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Sociology, BA/BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome 1 Concept Definition

Use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate information and ideas and then synthesize conclusions to propose new perspectives and solutions.
Students will:
• Define Sociological terms and concepts.
Objective 1 Utilize concepts in contextual application to explain empirical material.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Students are close to an overall acceptable level, based on the attached assessment report.

2017 Status
Achieved
Student learning outcomes have a positive distribution. In other words, they skew slightly high, but this may be the result of inaccuracy of the assessment device which has an unknown measure of validity and reliability.

Objective 2 Elaborate understanding of concepts in written form.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Assessment results indicate that we have exceeded the threshold for this outcome.

Objective 3 Identify concepts in a consistently measured format.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Assessment reports indicate that we are achieving above the mean of our threshold goal.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
Based on the most recent assessment, the course seems to be meeting its learning objectives within the target threshold.

Outcome 2 Theories in Context

Students will:

Identify and describe major sociological theories and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were
developed.
Objective 4 Compile concepts into coherent theoretical perspectives.
Objective 5 Compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives.
Objective 6 Explain empirical observations with theoretical perspectives.

Outcome 3 Undertake Research

Students will:
1. Be proficient in quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods.
2. Individually or in teams undertake a research project that collects or observes and analyzes empirical data.
3. Present findings.
Objective 7 Undertake a research project individually or in groups.
Objective 8 Present research findings in written form.
Objective 9 Present research findings in oral-visual form.

Outcome 4 Research Ethics

Students will be proficient in quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods.
Objective 10 Identify ethical issues in human subject research.
Objective 11 Resolve ethical considerations in one's own research.

Outcome 5 Sociological Argument

Students will be proficient in discipline-based communication. Objective 5: Students can write a paper that articulates a sociological thesis, provides evidence to support that thesis, and makes a critical or comparative presentation of sociological theory.
Objective 12 Develop one's own Sociological perspective.
Objective 13 Articulate one's own Sociological perspective in written form.
Objective 14 Articulate one's own Sociological perspective in oral-visual form.
Objective 15 Position one's own Sociological perspective in relation to established perspectives in the field.

Outcome 6 Written Presentation

Students will be proficient in discipline-based communication. Students can present their sociological ideas in written form.
Objective 16 Analyze and develop conclusions on new issues and material and present in written form.

Outcome 7 Visual and Oral Presentation

Students will be proficient in discipline-based communication. Students can present their sociological ideas in combined visual and oral form.
Objective 17 Analyze and develop conclusions of new issues and material in present in oral-visual format.