Research-Based Degree Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes are statements of what graduate knows and is able to do after completing a degree. Defining learning outcomes for research-based graduate degree programs enables clear communication of expectations to students and takes the perceived subjectivity out of assessment. Learning Outcomes also provide students with a vocabulary to explain to potential employers the skills and attributes they bring.
Learning Outcomes are a necessary part of a healthy learning environment. They are also currently required to propose new programs in Alberta and are used by Advanced Education to determine program differentiation and by Campus Alberta Quality Council in program review. All University of Alberta programs are expected to have defined learning outcomes when they next undergo program review.
Research-based programs are distinct from course-based programs in that the majority of learning, development and assessment occurs outside formal coursework. It is important that programs capture these learning outcomes and communicate early to students how they are developed through the research experience and assessed. The list below provides a set of tools to support research-based programs in defining and articulating their learning outcomes.
- Background Information
- Support Tools for Programs
- How to Develop Research-Based Program Learning Outcomes Guide - coming soon
- PhD Programs
- Master's Program
- Template (Word Document) - working document for programs to populate that includes Alberta Credential Framework
- Medical Microbiology and Immunology (PDF) - coming soon