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Example 1:
 

Weak: 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of Hypothetical Program.
  This is a weak statement because it does not specify what knowledge the program completers are expected to know nor does it define what is meant by “demonstrate” knowledge.

 Better:

Students will know the principles and relevant technical skills of the Hypothetical Program.
  This statement is better because it lists the specific areas in the Hypothetical Program that a student should know. However, it is still vague, as to the level of competency. Are they expected to understand concepts and how will they apply them?

 Best:

Students will be able to explain and make use of the principles and relevant technical skills to solve Hypothetical Program workplace needs.
  This is a much better learning outcome statement for two reasons. First, the specific requirements are listed and second the level of competency is also stated. A student must explain and make use of the principles and relevant technical skills to solve a workplace need scenario.

Example 2:

Weak: 

Students will successfully perform laboratory procedures.
  This statement is very vague and provides no indication of what “successful” means. It does not specify what type or quality of skills is expected from the student.

 Better:

Students will understand the safety requirements of successful laboratory procedures.
  Although the specific knowledge expected of the student is stated, safety requirements, there is no indication how this knowledge is to be demonstrated.

 Best:

Students will identify and apply the safety requirements associated with successful laboratory procedures.
  What is expected of the student in this program learning outcome is clearly defined.  The identification and application of safety requirements in successful laboratory procedures are succinctly articulated in the outcome statement.