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Introductory Psychology

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  • 1. Introductory Psychology
    Student Learning Outcomes
  • 2. Combining Missions
    In General Education departments required to gather data in just two of four skill-oriented domains (not content) of their choosing
    For Introductory Psychology, the department chose • Critical Thinking (e.g., problem-solving)
    • Ethics/Integrity (e.g., ethical reasoning)
    Department samples minimum of one course in fall to gather data for gen ed assessment conversation
    Important side benefit: volunteers have turned their work into publications
  • 3. Content
    Identify basic features of classic research in psychology.
    Describe historical and cultural contexts that give rise to knowledge
    Assessment Strategy:
    Pre-post multiple choice test on social psychology.
  • 4. Critical Thinking
    Make plausible applications of psychology concepts (reducing reliance on personal experience and increasing on scientific evidence)
    Evaluate quality of research designs
    Develop alternative explanations for behavioral events
    Assessment:
    Criticize badly designed experiments.
  • 5. Integrity/Ethics
    Identify relevant ethical issues involved in psychological research and practice
    Discriminate ethical from nonethical practices
    Assessment:
    Essay questions on regular exam (e.g., describing ethical constraints on therapists in formulating treatment plan)
  • 6. Communication
    Begin the use of APA conventions in scientific writing
    Verbally express ideas precisely and persuasively in multiple formats
    Assessments:
    ~Essay questions
    ~Paired presentation on selected topic
  • 7. Project Management
    Design viable group project.
    Complete project on time.
    Self-assesses accurately.
    Assessment:
    3rd “exam” is creative project of group’s choice.
  • 8. Oral Presentation Rubric
    Each criterion is worth a maximum of 5 points. Presentation = 50 points.
    Use the following scale to make your judgment about quality achieved.
    5 =excellence achieved
    4 = minor difficulty
    3 = moderate difficulty
    2 = serious difficulty
    1 = minimal effort/achievement
    0 = no achievement
  • 9. Speaking Criteria
    Organizes information logically (with focus, precision, within time limit)
    Shows mastery of content
    Shows evidence of conducting research
    Cites specific experts to support viewpoint
    Engages audience through interesting/imaginative content
    Relates appropriately to audience level of knowledge
    Shows professional delivery
    Uses supportive media effectively
    Provides copy of reference list with minimum of ten references
    Identifies strengths and weaknesses accurately after performance