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Student Learning Outcomes: Skills Dimension


GOAL:  MHS graduates will demonstrate master’s level skills in professional writing, direct service provision, and program planning/management/evaluation.


I.  Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate foundation-level academic writing skills by writing clearly organized, grammatical, short academic essays  following APA style guidelines for abstracts, citations and reference lists.

II. Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate at least 10 attending skills.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the “helping” relationship process (beginning, middle, ending) by describing it accurately in a written analysis of a personal helping project.

  • Formulate goals and objectives relevant to program conceptualization/identification.

  • Demonstrate the qualities of an effective helper in order to order to understand the client’s worldview.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of various theoretical frameworks related to the individual helping relationship.

III. Students will be able to

  • use social research concepts and terminology in class discussions and written papers.

  • demonstrate knowledge of four different needs assessment data collection methods.

  • demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues in social science research

  • apply two needs assessment data collection methods.

  • demonstrate knowledge of the different sampling procedures.

  • use basic concepts in questionnaire construction to design an instrument appropriate for needs assessment research.

  • write a proposal for a needs assessment which will include a problem statement, research questions, and methodology.

IVStudents will be able to

  • manage raw data and conduct data analysis in statistical software package

  • identify the steps and components involved in conducting and reporting a needs assessment.

  • write a needs assessment report which involves analyzing, presenting and interpreting data, and making recommendations based on the findings.

  • formulate an action plan for project development and management with the following components

  • program goals

  • program objectives

  • planning tools, including a logic model

  • program description

  • program resources and budget

  • program time frame

  • program monitoring and evaluation measures.

  • implement a social project pilot.

  • develop and employ measures for project monitoring and evaluation.

  •  demonstrate with proficiency writing skills and the APA format.

V. Students will be able to

  •  describe evaluation methodology based on basic evaluation research theory.

  • collect quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the change project.

  • analyze, interpret and present the evaluation data collected.

  • describe the components of a funding proposal.

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