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Washington State University Graduate School

Psychology-Experimental, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

All graduates will be able to:

    1.  To produce highly skilled, ethical, creative, and productive research psychologists in one or more specialty areas, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that will help  students to:
        1.  Become independent, self-motivated, ethical researchers with the ability to recognize problems in their field of expertise and formulate solutions to the problems.
        2.  Develop a comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise.
        3.  Generate viable questions and identify significant research problems within their field of expertise, and be conversant with a wide variety of strategies for generating  and testing hypotheses that emerge from these questions/problems.
        4.  Apply sound research methods to problems in their field of expertise and describe the methods effectively.
        5.  Perform statistical analyses of research data and present the results in a way that makes clear sense of the data and conclusions to be drawn.
        6.  Discuss the solution to the research problem or the support or lack of support for the hypothesis in a way that effectively describes the contribution of the research  to the area of study.
        7.  Communicate information clearly and effectively in written and oral form according to professional standards.
        8.  Achieve a mastery of knowledge in the general field of experimental psychology and the highest level of expertise in a specific, defined area of this field.
        9.  Develop a general knowledge of different psychological methods, analyses, and data presentation tools to best answer a research question and convey this  information clearly
    2.  To produce highly skilled, ethical, creative, and effective instructors capable of teaching general psychology and/or teaching in one or more specialty areas of psychology, the  program aims to provide a variety of experiences that will help students to:
        1.  Become independent, self-motivated, ethical teachers with the ability to utilize appropriate teaching techniques and technologies in order to develop effective and  engaging lecture material, class activities, and assignments relevant to the class being offered.
        2.  Communicate information clearly and effectively in oral and written form and create a positive learning environment that encourages student understanding and  utilization of the information presented.
        3.  Develop effective quizzes and examinations to successfully evaluate learning in a manner that is fair to all students enrolled in the class.
    3.  To enable students to become successful professionals in preparation for competitive research and teaching positions in academia, as well as research or applied positions in  government and industry, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that will help students to:
        1.  Achieve professional competency.
        2.  Present research to local, regional, national, and audiences through publications in professional (peer-reviewed) journals and conference posters/papers.
        3.  Participate in professional organizations, becoming members, attending meetings, and taking leadership roles where appropriate.
        4.  Broaden their professional foundations through activities such as teaching, fellowships, and grant applications.
        5.  Secure employment

 

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