B.A. Psychology – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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


Published where? (website)

Psychology Webpage 

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

YES: PO1, PO2, PO5

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

PSY 438 – Child Cognition


Students will expand their knowledge about child cognition by researching and preparing a scholarly literature review paper on a topic in child cognition. The paper must be at least 12 double-spaced typed pages (excluding cover page and list of citations)

Type of Student Artifact

Literature review paper prepared in APA format

Rubric or other instrument

  1. Instructor developed rubric
  2. Campus Written Communication rubric

Data (measurement of the competency)

Twenty-three (23) papers were read independently by 3 Psychology Dept faculty.  Inter-rater reliability was 92%. (Table 1)

Twelve papers (52%) were rated as competent (range=3.5 – 4.0) and eleven papers (48%) were rated as emerging  (range=1.5 – 2.4)

Papers showed the most strength in language/syntax (M=2.67, SD = 0.60) and the most weakness in content (M=2.42, SD = 0.53).

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

In Fall 2014 the Psychology Department will discuss the results of the written communication assessment to determine appropriate next steps to enhance students’ understanding of the content requirements in literature review papers and their writing and organizational skills in creating these types of papers.

Date of Last Program Review


Link to review: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcaa/documents/PsychologyMOUMay2010-CL-ADA.pdf