Program Objectives and Student Outcome Criteria
The Program Objectives address the three broad areas of 1) values, 2) knowledge acquisition, synthesis and application, and 3) skill acquisition, competence, and application as applied specifically to the gerontology discipline. These objectives reflect the expectation that students continuously examine and explore their beliefs and values as they progress along their learning continuum. These objectives also delineate that knowledge be derived from multiple sources, both academic and experiential. Program Objectives addressing values and knowledge give rise to objectives for skill application.
Skill competence is conceptualized as both general to learning and living in today's world, and specific to interdisciplinary Gerontological practice. These skill competencies embrace five primary areas of transferable skills. These include 1) critical thinking (logic and problem solving), 2) effective written and oral interpersonal communication, 3) creative thinking, 4) moral/ethical reasoning, and 5) information literacy. Gerontology students are expected to progressively apply and build on these learned general skills in their coursework as well as in their interactions with and management of individuals in their field practice in gerontology.
Students are expected to achieve the followingSacramento State Baccalaureate Learning Goal-based Program Objectives by building on their prior academic and experiential knowledge while completing their course of study in the Gerontology Major. It is anticipated that most of the interdisciplinary courses will provide unique opportunities for students to learn and practice general and specific skills leading to achievement of the Program Objectives, however, not all courses will address each of the Outcome Criteria. The final measurement of Outcome Criteria will be done at the completion of the Program through the identified measurements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the gerontology program of study the student will:
- demonstrate understanding of fundamental interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge, skills, values, and current trends as a basis for competent gerontological practice (1, 2, 5).
- demonstrate critical thinking when analyzing diverse and complex aging issues and outcomes for elders, families, and society from an interdisciplinary perspectice that is grounded in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities (1, 2, 3, 5).
- synthesize and apply learned interdisciplinary theories and research in applied settings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
- demonstrate social and cultural awareness, sensitivity, respect, and support of multiple perspectives when interacting with others (2, 3, 4, 5).
- exhibit personal and social responsibility and ethical and professional behavior in all settings (4, 5).
- exhibit effective use of basic communication (written, oral and interpersonal) skills and information technology needed in a global information society (3, 4).
Note: numbers relate to the five (5) Sacramento State Baccalaureate Learning Goals (2009).