Psychology Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of their Bachelors Degree Program in Psychology, students will be able to: 
 
GOAL 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology: Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. 

1.1 Characterize the nature of psychology as a discipline. 
1.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology (e.g., learning and cognition, individual differences, biological bases of behavior,  developmental changes in behavior). 
1.3 Use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena. 
1.4 Explain major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural). 

GOAL 2: Research Methods in Psychology: Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. 

2.1 Describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology. 
2.2 Explain different research methods used by psychologists. 
2.3 Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research. 
2.4 Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods. 
2.5 Follow the APA Ethics Code in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research. 
2.6 Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of particular research methods. 

GOAL 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. 

3.1 Use critical thinking effectively. 
3.2 Engage in creative thinking. 
3.3 Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals. 
3.4 Approach problems effectively. 

GOAL 4: Application of Psychology: Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. 

4.1 Describe major applied areas (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, etc.) and emerging (e.g., health, forensics, media, military, etc.) applied areas of psychology. 
4.2 Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems. 
4.3 Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy. 
4.4 Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life. 
4.5 Recognize that ethically complex situations can develop in the application of psychological principles. 

GOAL 5: Information and Technological Literacy: Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes. 

5.1 Demonstrate information competence at each stage in the following process: formulate a researchable topic; locate and choose relevant sources from appropriate media, use selected sources after evaluating 
their suitability; read and accurately summarize the general scientific literature of psychology. 
5.2 Use appropriate software to produce understandable reports of the psychological literature, methods, and statistical and qualitative analyses in APA or other appropriate style, including graphic representations of data. 
5.3 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly. 
5.4 Demonstrate these computer skills: use basic software programs, search the Web, use proper etiquette and security safeguards when communicating through e-mail. 

GOAL 6: Communication Skills: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats. 

6.1 Demonstrate effective writing skills in various formats (e.g., essays, correspondence, technical papers, note taking) and for various purposes (e.g., informing, defending, explaining, persuading, arguing, teaching). 
6.2 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., group discussion, debate, lecture) and for various purposes (e.g., informing, defending, explaining, persuading, arguing, teaching). 
6.3 Exhibit quantitative literacy. 
6.4 Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills. 
6.5 Exhibit the ability to collaborate effectively. 

GOAL 7: Sociocultural and International Awareness: Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity. 

7.1 Interact effectively and sensitively with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives. 
7.2 Examine the sociocultural and international contexts that influence individual differences. 
7.3 Explain how individual differences influence beliefs, values, and interactions with others and vice versa. 
7.4 Understand how privilege, power, and oppression may affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity. 
7.5 Recognize prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviors that might exist in themselves and in others. 
7.6 Predict how interaction among diverse people can challenge conventional understanding of psychological processes.