trends, recent advances, and the limits of psychological knowledge

2. Think critically and solve problems

• assess and critically evaluate information, ideas, and assumptions comprehensively and from a variety of perspectives
• use relevant sources of scientific knowledge to identify, frame, and generate novel solutions to problems or issues
• contribute to knowledge and problem solving using integrative and creative approaches

3. Conduct research and analyze data

Research methods
• understand the advantages and limitations of different research methods
• generate research questions and implement appropriate research methods to answer them
• draw appropriate inferences from obtained findings

Data analysis
• identify and apply appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis techniques
• use statistical software to analyze data and solve data analysis problems
• communicate research findings effectively using figures, graphs, and tables

4. Communicate effectively

Written communication
• write correct, clear, concise, and convincing research reports and papers
• convey psychological theories and findings to both scientific and non-scientific audiences
• describe, compare and contrast, and synthesize psychological theories, ideas, and research findings 

Oral communication
• give presentations to increase knowledge, foster understanding, and impact the target audience
• use technology and graphics to facilitate the transmission of information and ideas
• articulate and explain key messages and concepts clearly and credibly 

Teamwork and interactions with others
• communicate and contribute in group activities and in discussions to facilitate goals
• demonstrate accountability and integrity in professional and peer relationships

5. Demonstrate information literacy

• locate, interpret, evaluate, and communicate psychological information and findings
• assess the relevance, reliability, validity, and utility of different sources of information
• operate as an informed consumer, generator, and disseminator of research findings

6. Understand and implement ethical principles

• identify ethical issues and ramifications of actions and policies in research and other settings
• adhere to and apply ethical principles, and demonstrate social responsibility
• recognize different perspectives that can be applied to ethical dilemmas

7. Apply psychological knowledge and skills

• use psychological principles to generate solutions to personal, social, organizational, and societal problems
• understand the practical importance and uses of the concepts and methods of psychology
• transfer learning and psychological knowledge to novel contexts and situations