Department of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

The psychology department has developed 5 student learning outcomes that we believe will serve students well whether they pursue an advanced degree or move directly into the workforce. We also believe our learning outcomes will prepare students to become competent, informed and engaged global citizens.

FLC Psychology Department Learning Outcomes (2014 and beyond)
(modified from American Psychological Association. (2013). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major, version 2.0. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf)

These 5 key learning outcomes are organized below under FLC’s 4 main learning outcomes of a liberal arts education.

COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOME: Learning As Inquiry
Psychology Department Learning Outcome 1: Development of a Psychological Worldview

Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of their knowledge and application of psychological ideas to simple problems; students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.

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

1.2 Describe applications of psychology within their content domains

COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOME: Critical Thinking As Problem Solving
Psychology Department Learning Outcome 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.

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 Recognize sociocultural factors in scientific research

COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOME: Action As Responsible Application Of Academic Learning
Psychology Department Learning Outcome 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students completing foundation- level courses should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should have more direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who do not share their heritage and traditions. This domain also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.

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 a variety of levels, such as local, national, or even global.

COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOME: Communication As Intellectual Contribution 
Psychology Department Learning Outcome 4: Communication Skills

Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. Students completing foundation-level courses should write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.

4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

4.3 Communicate effectively with diverse others

COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOME: Action As Responsible Application Of Academic Learning
Psychology Department Learning Outcome 5: Professional Development

The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed and refined both in traditional academic settings and in extracurricular involvement. In addition, career professionals can be enlisted to support occupational planning and pursuit. This emerging emphasis should not be construed as obligating psychology programs to obtain employment for their graduates but instead as encouraging programs to optimize the competitiveness of their graduates for securing places in the workforce.

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 Demonstrate technological literacy

5.5 Enhance teamwork capacity

5.6 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation


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