Competencies: skills or abilities psychology majors should develop
Area I: Critical Thinking
Area II: Acquiring and Analyzing Data and Other Information
5. Basic computer literacy.
6. Using software to create and analyze data sets.
Area III: Values and Ethics
7. Understanding the foundations.
8. Using psychological tests.
9. Implementing psychological interventions.
10. Conducting ethical research with human participants.
Area IV: Communication Skills
11. Writing clearly.
12. Adhering to APA publication guidelines.
13. Making oral presentations.
Area V: Personal Development
14. Summarizing growth related to education.
15. Summarizing career-related goals.
In addition to the competencies, the SVSU psychology program also develops our majors’ general knowledge in a number of areas. During the 2011-2012 AY, members of the department worked together to identify a list of 18 knowledge domains specifically targeted by our program. In this context, a knowledge domain refers to the interrelated set of facts, definitions, and concepts that are fundamental to a specific sub-area of psychology (such as “motivation” or “personality”) (See Appendix B of the Psychology Department’s Academic Program Assessment and Departmental Planning Report for the 2011-2012 AY for a description of the development process). The final list of knowledge domains identified by our department is as follows:
Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: American Psychological Association in the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (2007)