Graduate Programs Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for all Graduate College of Professional Studies Programs



Applied Nutrition

  1. Civic Knowledge
    Work with a mentor in the field of nutrition to develop or work with an existing nutrition program to prepare students for a role as a nutrition educator.

  2. Applied Knowledge
    Analyze and apply current research into practice and use these nutrition principles in the treatment and prevention of diseases.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Evaluate varying techniques and methods used in nutritional research.

  4. Specialized Knowledge
    Investigate and evaluate theories to facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors.

  5. Specialized Knowledge
    Assess the complex factors that influence nutritional choices.

  6. Broad Integrative Knowledge
    Articulate the significance of applied nutrition concepts and practices in terms of the challenges and current trends in the field of nutrition.


Commerce and Economic Development

  1. Knowledge of economic principles comprising commerce and economic development
    Economics compose the building blocks of the program (math and statistics, econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics) and students will be able to demonstrate understanding of optimizing individuals, strategic interactions and market operations and evaluate issues framing business strategy and government policies.

  2. Knowledge of economic theories of private and public decision-making and interactions
    Students will have the opportunity to engage in the comprehensive study of Information, Institutions and Innovation and apply economic theories to business and public policy issues; theories include economic growth, technological and structural changes, industrialization, factor proportions and prices, trade, population, and income distribution.

  3. Research, modeling and analysis skills
    Students will be able to select and apply econometric and related analytical techniques and interpret results. Students will have the opportunity to develop and reinforce mathematics tools and basic probability, descriptive statistics, estimation techniques, statistical hypotheses, sampling, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression analysis.

  4. Critical thinking skills
    Built upon a structured approach to social science inquiry, students will be able to frame questions of importance and with acquired economic knowledge and analytical skills, assemble evidence, apply relevant criteria and draw meaningful conclusions.

  5. Communications skills
    Students will be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner. Based on instruction and rigorous exercises, students writing should be compelling and consistent with that of mid-level consultants or staff analysts.


Corporate and Organizational Communication

  1. Conduct audience assessments of both internal and external stakeholders that reflect communication preferences.

  2. Demonstrate an acceptable level of writing proficiency in order to craft compelling strategic and tactical messages and strengthen personal communication skills.

  3. Demonstrate the value of effective communication and establish credibility with organizational leaders by designing and implementing communication programs that have a positive impact on organizational performance and are based on the highest ethical standards.

  4. Analyze and diagnose communication strengths and weaknesses in a wide range of organizational contexts using the case method.

  5. Measure the linkages between effective communication practices and the achievement of organizational objectives, including employee engagement and customer loyalty.

  6. Develop, implement, and evaluate communication plans to support organizational initiatives in a variety of situations (e.g., crisis communication, organizational change process, intercultural communication, etc.).


Digital Media

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Design and produce interactive websites and application prototypes incorporating a variety of media, and based on established HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) principles.

  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Smoothly incorporate a variety of media elements —motion, time, sound and experience— into a variety of interactive projects

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Analyze problems and challenges, conduct background research across a range of business, cultural and demographic resources, select and integrate a range of technologies and visual, design and programming ideas to provide creative and timely solutions.

  4. Applied Learning
    Apply narrative principles to the writing, designing and development of engaging interactive spaces, such as interactive video, web and social media sites, mobile applications and games.

  5. Civic Learning
    Work collaboratively in creative teams across a wide variety of demographics and cultures to brainstorm, develop, produce and manage rich-media interactive deliverables.


Geographic Information Technology

  1. Civic Learning
    Display mastery of Geographic Information Technology principles, practices, and a solid knowledge of functions and essential skills required for human and organizational issues.

  2. Critical and Creative Thinking
    Demonstrate a fluency in the use of Geographic Information Technology through lab assignments and projects, with respect to data preparation and analysis, feature extraction and pattern recognition for use in planning, project management, strategy, and decision making with high-end interactive maps.

  3. Applied Learning and Experiential Knowledge
    Successfully apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program in internships/directed studies, in order to become familiar with professional job responsibilities and have a better standing regarding job placement and promotion in the geospatial industry.

  4. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Effectively exhibit graduate-level quality and hands-on experience working across multiple software environments, including commercial and open-source products, such as ESRI, ENVI, PCI Geomatica, GeoIntelligence, and project management software.

  5. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate foundational skills in project management, remote sensing, system implementation and database development, and specialized knowledge in one of the following areas: GeoSpatial Intelligence and crime mapping; ESRI customization and mapping; global change; and management and business.

Global Studies

  1. Broad and Integrative Knowledge and Specialized Knowledge 
    Develop core competencies in international, political, economic, security, and diplomatic areas.

  2. Intellectual Skills
    Refine intellectual skills in research, analysis, and synthesis though courses that require students to gather complex data from a variety of sources, assess its importance and reliability, and draw reasoned conclusions.

  3. Applied Learning
    Hone oral and written communication skills though courses which encourage applied learning through organization and presentation of date in concise, understandable recommendations for busy policy makers, CEOs, and nonprofit leaders, using technology and communications techniques to convey sensitive information in real time.

  4. Civic Learning
    Exhibit cultural adaptability (civic learning on a global scale) by performing all of the above in international, cross-cultural settings alongside persons of other cultures, political beliefs, and economic circumstances. 



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