Student Learning Outcomes

List the outcomes intended for students participating in the course.

Student learning outcomes should be phrased in terms of observable or measurable behaviors that a student should be expected to demonstrate as a result of taking the course. Some examples of well-written Student Learning Outcomes statements:

  • "By the end of this course, students will be able to. . .
  • . . .identify five key provisions of the clean air act"
    . . .outline the procedure for calibrating a gas chromatograph"
    . . .interpret poetry in the cultural context of its period"
    . . .distinguish between conduction and convection"
    . . .apply structured and semi-structured interviewing techniques in his/her fieldwork"
    . . .calculate the probability that two sample means will differ by more than 5%"
    . . .explain which economic and political factors contributed to the outbreak of WW II"
    . . .design an experiment to determine the effect of temperature on. . ."
    . . .formulate a resume in the foreign language for a job application abroad"
    . . .evaluate the usefulness of various anthropological research methods for the study of a specific problem by selecting one of the options and justifying your choice."

Student learning outcomes that are phrased. . .the student will: know, learn, appreciate, understand, etc. . . .are not appropriate for this purpose. They may be critically important overarching goals, but are not specific enough to lend themselves to measurability for the purposes of course assessment.