University of Southern Indiana

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Objective 1: Developing competency with the cost-benefit approach to decision-making

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explaining various microeconomic and macroeconomic phenomena (e.g., price movements in markets for specific products, interest-rate setting by the Federal Reserve)

Measurement Tools:

  • ETS Business Major Field Test
  • ETS Economics Major Field Test
  • Test of Understanding of College Economics (TUCE)
  • Class assignments

Course Coverage:

  • ECON 208, ECON 209, ECON 308, ECON 309
  • Across all Economics courses except ECON 175

Program Objective 2: Developing competency in transferring acquired knowledge and skills to unfamiliar contexts

Learning Outcomes:

  • Conducting independent research on economic issues

Measurement Tools:

  • Research papers

Course Coverage:

  • ECON 499: Senior Seminar in Economics

Program Objective 3: Experience with a statistical software package

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify patterns and associations in data

Measurement Tools:

  • Class assignments/Research papers

Course Coverage:

  • ECON 265, ECON 499, Some sections of ECON 208 and upper level economics courses

Program Objective 4: Analytical problem solving

Learning Outcomes:

  • use relevant concepts and information to address problems
  • perform relevant mathematical operations
  • appropriately interpret results from the operations

Measurement Tools:

  • ETS Economics Major Field Test
  • Test of Understanding of College Economics (TUCE)
  • Class assignments

Course Coverage:

  • ECON 208, 209, 308, 309, 433

Program Objective 5: Written communication

Learning Outcomes:

  • use clear statement of purpose
  • use clear organization and logic
  • use clear, accurate, and relevant information and concepts
  • use standard English and appropriate vocabulary
  • use clear and effective summary, conclusion, and/or recommendation and closing statement

Measurement Tools:

  • Class assignments
  • Research papers

Course Coverage:

  • ECON 361
  • ECON 499: Senior Seminar in Economics

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