Examples of Educational Goals

Each Educational Goal should be concise and clearly stated. Vague statements and expectations should be avoided.

Vague Educational Goals

More defined Educational Goals

By the end of this program, students will know the processes of academic research.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the research process
  • Formulate research questions design
  • Formulate theories and hypotheses 
  • Identify data collection strategies that are most appropriate to a particular research project
  • Formulate a plan for data analysis that will adequately answer the research questions
  • Interpret research findings and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Evaluate critically the quality of research by others

By the end of this program, students will have a deeper appreciation of media and communication practices in general.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the major media developments in Canada of the 20th century
  • Analyze media text
  • Evaluate media’s impact by using selected and articulated standards
  • Identify media policies in Canada
  • Evaluate media policies in Canada
  • Evaluate the relationship between technological development and media trends

Discipline-specific program level Educational Goals

By the end of their program students will be able to …

History example

… assess different types of secondary sources presenting various points of view, for example those presented in a series of scholarly articles or books on a subject, or those presented by different people within societies or across societies.

Theatre example

… characterize convincingly from plays in an ensemble relationship with other actors.

Visual Arts example

… engage with the ethical and social issues surrounding the production and dissemination of visual materials.

Criminology example

… utilize and evaluate research methods and data analysis used in criminology.

Gerontology example

… apply appropriate ethics principles concerning the use of human subjects.

Psychology example

… describe and summarize the development of psychological theories, including their origins and alterations based on evidence.

Busines and administration example

… communicate effectively in a professional environment through executive reports and presentations.

Sociology example

… demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in sociology.

Biology example

… retrieve information from databases.

Physics example

… convert a physical situation articulated in English to a mathematical formulation, and then analyze it quantitatively.

Communications example

… evaluate theoretical perspectives in communication studies.

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