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Student Learning Outcomes

CSULB Psychology Department

Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Knowledge Base in Psychology

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  3. Describe applications of psychology

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  2. Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  4. Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  2. Adopt values that build community

Communication

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective writing skills
  2. Exhibit effective presentation skills

Professional Development

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  2. Demonstrate effective teamwork skills
  3. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Based on: American Psychological Association (2013). APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: Version 2.0. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/undergrad/index.aspx

 

MAPR Program

Knowledge base in Psychological Research
By the time of completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Summarize and critique the psychology literature including core theories, particularly within their chosen area of specialization.

Research Design and Methods
By the time of completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Demonstrate their understanding and ability to implement basic and applied research designs used to address psychological issues.

Statistics
By the time of completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of analytic techniques that are used in psychology.

Communication 
By the time of completion of the MAPR degree, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Communicate both orally and in writing at a level that is appropriate for professionals in their chosen area of specialization.

 

MSIO Program

  • Knowledge Base in I-O Psychology 
  • By the time of completion of the MSIO degree, students will:
    1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in I-O psychology.
      Including (but not limited to) information related to the following topics:

      1. Measurement of Individual Differences
      2. Criterion Theory and Development
      3. Job and Task Analysis
      4. Employee Selection, Placement, and Classification
      5. Performance Appraisal and Feedback
      6. Training: Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation
      7. Work Motivation
      8. Attitude Theory; Small Group Theory and Process
      9. Organization Theory
      10. Organizational Development

     Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
    By the time of completion of the MSIO degree, students will:

    1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret I-O psychological findings.
    2. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
    3. Interpret, design, and conduct I-O psychological research.
    4. Appropriately apply and properly conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses.

     Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
    By the time of completion of the MSIO degree, students will:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal implications of conducting research in and the practice of I-O psychology.

     Communication
    By the time of completion of the MSIO degree, students will:

    1. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
    2. Exhibit effective presentation skills.
    3. Engage in active and meaningful discussion/dialogue on I-O psychological topics.

    Professional Development
    By the time of completion of the MSIO degree, students will:

    1. Apply I-O psychological content and skills to succeed in professional and academic endeavors.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively both independently and in group settings.
    3. Develop meaningful professional direction for a career after graduation.

 

MSHF Program

Knowledge Base in HF/E related fields

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of established research and theories of human capabilities and limitations in the areas of:
    • Perception
    • Attention
    • Learning and memory
    • Reasoning and Decision Making
    • Action performance
    • How the environment influences decision making and performance
  • Demonstrate Knowledge of human-computer interaction including:
    • Usability testing
    • Auditory/visual display design
    • Knowledge engineering and decision making

Research Methodology in HF/E related fields

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Evidence-Based HF/E Methods to the design of:
    • Jobs
    • Information systems
    • Consumer products
    • Workplaces
    • Equipment to improve user performance, safety and comfort.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply methodologies that are used in the design of human-machine systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to investigate basic and applied issues in Human Factors related areas.

Practical (applied) HF/E experience

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Engage in real-world research and practice in the field
  • Use academic knowledge and professional skills to help create Human Factors solutions for clients

Communication

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Independently create professional manuscripts and reports
  • Accurately report analysis of data
  • Effectively orally communicate HF/E knowledge

Teamwork

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate professional team management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate collaboration in the production of verbal and manual reports of field knowledge