Student Learning Outcomes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.