Listed below are four Examples of writing "face-to-face objectives met online" submitted to and approved by the curriculum committee for offering a course online / hybrid.
Written by Rebecca Stein
Objective 1: Apply the scientific method to problem solving situations and formulate procedural steps necessary for a scientific investigation.
Online students will be required to complete an assignment where they conduct a simple scientific investigation of their own design that is required to include hypothesis formulation, identification of variables, observation and analysis. Student success in both properly formulating and carrying out the research will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 2: Describe the process of evolution and speciation by employing the concepts upon which modern evolutionary theory is based and recognize examples of each.
Online students will write essays that require them to describe evolution by natural selection and other means and to identify various means and processes involved in speciation. Quality of demonstrated understanding of these processes will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 3: Describe, apply and distinguish the basic concepts of Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics.
Online students will demonstrate understanding of basic genetic concepts through the working of Mendelian genetics problems (including punnet squares and pedigree analysis) and population genetics (Hardy-Weinberg) problems. In written essays, students will describe basic cell structure, DNA structure, DNA replication and protein synthesis. Quality of demonstrated understanding of these concepts will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 4: Compare and contrast the anatomy and behavior of humans and other living primates.
Online students will examine pictures and descriptions of the skeletal structures of various primates and use this as a basis to write a comparative analysis. Students will also observe primate behavior (either through a trip to the zoo or renting an approved video) and write a comparative analysis of primate behavior. Quality of demonstrated understanding of both similarities and differences among primates will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 5: Categorize the important hominin fossils and construct a diagram illustrating the evolutionary history of the hominins.
Online students will examine pictures and descriptions of hominin fossils for the anatomical features that characterize various hominin species. They will write essays that describe the major groupings of hominin fossils and their evolutionary relationships. Quality of demonstration of knowledge of the hominin fossil record will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 6: Construct a probable scenario of early hominin behavior and describe the changes in hominin behavior that occur in the Homo genus.
Online students will write essays on the key trends in hominin behavior, including the importance of tool use and meat eating in the genus Homo. Quality of demonstration of knowledge about hominin behavior will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 7: Describe the physical differences observed among all human populations and determine the significance and distribution of these differences.
Online students will complete activities that involve the analysis of maps of clinal distributions as well as comparing folk taxonomies of human variation with the scientific data. Quality of demonstration of knowledge of both the distribution and significance of human variation will be evaluated by the instructor.
Speech 104 Critical Thinking
Written by Jim Marteney
Objective 1: To evaluate the decision making process and an individual’s specific style of decision making.
Online students will participate in an online simulation which allows them to determine their particular decision making style and they they will describe the different styles of decision making and write about the strengths and weaknesses of their particular style and how that would apply to a variety of personal decisions. The significance of the student insights will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 2: To make better judgments and decisions using critical thinking skills.
Online students will examine a series of arguments using the Toulmin model to analyze the parts of an argument. Feedback from the online program will improve the students ability to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of an argument. Students will then be asked to make suggestions on how to attack the argument. The effectiveness of the student approach will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 3: To recognize differences between rational and irrational thinking.
Online students will demonstrate their ability to distinguish the difference between a logically consistent argument and one that is irrational by having them examine both types of arguments, decide which is rational, which is not, post their answers in the discussion page and have other students respond. Student effectiveness and clarity will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 4: To explore the psychological reasons we act the way we do.
Online students will be asked to search the web, find quality information and participate in creating an indepth class wikipedia which explains the different psychological explanations of people’s actions. The quality of research will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 5: To develop the skills of argumentation including developing, supporting, attacking, and defending from both the sender and receiver point of view.
Online students will be divided into virtual teams to argue a court case. Online a trial incident including facts, witnesses and opinions will be presented for each team to develop a case. The case will be argued in the discussion section allowing other student teams to respond. Student effectiveness and understanding of the principles involved will be evaluated by the instructor.
Speech 151 Small Group Communication
Written by Jim Marteney
Objective 1 To distinguish between different group types and their influence on an individual.
Online students will read a variety of articles explaining the use of groups in fulfilling personal and professional needs. They will then take interactive surveys on which groups fulfill their personal and professional needs. Students will then report by writing assignments and participating in online discussions focusing on how the desire to maintain group membership influences their lives. The significance of the student insights will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 2: To recognize and apply the skills necessary to make an individual an effective group member.
Online students will participate in a variety of virtual teams focusing on individual and group skills while solving a variety of tasks. They will then examine and report on the process and result of these meetings to understand the skills necessary in becoming an effective group member. The effectiveness of the student approach will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 3: To discern the difference between efficient and inefficient groups.
Online students will demonstrate their ability to distinguish the difference between efficient and inefficient groups by evaluating their virtual team interaction. They will report on the results and process they used to achieve those results. In addition students will examine and report on online resources describing unsuccessful groups such as those which decided to launch the space shuttle Challenger. Student effectiveness and clarity will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 4: To identify the variety of role options in a group situation, and to identify the influence each of these roles has on the group process.
Online students will participate in an activity that identifies their primary and secondary communication and workstyle roles. Using a variety of web resources, students will explore what group conduct these roles suggest. The students will then report by writing assignments and participating in online discussions on their findings and how these roles affect their virtual team participation. The quality of research will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 5: To recognize different leadership approaches in a group environment and deduce the most appropriate one to use in a given group situation.
Online students will first evaluate themselves and others concerning their contributions to the leadership of their virtual groups. Students will then be asked to search the web for leadership theories, find quality information and report the findings. One example would be to participate in creating an in depth class wikipedia which explains and describes the different leadership theories. Online Student effectiveness and understanding of the principles involved will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 6: To distinguish between various creative problem solving techniques and apply them to group assignments.
Online students will first examine a variety of virtual team creative problem solving techniques. The students will then participate in virtual groups using these problem solving strategies to develop solutions to different challenges. By using discussions and assignments, they will then report on the results and process of their group experiences. The quality of their personal analysis will be evaluated by the instructor.
Psychology 1 General Psychology
Written by Cherine Trombley
Objective 1 Recognize and be able to distinguish between the various approaches to viewing human behavior: the psychodynamic, behavioristic, humanistic, biopsychological, and cognitive viewpoints.
Online students will demonstrate understanding of the approaches by participating in discussions and completing detailed assignments that require students to compare the approaches, discuss the pros and cons, and provide examples of realistic situations that would use each approach. The responses will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 2 Demonstrate an understanding of Psychology's brief history.
Using web resources, online students will investigate and demonstrate an understanding of the famous historians and their contributions to the field of psychology. Through discussions and assignments, online students will demonstrate their understanding by sharing with other students their findings. The instructor will evaluate the online students understanding of the historic relevance.
Objective 3 Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and how experimentation differs from correlational studies. Discuss how psychologists use this scientific approach as they carry out their research.
Online students will be required to complete an assignment where they must differentiate and be able to identify each research method through the use of examples. Quality of demonstration of knowledge of the research methods will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 4 Distinguish between popular notions about what psychology is, and the definition and explanations given in the book. Recognize many of the common misconceptions that people have about psychology. Give examples in their daily lives.
Online students will use their required text book to read over the contents of this section and will be required to complete an assignment linking real life situations with various aspects of psychology. Online students will also participate in discussions about the myths and reality of psychology and how the media and others contribute to popular notions. The quality of demonstration of knowledge, reasoning skills, and the ability to think critically will be evaluated by the instructor.
Objective 5 Demonstrate a basic knowledge of these content areas by answering exam questions designed to measure factual information, critical thinking and analysis, conceptual understanding, and the practical application of these areas in their lives. Content areas: the brain and nervous system, maturation and human development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, conditioning and learning, memory, thinking and intelligence, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behavior.
Using web and library resources, online students will write an analysis paper on one of the content areas. Online students will demonstrate their knowledge by answering short answer and multiple choice questions about each of these areas throughout the semester. Online students will demonstrate their understanding of each area of psychology by participating in online discussions. Online students will complete assignments that demonstrate their ability to link concepts and factual information to real life examples and application. The quality of research and understanding of principles will be evaluated by the instructor.