Information Literacy 2021- B.A. Psychology

B.A. Psychology

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?


Published where?

UH Hilo Catalog

Do PLOs include or imply a link to Core Competency? (AY 2020-2021: Information Literacy)?

Program Learning Outcomes:

PLO 2: Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and methods of psychological research; this includes defining or explaining concepts, collecting, and analyzing data, presenting data in tables, conducting a scientific literature search, preparing a scientific research proposal, conducting research under the supervision of a faculty researcher.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400-level)

PSY 461 Psychology and Cancer


Students are required to submit a 4–6-page literature review on set topics with a minimum of five peer-reviewed journal articles.  Papers must use APA citation formatting for citations and references.

Type of Student Artifact

Literature review

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy

Data (measurement of the competency)

Three readers from the department read eighteen (n = 18) theses. Inter-rater reliability was .89, indicating excellent agreement between these raters. In order from strongest to weakest skills, averages for each category are as follows: Appropriateness of Sources (3.65), Document Conventions (3.20), Evaluating Sources (2.83), and Integrating Sources (2.72).

4 papers (22%) were rated as advanced (range 3.50-3.83).

13 papers (72%) were rated as competent (range 2.58-3.42).

1 paper (6%) was rated as emerging (score of 2.42).


Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

In Fall 2021 the Psychology Department will discuss the results of this assessment to determine appropriate next steps to enhance students’ understanding of the requirements for literature review papers, APA format for citations and references, as well as their overall writing and organization of papers. An emphasis will be placed upon providing individualized feedback to students in an effort to help them strengthen areas in which they may need the most assistance while also providing them with the opportunity to continue honing their strengths.

Date of Last Program Review


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