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Student Learning - Direct Assessment|Department of Sociology

Direct Assessment of Undergraduate Learning Goals

The assessment criteria are itemized in rubrics of learning outcomes and measured on a 3-point scale: 

1     Unsatisfactory
2     Satisfactory
3     Very Good

UK  Dropped from analysis and not calculated in the mean for that question.

SOCIOLOGY ASSESSMENT SCHEME: GOALS and MEASUREMENTS 

GOAL 1. Students will understand basic concepts and theoretical perspectives in sociology and how they are used in sociological explanations of social behavior. 

MEASUREMENT

 

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a. Student understands basic concepts such as culture and social structure

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b. Student understands the role of theory in building sociological knowledge. 

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c. Student understands basic theoretical  perspectives and can identify their strengths and weakness.

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d. Student can apply sociological theories to substantive topics.

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e. Student understands relationship between theory and research.

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GOAL 2. Students will understand how to collect, analyze, and interpret empirical  evidence in sociological research.

MEASUREMENT

 

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a. Student understands basic research methods for collecting data.

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b. Student can identify strengths and limitations of particular research methodologies

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c. Student can design research project.

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d. Student has quantitative/stats skills to analyze social data.

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e. Student can interpret empirical evidence in sociological research

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GOAL 3. Students will gain familiarity with and develop an understanding of core  substantive areas of sociological inquiry.

MEASUREMENT

 

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a. Student can discuss the basic issues in the substantive area/course

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b. Student can discuss the basic concepts and theoretical perspectives of area/course.

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c. Student can offer alternative viewpoints on sociological issues.

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d. Student can summarize relevant research  in the area/course

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e. Student can identify policy implications of research in the area/course.

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GOAL 4. Students can express sociological ideas clearly  and coherently both in writing and in oral presentations. 

MEASUREMENT

 

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Satis

Very Good

Unknown

a. Student can express ideas clearly and coherently in writing

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b. Student can express ideas clearly and coherently in oral presentation. 

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