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The Psychology Program

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the knowledge base in psychology.
  2. Act with ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world.
  3. Be aware of the range of professional opportunities related to psychology.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels using analytical papers and a comprehensive exam in the following course: PSY 4990 Senior Seminar in Psychology.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate scientific ideas clearly
  2. Conduct a comprehensive, critical, and synthetic literature review on a topic in psychology.

Communication skills are assessed using papers, presentations, exams and/or research assignments in the capstone course PSY 4990 Senior Seminar.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Graduates will be well versed in the principles of scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

Critical thinking skills are assessed using papers, presentations, exams and/or research assignments in the capstone course PSY 4990 Senior Seminar.