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Student Learning Objectives Psychology

Bachelor of Arts 

  1. Students will demonstrate competence in advanced writing, effective presentation skills, and use of literature in the discipline of psychology
  2. Student’s will think critically about research in psychology by using basic research methods and analyzing and interpreting data.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Social Basis of Behavior.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Clinical/Developmental Approaches in Psychology.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in Cognitive/Behavioral Approaches in Psychology.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in the Biological Basis of Behavior

 

Master of Arts MA (Industrial & Organizational Psych)

  1. Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
  2. Students will be able to apply principles in the following areas:
    (a) Personnel Psychology
    (b) Organizational Psychology
    (c) Statistics
  3. Students will demonstrate consulting skills.
  4. Students will be able to critically review research literature.

 

Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience

  1. Students will be able to conduct original research including:
    (a) Literature review and generation of hypotheses
    (b) Understand and apply an appropriate laboratory technique or research methodology
    (c) Statistical analyses of data
    (d) Incorporate findings into the existing literature and identify implications of study 
  2. Students demonstrate effective presentation skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the behavioral neuroscience literature, an ability to use critical thinking skills and scholarship to create new ideas and hypotheses and an ability to synthesize scientific approaches and findings across research areas.
  4. Students will demonstrate accomplishment of laboratory skills

 

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

  1. Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate in depth knowledge in the following areas:
    (a) Psychopathology
    (b) Child Clinical
    (c) Assessment
    (d) Behavior change
    (e) Research Design
    (f) Conceptual issues
    (g) Ethical and Professional Issues
    (h) General Issues
  3. Students will demonstrate assessment and Intervention skills.
  4. Students will be able to conduct original research including:
    (a) Literature review and generation of hypotheses
    (b) Understand and apply an appropriate technique or research methodology
    (c) Statistical analyses of data, incorporate findings into the existing literature and identify implications of study

 

Ph.D. in Cognitive Learning

  1. Students will be able to conduct original research and effectively communicate its results in written journal article format. Components of meeting this objective are:
    (a) doing a literature review
    (b) generating novel hypotheses based on that review
    (c) creating an experimental or observational design and a research methodology that optimally tests those hypotheses
    (d) reporting the results of statistical analyses suitable for publication in journal articles
    (e) integrating the results within the framework of the existing literature and identifying the novel implications of those results
  2. Students will be able to effectively communicate research results in an oral presentation. Components of meeting this objective are:
    (a) effectively organizing and ordering the material
    (b) pitching the material at a level appropriate to the audience
    (c) creating well designed PowerPoint slides
    (d) synchronizing the appearance of the material on the slides with the oral presentation
    (e) appropriately pacing the presentation based on audience reactions
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct a comprehensive literature search on a somewhat general topic in cognitive psychology and to effectively synthesize the results in that literature. Components of meeting this objective are:
    (a) identifying common threads among seemingly disparate findings
    (b) identifying deficiencies in experimental designs and procedures and gaps in empirical knowledge
    (c) critically evaluating theories so as to create new ideas and hypotheses
  4. Students will have the ability to use existing software and data bases specific to creating experimental materials, collecting data in various paradigms in cognitive psychology and statistically evaluating those data

 

Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  1. Students will be able to conduct original research including:
    (a) literature review
    (b) Understand and apply an appropriate research methodology
    (c) Place findings within an appropriate stream of the discipline
  2. Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate in depth knowledge in :
    (a) Personnel Psychology
    (b) Organizational Psychology
    (c) Research Methods
  4. Students will demonstrate consulting skill.