Course Specific Research Support for PSY 215: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements, for developmentally-appropriate and discipline-specific research skills, to matching library instruction and information literacy support outcomes

Human Development course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  1. Individual or in-group class presentations pertaining to the applications of concepts, theories or issues in human development.
  2. Design and complete a research project that can take the form of a developmental interview, an observation or assessment through service learning.
  3. Research and write about relevant topics.

Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:

  • Differentiate sources based on the publication cycle, alternative forms of publication, audience, purpose
  • Understand the process of scholarly peer-review
  • Use various terms to search for concepts (synonyms, jargon, encompassing concepts)
  • Understand the differences between perspective v. point of view

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for PSY 215

1. Articulate the scholarly conversations on topics related to human development

2. Analyze the arguments presented in scholarly sources

3. Select sources based on validity and relevance

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Scan the journal and conference literature in human development for recent findings

2. Locate and compare studies on similar research questions using library databases and scholarly online sources

3. Evaluate sources for discipline-specific indicators of authority, affiliation, and validity

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage


Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.



Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.


Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.




Academic or Career/
Technical Related

4. I evaluate the sources I have found for relevancy to my field, and I know who some of the experts are.

PSY 239
Inquiry and Exploration for

5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.

PSY 215
Discipline- or Area
of Study Specific

6. I can support my position on an issue with evidence. I can accurately summarize the scholarly or professional conversation.


Librarian Liaison to the Psychology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Meredith Farkas,  Librarian at the Sylvania campus

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger