|Learning Outcomes||Definition||Course Outcomes|
|Identification||Accurately identifies and interprets evidence.||Based upon the overall research plan and consultation with Dr. Bussell, students design and carry out experiments to collect data. Students analyze their data, correlate results and formulate hypotheses. Students learn to use these hypotheses to guide future experimentation and analysis.|
|Alternative Consideration||Considers major alternative points of view.||Students participate in a thorough review of the scientific literature to identify articles related to our studies. Students learn to compare their hypotheses and experimental results with those of these related studies. Controlling for different experimental approaches, the merits of differing hypotheses and experimental results are weighed.|
|Accurate Conclusions||Draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions.||In consultation with Dr. Bussell, students refine their research strategy and further develop an experimental plan to resolve ambiguous findings and to clarify differences with literature reports. When we are confident of our results, students participate in the development and dissemination of our research conclusions.|
|Justification||Justifies key results and procedures, and explains assumptions and reasons.||In preparing quarterly reports, making poster and oral presentations, and contributing to the writing of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, students scrutinize their experimental methodology, data, results, hypotheses and conclusions. Feedback from Dr. Bussell and from researchers in the field provides students opportunities to explain the scientific underpinning of the research program.|
Source: Adapted from the California Academic Press's Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric (HCTSR).
Adapted from Western Washington University's Learning Outcomes for Writing II.