Student Learning Outcomes for Graduate Students
In 2008, the Department of Biological Sciences approved the following student learning outcomes for its graduate program. The objectives are organized into three categories: attitudes, skills, and knowledge. The Department has a standing Assessment Committee which implements an ongoing assessment of the Department's activties in each of these areas.
At the completion of the Masters of Science degree in Biology a graduate student will have acquired:
- The analytical, communication, problem solving, interpersonal, and technical skills that will provide a strong foundation for scientific productivity and progressive career development.
- An in-depth understanding of biological concepts that apply to the student's area of concentration.
- Experience with the peer scientific review process.
The following are specific objectives in the areas of attitudes, skills, and knowledge.
|1.||The student will acquire the following attitudes:|
|1.1||Scientific research plays a crucial role in the development of policy and decision-making for the benefit of society.|
|1.2||Scientific progress should be based on the unbiased collection, analysis, and interpretation of evidence.|
|1.3||The biological sciences, by their nature, are interdisciplinary.|
|1.4||Understanding science is a life-long learning process.|
|1.5||Scientific ethical conduct and ethical implications of scientific issues in society are important.
|2.||Upon completion of the Master of Science degree, the student will be able to demonstrate that he/she is skilled at:|
|2.1||Developing a coherent research prospectus;|
|2.2||Carrying out a research project which includes mastery of appropriate techniques and the collection, organization and analysis of data;|
|2.3||Synthesizing the results of their work in a master's thesis;|
|2.4||Understanding and critically evaluating the scientific work of others and discussing new results in the context of what is already known and what should still be done;|
|2.5||Communicating his/her work, as well as that of others, in a seminar and thesis defense;|
|2.5||Developing teaching skills.
|3.||Upon completion of the Master of Science degree, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge in:|
|3.1||Scientific concepts, recent developments, and areas for future research efforts in his or her chosen field;|
|3.2||Traditional, modern, and emerging techniques and approaches used to conduct research in his or her chosen field of research;|
|3.3||Practical applications of his or her research field and potential career opportunities.|