Psychology Department Student Learning Outcomes

PSYCH 1

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate among various subfields of psychology.
  2. Identify the primary research methods employed in the study of psychology
  3. Identify the primary objectives (goals) of psychology.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and limitations of research in psychology.
  5. Critically evaluate sources of information in the field of psychology, including research articles published in major psychological journals

PSYCH 2

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively use the APA style in writing research reports.
  2. Successfully perform a literature search using the PsycArticles database and the Internet to find articles and information about various topics in psychology that are published in major psychological journals. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ethics in performing research with human participants and the ability to differentiate between ethical and unethical research practices.
  4. Recognize the importance of the use of statistical analyses and the reporting of statistical results in research publications.
  5. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of different research methods used in psychological research.

PSYCH 3

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of psychological theory regarding the relationship between physiology, cognition, and emotion.
  2. Identify the lobes of the cortex and their major functions.
  3. Differentiate between several measures of brain activity used in biopsychological research.
  4. Identify the underlying causes of neurological and mental disorders.
  5. Describe the action potential
  6. Describe how communication takes place between neurons.

PSYCH 4

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical basis of how cognitive psychology was formed as a branch of general psychology.
  2. Distinguish the major theoretical objectives of cognitive psychology from that of other subdisciplines in the field of psychology.
  3. Identify and describe the goals of the subareas of study within cognitive psychology.
  4. Critically evaluate sources of information in the field of cognitive psychology.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the research processes that have culminated in past and current knowledge in the field of cognitive psychology.

PSYCH 5

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the different psychological theories to the study of human sexual behavior. 
  2. Integrate the interaction of the biological bases of human sexuality with the psychological and historical influences in our society.
  3. Trace the development of human sexuality from childhood to old age.
  4. Compare the variations in sexuality found across social classes, ethnic groups, and other species.

PSYCH 7

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various theories in developmental psychology
  2. List and evaluate the differences between the various methods of investigation used in developmental studies
  3. Describe the processes of heredity, human reproduction, and prenatal development
  4. Identify and evaluate factors affecting the physical, social, emotional, psychological, and intellectual development of children and adolescents.
  5. Apply theories and scientific terms to real life situations or case studies involving children and adolescents

PSYCH 16

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the ways in which culture, ethnicity, race, gender and sex have been used to explain diversity among groups and populations in the U.S. and the world.
  2. Explain the psychological influences of culture on basic psychological processes, social and human development, social cognition, and social interaction.
  3. Analyze contemporary theories of psychology relative to culture
  4. Critically evaluate scientific literature examining culture, ethnic, sex, and gender differences on psychological factors.
  5. Describe and apply skills that enhance cross-cultural communication, interactions, and relationships.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of their own and others’ culture and world views.

PSYCH 21

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the process by which psychologists conduct research and identify where gender bias may enter the research process.
  2. Identify the biological determinants of gender, and evaluate their relative contributions to gender identity in comparison to the role of psycho-social factors.
  3. Discuss recent research on mood changes over the menstrual cycle and during the postpartum period, and assess the relative roles of hormones and culture in relation to these changes.
  4. Identify the treatment of the genders by the media, in advertisements and in language.
  5. Compare and contrast the similarities among the following types of victimization: rape, battering, sexual harassment and incest; propose solutions to these problems
  6. Compare and contrast theories of how gender identity develops.

PSYCH 30

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define conformity and distinguish between the primary forms of conformity (i.e., compliance, acceptance, and obedience).
  2. Recognize the biases that influence clinical judgment.
  3. Describe how our everyday language suggests bias.
  4. Identify social facilitation and describe the misleading nature of the term.
  5. Define the bystander effect and identify the situational variables that promote it.
  6. Identify the role of social influence, the actual, imagined or implied presence of others' effects, on behavior in different situations.

PSYCH 33

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze and explain the major theories of personality.
  2. Analyze and explain the major theories of human motivation.
  3. Apply principles of adjustment to major life transitions.
  4. Critique approaches to adjustment.
  5. Recognize and define problems associated with intimacy and human relationships.

PSYCH 37

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast biological, psychological, family, and social views of the causes and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  2. Identify and compare major scientific methods for gathering and analyzing information to describe abnormal behavior.
  3. Identify the difference between organic and functional disorders.
  4. List and/or recognize the characteristics of specific anxiety, somatoform, mood, eating, sleep, sexual-identity, substance abuse, personality, schizophrenic and cognitive disorders.
  5. Recognize unethical therapeutic practices according to the American Psychological Association Guidelines.

PSYCH 44

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate and identify null and alternative hypotheses in research
  2. Define and give examples of independent variables, dependent variables, and scales of measurement
  3. Generate and interpret various types of graphical displays and tables from research data
  4. Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics
  5. Analyze data using statistical software (SPSS)

PSYCH 125

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the different types of aging, and what causes these different types of aging.
  2. Understand the theoretical and methodological issues that researchers face in studying older adults.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological changes that some older adults in later life experience including depression and anxiety.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the cognitive functioning and intelligence of older adults.
  5. Know the different physiological changes, and the current top causes of death.
  6. Apply the social issues that older adults are currently facing and how these will affect their overall well being.
  7. Understand the different types of stressors that older adults face, and how older adults cope with these stressors.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of what happens during retirement and the living arrangement options that older adults have after retirement.
  9. Be proficient in understanding the different social support theories and how relationships change in later life.
PSYCH 140

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify common misconceptions about the field of psychology.
  2. Differentiate among different major programs within the field of psychology.
  3. Identify the goals of psychology as a science.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary for success as a psychology major.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for admittance to different graduate programs related to psychology.
  6. Differentiate between popular media articles in psychology and articles published in scholarly psychological journals.
  7. Locate resource materials relevant to psychology using the library digital database..
  8. Explain the importance of different kinds of volunteer work in preparation for careers and/or graduate school in fields related to psychology.
  9. Identify attainable careers and common work settings for  graduates holding a BA/BS in psychology and identify at least two of personal interest to self.
Additionally, PSYCH 1, PSYCH 2, and PSYCH 7 meet the information competency general education requirement and is an institutional student learning outcome (ISLO).

Updated 12/1/16