PhD Gerontology Student Learning Outcomes & Competencies
Students in the doctoral program in Gerontology will demonstrate the following learning outcomes during the course of their study.
PhD GRN Progrm Overall Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
A comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of the history and interdisciplinary philosophy of gerontology (SLO 1)
Students will demonstrate familiarity with:
- major concepts and theories from the traditional fields of aging research within such areas as anthropology, biology, geography, psychology, and sociology; and
- historic and contemporary development of gerontology’s holistic and interdisciplinary philosophy.
Knowledge of and critical expertise in at least three distinct thematic areas within gerontology that link to the student’s more specific area of research (SLO 2)
Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of three specific thematic areas and be able to link these thematic areas to focused expertise on a distinct research topic.
Expertise in theory and research design (SLO 3)
Students will demonstrate expertise as original researchers, through:
- The ability to formulate a theoretically sound and evidence based research problem and research questions;
- The ability to design and carry out an appropriate and effective literature review and undertake original field or laboratory work for addressing the research problem and research questions;
- The ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method techniques appropriate to the student’s particular research design and data.
A knowledge and appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and applications of different methodologies and their associated measurement techniques (SLO 4)
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method techniques used in gerontology research;
- Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively and judiciously apply appropriate techniques in the context of independent and original research.
Competence in thinking critically, and in ways that are holistic and integrative (SLO 5)
Students will demonstrate ability to assess immediate and potential value of extant knowledge, and to formulate strategies for synthesizing knowledge and understanding drawn from disciplinarily disparate but thematically relevant literatures.
Competence in written and oral communication (SLO 6)
Students will demonstrate effective skills at presenting and defending their ideas and their research in both spoken and written formats.
Excelling in a professional academic setting (SLO 7)
Students will demonstrate the ability to excel in a professional academic setting, as appropriate for their chosen career, including:
- Expertise in teaching practices;
- The ability to write high quality research grants and contract proposals;
- The ability to present in a clear and effective manner at professional conferences.