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Student Learning Outcomes

The American Psychological Association approved The APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2 in August 2013. The Department of Psychology at Ohio University aims for its undergraduates to achieve the five major learning goals recommended by APA Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies. The table below summarizes these learning goals and the associated learning outcomes and assessment tools:

Goals

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge Base in Psychology

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

 

1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains

 

1.3 Describe applications of psychology

2. Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking

2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena

 

2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

 

2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

 

2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

 

2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

3. Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

 

3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

 

3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

4. Communication

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

 

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

 

4.3 Interact effectively with others

5. Professional Development

5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

 

5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

 

5.3 Refine project-management skills

 

5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

 

5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Assessment Plan

Goals

Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tool

1. Knowledge Base in Psychology

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

 

 

1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains

 

 

1.3 Describe applications of psychology

 

2. Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking

2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena

 

 

2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

  • PSY2110: Research projects in which students collect, analyze, and interpret their own data
  • PSY2110: Exams on which students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of basic descriptive and inferential statistical procedures
  • Publications and conference presentations

 

2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

 

 

2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

  • Participation in PSY3940
  • Publications and conference presentations

 

2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

 

3. Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

  • PSY2110: Assignment testing knowledge of ethical standards
  • PSY2110/PSY2120: Completion of online IRB training module

 

3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

 

 

 

3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

  • Participation in PSY3910

4. Communication

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

  • Publications and conference presentations

 

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

  • PSY2110: Oral presentations in which students present the data they collected, analyzed, and interpreted
  • Conference presentations

 

4.3 Interact effectively with others

  • PSY2110: Team research project in which groups of 3-4 students design a small study, collect data, analyze the data, and then interpret the data
  • Publications and conference presentations

5. Professional Development

5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

 

 

5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

 

 

5.3 Refine project-management skills

  • PSY2110: Team research project in which groups of 3-4 students design a small study, collect data, analyze the data, and then interpret the data
  • Publications and conference presentations

 

5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

  • PSY2110: Team research project in which groups of 3-4 students design a small study, collect data, analyze the data, and then interpret the data
  • Publications and conference presentations

 

5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

  • Pathway to Graduate School assignments (CV, personal statement, diversity statement) and admission results

This document represents the initial steps taken in the development of a comprehensive assessment plan for the department’s undergraduate program. The goal is to integrate assessment into classes throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

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