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Psychology
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Student Learning Outcomes

Psychology BA

Learning Goals

Students who graduate with a major in psychology should have current knowledge of:

  • The major theories in psychology and their influences across subfields and time.
  • The major methodologies of psychological research and fundamental statistical concepts.
  • The biological processes underlying behavior.
  • Sensation, perception, information processing and retention.
  • How behaviors develop and change throughout the life span.
  • How internal, environmental, and social factors influence behavior.
  • Individual differences in behavior, including those related to gender, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Different perspectives on the origin and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • Ethical issues in the teaching, research, and the practice of professional psychology.

Technical Skills

In the course of learning the above, students are expected to graduate with the ability to:

  • Design and implement research, analyze data appropriately and judge the significance of the findings.
  • Critically evaluate psychological research as well as the popular notions of human behavior.
  • Use the primary literature of the field and prepare a clear, organized summary of a topic.
  • Use computers for the preparation of manuscripts, the analysis of data, and communication.
  • Understand and work effectively with a diversity of individuals and groups.
  • Apply theory and research to contemporary problems.
  • Maintain currency in the field and utilize that knowledge in their lives.

MAPR Program

By the end of the M.A. program in psychological research, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Summarize and critique the psychology literature, particularly within their chosen area of specialization.
  • Use core theories from their area of specialization to guide the development and implementation of research studies.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the range of basic and applied research designs used to address psychological issues.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the development of research instruments and indicators of reliability and validity relative to one’s area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of analytic techniques that are used in psychology, particularly univariate and multivariate statistical techniques.
  • Communicate both orally and in writing at a level that is appropriate for professionals in their chosen area of specialization.

MSIO Program

An MSIO student will demonstrate competency:

  • as an informed consumer of the knowledge of the history and systems of psychology in general, and the history and systems of I-O psychology in particular.
  • as an informed consumer of the knowledge of core I-O content areas and a practitioner applying this knowledge to I-O issues in workplace settings.
  • as an applied researcher, demonstrating (a) the knowledge of basic applied research methods, (b) data collection and statistical analysis skills and abilities, (c) oral presentation skills, and (d) report writing skills.
  • as a culturally aware participant in diverse organizational settings.

MSHF Program

At the end of the program, students should have the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychology to the design of jobs, information systems, consumer products, workplaces, and equipment to improve user performance, safety and comfort.
  • Apply methodologies that are used in the design of human-machine systems.
  • Design research to answer basic and applied issues in Human Factors.