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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. Interpret and compare and contrast the developmental, cognitive, social, organizational, andphysiological diversity of human behavior and experience, including their pathological variants.
  2. Evaluate the scientific integrity and ethical and legal issues involved in basic and applied psychological research.
  3. Interpret and defend psychological concepts while recognizing alternate explanations.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through the following courses using the assigned specified course work: PSY 4990 Senior Seminar in Psychology (analytical papers); CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology (written exams); DEP 4054 Developmental Psychology (research critiques); PSY 3017 Experimental Psychology (research proposals); and INP 4004 Industrial/Organizational Psychology or SOP 4004 Social Psychology (written exams).

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts.  Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone courses.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts.  Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone courses.