For programs with emphases: emphasis-specific outcomes
If a degree program has emphases, the outcomes capture the learning associated with both the common and unique curricular requirements of the degree.
NAU programs have developed two approaches to address emphasis outcomes. The more common approach is to identify a set of “core” outcomes that all majors complete. These outcomes are aligned with the common course requirements of the program.
For example in Creative Media & Film, all student complete the following outcomes:
Students will apply critical and professional standards to the creation and critique of creative media and film through:
- Applying professional standards to the creation of stories through basic techniques of screenwriting and filmmaking;
- Analyzing, writing, critiquing, and discussing the cultural, historical, and theoretical forces shaping regional, national, and international media, including works of creative media, client work, documentaries, and film; and
- Developing and revising their work based on faculty and peer critiques and audience responses, culminating in final projects that may include fiction, documentary, or client-based films.
Then, each emphasis area has a set of learning outcomes specific to the emphasis. Learning outcomes for two emphases follow:
Students will apply critical and professional standards to the creation and critique of the documentary by:
- Refine their skills in shooting, sound recording, editing, and sound design in a variety of projects;
- Research, plan, produce, budget, finance, shoot, edit, and promote documentary projects;
- Apply skills of reporting—interviewing, gathering information, researching people and ideas for potential documentary stories;
- Read, write, and discuss the traditions and history of a variety of documentary stories; and
- Integrate other areas of knowledge, such as from anthropology, women and gender studies, history, and humanities, in order to research potential documentary story topics.
Students will apply critical and professional standards to the analysis of film and media by:
- Surveying a variety of regional, national, and international media forms;
- Acquiring and applying media literacy skills while analyzing a variety of film and other media projects;
- Examining the various forms of media creation, circulation, and consumption both locally and global;
- Investigating media consumption through an increased understanding of regional, national, and global media practice;
- Interpreting their own production, circulation and consumption of media both as a reflection of their own culture and in conversation with media users in other cultures; and
- Engaging in meaningful and productive discussion, debate, and open intellectual exchange with others about regional, national, and global media practice.
The second approach is used by Global Languages & Cultures, wherein the learning outcomes for language remain same across languages, what changes is the language that is learned: