Examples of Student Learning Outcomes

Examples of Good SLOs (specific, measurable student actions) 
and Poor SLOs (vague, not directly observable or measurable):

  • Art:
    • Good:
    • Students will be able to articulate the role art plays in society using a written critique of an art work.
    • Students will be able to identify the formal elements and principles of art, which apply to the creation, and discussion of an artwork.
    • Students will identify the connection of historical or current events, which contextualize the making of an artwork.
    • Poor:
    • Students will appreciate art.
    • Students will learn how to discuss a work of art.
    • Students will be familiar with culture and the relationship of art making.
  • Biology:
    • Good:
    • Students will be able to list enzymes involved in DNA replication and explain their roles.
    • Students will apply principles of scientific inquiry, differentiate a theory from a hypothesis, and differentiate fact from opinion in regard to biological sciences. (Laney College)
    • Poor:
    • Students will understand the process of DNA replication.
    • Students will know the scientific process.
  • Engineering:
    • Good:
    • Graduates will be able to apply and demonstrate the principles of engineering design, formulating requirements and constraints, following an open-ended decision process involving tradeoffs, and completing a design addressing an aerospace engineering need.(Southern Polytechnic St. U.)
    • Poor:
    • Students completing the undergraduate program in Hypothetical Engineering will have knowledge of engineering principles. (Southern Polytechnic St. U.)
  • English:
    • Good:
    • Learners will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. (Univ. of Toledo)
    • Poor:
    • Students will learn how to effectively communicate in both oral and written forms. (Univ. of Toledo)
  • Geosciences:
    • Good:
    • Students will interpret unfamiliar tectonic settings based on information on physiography, seismicity, and volcanic activity.(from Barbara Tewksbury’s Designing Effective and Innovative Courses Tutorial.)
    • Poor:
    • Students will understand plate tectonics. (from Barbara Tewksbury’s Designing Effective and Innovative Courses Tutorial.)
  • Historic Preservation:
    • Good:
    • Students will be able to articulate how historic preservation is integrated into land use and comprehensive planning (San Jose State University).
    • Poor:
    • Students will appreciate the role of historic preservation in planning.
  • History:
    • Good:
    • Students should be able to give examples of, describe, and explain significant trends, movements, and events in European history.
    • Students will be able to compare and contrast historical perspectives of our world and describe the contributions of these historical perspectives. (Univ. of Toledo)
    • Poor:
    • Students should be able to understand significant trends, movements, and events in European history.
    • This course will provide learners with an overview of historical perspectives of our world and help them develop an appreciation for the contribution of these various perspectives. (Univ. of Toledo)
  • Psychology:
    • Good:
    • Students should be able to recognize and articulate the foundational assumptions, central ideas, and dominant criticisms of the psychoanalytic, Gestalt, behaviorist, humanistic, and cognitive approaches to psychology. (UCF)
    • Poor:
    • Students should know the historically important systems of psychology. (UCF)

Discipline Specific Examples:

In the table below are examples from other campuses of SLOs for specific departments and disciplines.  Many more can easily be found through Google.  Search for student learning outcomes and a discipline, e.g. "Student Learning Outcomes Botany".  

Department

Source

Format

Accounting
 
 

San Diego State
Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College

URL
URL
URL

Agriculture

Cal Poly Pomona - Ag Business

URL

Art
 

Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College

URL
URL

Biology
 
 
 
 
 
 

Laney College
Bellevue College - Biology
Bellevue College - Botany
Bellevue College - Environmental Science
Grays Harbor College - Cell Biology
Grays Harbor College - Microbiology
MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Chemistry
 
 
 
 

Truman College
Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College - Chemistry 121
Grays Harbor College - Chemistry 162
MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Communication Studies
 
 

Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College
MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative

URL
URL
URL

Computer Science
 
 

Brandeis
Bellevue College - Computer Science
Bellevue College - Programming

URL
URL
URL

Criminal Justice
 
 

Ventura College
Bellevue College - Criminal Justice
Bellevue College - Sociology

URL
URL
URL

Economics & Finance
 
 
 

Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College
Georgia State
San Diego State

URL
URL
URL
URL

Elementary, Early & Special Education
 

Bellevue College - Early Education
Bellevue College - Education

URL
URL

English
 
 
 
 
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative
Berkeley City College
Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College - Developmental
Grays Harbor College - Composition
Grays Harbor College - Research Writing
Grays Harbor College - Literature

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Global Cultures & Languages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - 1st Semester
MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - 2nd Semester
San Mateo Community College - Spanish
Bellevue College - Chinese
Bellevue College - French
Bellevue College - German
Bellevue College - Japanese
Bellevue College - Spanish
Bellevue College - Anthropology
Ventura College - French
Grays Harbor College - Spanish

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Health, Human Performance and Recreation
 
 

Bellevue College - Health
Bellevue College - Recreation
Bellevue College - Physical Education

URL
URL
URL

History
 
 
 

San Jose State - Historic Preservation
L.A. Harbor College
Saddleback College
Bellevue College

URL
URL
URL
URL

Human Environmental Studies
 

Bellevue College - Nutrition
Bellevue College - Interior Design

URL
URL

Industrial & Engineering Technology
 

Bellevue College - Engineering
Grays Harbor College

URL
URL

Management & Marketing
 
 

San Diego State - Marketing
Bellevue College - Management
Bellevue College - Marketing

URL
URL
URL

Mass Media

Bellevue College - Digital Media

URL

Math
 
 
 
 
 
 
&nb 

MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Algebra
MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Trigonometry
Ventura College
Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College - Calculus
Grays Harbor College - Math 111
Grays Harbor College - Math 141
Grays Harbor College - Developmental

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Middle & Secondary Education

Bellevue College

URL

Music
 
 

Clark College
Bellevue College
Grays Harbor College

URL
URL
URL

Nursing

Bellevue College

URL

Physics & Engineering Physics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Astronomy
MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Geology
MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Physics
Bellevue College - Astronomy
Bellevue College - Engineering
Bellevue College - Geology
Bellevue College - Physics
Grays Harbor College
UNC Wilmington
Wentworth IT

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
 
 
 
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Philosophy
MDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative - Political Science
Bellevue College - Philosophy
BelBellevue College - Political Science
Grays Harbor College - Political Science
College of San Mateo - Philosophy
L.A. Harbor College - Political Science

URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL
URL

Psychology
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative
Bellevue College
Mt. San Antonio College

URL
URL
URL

Theater & Dance
 
 
 

MDHMDHE - Curriculum Alignment Initiative
Santa Monica College
Bellevue College - Dance
Bellevue College - Drama

URL
URL
URL
URL

References:

Southeast Missouri State University. (2012). Student Learning Outcomes. Retrieved from http://cstl.semo.edu/SLO/SLOWriting.htm