Learning Objectives

Psychology Learning Objectives


I.        To understand psychology as a discipline. (Content): We expect our majors to obtain a broad knowledge of the core content of the discipline, and to master the basic content of at least five core areas of the discipline. The major is structure to ensure that students are exposed to a broad sample of these core areas of psychology (see Group B: Foundational Domains in the major requirements). These core areas of the discipline include: cognitive, learning, physiological/neuroscience, social, developmental (infant/child, adolescent/adult), abnormal, personality, sensation and perception.

II.       To understand and apply the methods of the discipline (Method): We expect our majors to understand and be able to apply empirical, quantitative, and technological methods in the investigation of psychological research. 

     A.  Students will acquire and be able to apply knowledge of statistics and experimental methodology. 

     B.  Students will develop basic competency in a variety of basic research skills including:

    (1) Retrieve empirical information from library sources including online databases.

    (2) Formulate hypotheses.

    (3) Design and conduct an experimental or quasi-experimental study.

    (4) Collect, record, organize, analyze, or interpret empirical data.  

    (5) Select and compute statistical tests and interpret their results.   

    (6) Use computers to store, organize, or analyze data. 

    (7) Recognize assumptions and make logical inferences when reading social science research. 

    (8) Create understandable graphs and tables. 

    (9) Make and record behavior observations.   

    (10) Design and conduct a survey.

III.       To become proficient in fundamental intellectual and social skills (Process):  We expect majors to gain basic skills that are (a) essential for a career in psychology, (b) required for achievement in the world of work, and (c) integral to life-long learning. 

      A.   Students will write an acceptable paper according to the guidelines of the APA.

      B.   Students will produce competent logical and empirical arguments and think critically.

      C.  Students will indicate self-knowledge, and interpersonal understanding, as a result of their experience as a psychology major.

      D.  Students will indicate openness to constructive personal and social change, as a result of their experience as a psychology major.

      E.   Students will demonstrate sensitivity to and tolerance of individual and groups differences as a result of their experience as a Psychology major.

IV.        To develop an appreciation for ethical action (Values):  We expect our majors to understand the ethical standards of psychologists. Specifically, we expect our majors to: demonstrate ethical treatment of subjects in research and conform to the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, when participating in human service activities.

      A.   Students will abide by the APA ethical guidelines for handling human and animal participants in research.  

      B.   Students who participate in practicum activities sponsored by the Department of Psychology will demonstrate basic competency of ethical considerations by writing satisfactory descriptions of dilemmas, how such situations ought to be appropriately and ethically handled, and what ethical principles apply to the situations described.  

      C.   Students who participate in human service activities sponsored by the Department of Psychology will demonstrate basic competency of ethical considerations at their placements.