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
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of health, wellness and most common behavior change theories/models in the context of development, sociocultural, and environmental factors.
- Students will be required to demonstrate mastery of this content knowledge through course-based examinations (DEP 2004 Principles of Development, HSC 2577 Nutrition, Health, & Wellness, CLP 3140 Basic Psychopathology, HSC 4555 Disease, Impairment, & Function, HSC 3202 Introduction to Public Health, HSC 4500 Epidemiology, HSC 3852 Occupation & Participation, HSC 3201 Understanding Healthy Communities, and OTH3208 Health Education Foundations,), as well as projects in HSC 4910 Capstone Experience and HSC 4814 Community Health Practicum.
- Evaluation of course-based projects will typically utilize a scoring rubric and scoring will be based on criteria presented in the course syllabus. Criteria include presentation organization, quality and thoroughness of presentation, knowledge and skills demonstrated.
- Community Health faculty will evaluate individual students’ overall content knowledge and skill via the Capstone Experience and Community Health Practicum performance which will include input from community health personnel based at the agency with which the student is placed. Project portfolios and presentations are the evidence utilized to determine whether a student has attained mastery.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills required for the role of a community health professional.
- Students will demonstrate oral communication abilities through lecture and practice in communicating with individuals and groups (OTH 3012C Dynamics of Communication), the preparation and presentation of posters to a general audience (HSC 3201 Understanding Healthy Communities) and class presentation of health information (HSC 3208 Health Education Foundations). Grading rubrics are typically used and criteria include: logical presentation format, eye contact, ability to respond to questions with appropriate information, and appropriate mastery of language associated with the specific topic presented.
- Students will demonstrate written communication abilities through course-based writing assignments (IHS4504 Research Methods in Health Care) as well as through development of a portfolio, grant proposal, or written health information materials (HSC 3852 Occupation & Participation, HSC 4814 Community Health Practicum and/or HSC 4910 Capstone Experience). Criteria for evaluation include: concise written communication, proper documentation using APA format, and the appropriate use of terminology and information pertinent to the task assigned.
Critical Thinking Skills
- Students will develop critical thinking skills to support interpretation, analysis, evaluation and inference drawing in the context of the Community Health discipline.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through essay exams and oral presentation of health-related topics in class and at local community health agencies.
- Using criteria developed by the faculty of Community Health Program and identified in the course syllabi, faculty members and/or internship site directors will evaluate each student’s work for the demonstration of critical thinking. Criteria are based on a student’s mastery of content found in the Community Health curriculum. (IHS4504 Research Methods in Health Care; HSC 4910 Capstone Experience; HSC 4814 Community Health Practicum.