Neuroscience Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

 I. Learning Goals for NEUROSCIENCE Majors (knowledge base) 

Students who graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Neuroscience at UNE 
will be able to: 

  1. Understand the cellular and molecular structure and function of neurons, including how  neurons communicate 
  2. Understand the organization and function of sensory and motor systems, including transduction mechanisms and encoding properties of the nervous system 
  3. Understand the organization and function of the brain as it relates to behavior and cognition 
  4. Understand the development and mechanisms of plasticity of the nervous system 
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of neuroanatomy, including an understanding of how nervous system structure relates to its function 

The program will provide a framework for the historical trends and theoretical 
perspectives in the neurosciences. The goal is to produce independent, self-motivated 
learners who have acquired the analytical and research skills that will help them to think 
creatively while integrating complex ideas. Particular emphasis is placed on developing 
the skills necessary to effectively communicate in both the written and oral format. 
 
Students will acquire the following skills as they complete their degree program in 
Neuroscience: 
 
1. Quantitative skills 
1.1 Ability to represent information in a quantitative format 
1.2 Ability to analyze and interpret quantitative information, including graphs and statistics 
1.3 Ability to quantitatively manipulate data and information 
 
2. Critical and integrative thinking skills 
2.1 Ability to critique and develop experimental designs and methodology 
2.2 Ability to integrate findings from diverse fields to address a research question or develop a testable hypothesis. 
2.3 Ability to read and analyze a primary research paper 
 
3. Research skills 
3.1 Ability to develop a hypothesis and design experiments to test this hypothesis 
3.2 Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data 
3.3 Ability to perform multiple techniques related to neuroscience research (specific techniques may vary, but include: anatomical techniques, electrophysiology, biochemical techniques, cell culture, behavioral studies, etc.) 

 
4. Communication skills 
4.1 Ability to present information orally in an organized and understandable manner 
4.2 Ability to communicate scientific information in written format for scientific 
publication 
4.3 Ability to communicate scientific information to the lay public in both oral and 
written format 
 
5. Independent critical thinking skills 
5.1 Ability to defend unique views/approaches/answers to well established phenomenon 
and theories based upon objective evidence 
5.2 Ability to overcome barriers/impediments to learning/research. 
5.3 Ability to find answers to questions that may not be specifically addressed in a course

MEASURES 

KNOWLEDGE 
BASE

SKILL 1

SKILL 2

SKILL 3

SKILL 4

SKILL 5

USE OF THE INFORMATION

MCAT or GRE Exam scores for Neuroscience majors who anticipate applying to medical or graduate school 

X

X     X

Data are reported to department annually in aggregate and student are 

given their individual scores.

All data are reviewed as part of program review 

every four years

All students are  required to complete an upper level neuroscience seminar course or independent research in a neuroscience laboratory 

X X X X X X

Data are reported to department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review

Graduating student 
survey administered in 
early May of senior 
year 

X X X X X X

Data are reported to 
department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review

Internship Evaluation 
Form is required for Neuroscience students 
doing internships

X X X X X X

Data are reported to department in an annual assessment meeting in aggregate and used as part of program review