Psychological Science Ph.D. Learning Outcomes
PLO 1. Develop Knowledge of the Discipline
- Answer questions concerning history, principles, and theories in the student’s area of specialization (Social/Personality, Health, Development, or Affective Science).
- Discuss central concepts, principles, and ideas in their major area from a broad, historical perspective, including major theoretical constructs, and important emerging themes.
- Master current research within their own area of interest (social/personality psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, or affective science).
PLO 2. Research Methods and Statistics
- Master analytical and statistical techniques in psychological research.
- Identify appropriate methods and statistics to address different types of research questions.
- Ability to design studies in their research area.
PLO 3. Pedagogy
- Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings in both lecture and discussion formats.
- Identify and effectively deploy suitable digital media for use in all aspects of instruction.
- Assess students effectively, including developing and using appropriate measures.
PLO 4. Scholarly Communication
- Structure a coherent academic argument that rigorously presents and evaluates evidence to support claims.
- Review and cogently synthesize relevant literature.
- Write in a level and style of English consistent with that found in leading academic journals.
- Understand and properly use styles of citing, referencing, and formatting found in psychological research outlets.
- Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of digital media.
- Cogently summarize their research and its significance for non-specialist audiences.
PLO 5. Professionalism
- Select appropriate conference venues for their research.
- Prepare a presentation suitable for a research conference.
- Prepare manuscripts that meet the standards of psychological research journals and respond appropriately to recommendations for revision.
- Select appropriate fellowship or grant opportunities and prepare competitive proposals.
- Make effective contributions to research teams and lab groups.
PLO 6. Independent Research
- Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor.
- Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles and books that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals and presses in the field of psychology.
- Supervise research assistants effectively.
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