Program-Level Learning Outcomes

Program Alphabetical Index:
A, B-C, D-F, G-H, I-L, M-P, R-T, V-W
Instructional Program
Program-Level Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
  • Record accounting transactions and prepare financial statements in accordance with GAAP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the adjustment process and the accounting cycle.
  • Become familiar with financial and managerial accounting terminology.
  • Prepare financial and managerial report analysis for making decisions.
  • Understand the duties and functions of the financial and managerial accountants.
  • Understand and apply concepts and principles of individual U.S. income tax law.
  • Record accounting transactions using a software package.
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Administration of Justice
  • The student will demonstrate skills and knowledge that allow them to successfully complete academic work at a transfer institution.
  • The student will communicate effectively in their verbal and written presentations, using vocabulary, grammar, and technical skills appropriate for an administration of justice profession.
  • The student will demonstrate a knowledge of the criminal law and criminal procedure appropriate for an administration of justice major.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the work ethic expectations of administration of justice professions.
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Anthropology & Geography
  • Understand the major theories, methods, and implications of anthropological research.
  • Apply anthropological perspectives to everyday life.
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  • Critically analyze and assess diverse historical and contemporary works of art, architecture, and design.
  • Create art that engages and builds on historical and contemporary practices, theories, and materials.
  • Translate concepts and visual experience into images or tactile forms.
  • Present finished artwork for peer, professional or academic review.
  • Express artistic concepts and intents in written and oral formats.
  • Safely handle and maintain materials, studio facilities, and equipment.
  • Evaluate and critique artwork and receive criticism from others.
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Associate Degree of Nursing
  • Use the nursing process in various settings to assist client's and groups to promote, maintain, and restore health
  • Integrate ethical and legal guidelines from the Nurse Practice Act, ANA Code of Ethics and Nurse Practice Standards
  • Collaborate with client's, families, groups, and health care team using therapeutic communication
  • Evaluate theory and evidence-based knowledge for decision making to guide nursing practice
  • Integrate leadership and management principles in the nursing care of client's or groups with alterations in health
  • Demonstrate consistent commitment to professional and self-development
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  • Apply the scientific method to evaluate and communicate biological information
  • Relate biological structure to function at different levels of biological organization.
  • Summarize the flow of energy, organic molecules, and water in biological systems.
  • Describe the processes of cell division and mechanisms of inheritance at the cellular and molecular levels.
  • Articulate the theory of biological evolution and present scientific evidence that supports evolutionary theory.
  • Evaluate ecological interactions between organisms and their environments.
  • Use quantitative methods to analyze biological phenomena.
  • Utilize biological knowledge to enhance human health and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of biological diversity and classification of organisms
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    Business Administration
    • Apply current business computer applications
    • Interact professionally through oral and written communications
    • Analyze and solve business problems using a variety of methods
    • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
    • Apply knowledge of accounting principles
    • Apply knowledge of management techniques and business theory
    • Apply knowledge of economic principles to business and personal problems
    • Develop career plan electives
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    • Describe chemical and physical processes at the molecular level and how they relate to the macroscopic environment.
    • Solve both qualitative and quantitative chemistry problems while demonstrating the reasoning clearly and completely.
    • Implement laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures and express them clearly in written laboratory reports.
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    Child & Family Studies
    • Communicate with empathy with parents, children and co-workers
    • Develop nurturing relationships with children, parents and co-workers as well as nurture and support the parent-child relationship
    • Gather and maintain current information on the health and welfare of children
    • Integrate concepts and components of developmentally appropriate practices into the daily curriculum to engage children at their level of understanding and ability
    • Observe and record children's behavior to be able to integrate the information gathered into the daily curriculum to meet specific language, emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs of individual children
    • Advocate and teach from a position that values gender ethnic, family, ability and cultural diversity
    • Know, pursue, and implement brain development research and theory in teaching.
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    Community Education & Non-Credit
    Computer Studies
    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic computer concepts and the ability to utilize a computer, equipment and software.
    • Acquire and apply personal strengths and skills necessary to succeed in the work place.
    • Acquire technical skills to setup, maintain, and trouble shoot a network.
    • Acquire skills to access Internet/online resources for research and problem solving.
    • Acquire skills to select, install, upgrade, and maintain computer hardware and peripherals.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in using business and computer applications.
    • Communicate effectively through print and media.
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    • Students will be able to succeed in college by accessing and utilizing college systems, services and resources.
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    Culinary / Napa Valley Cooking School
    Digital Design & Graphics Technology
    • Manage and create digital media/data
    • Demonstrate team work in an office environment.
    • Perform industry specific tasks.
    • Develop personal traits.
    • Effectively apply technology learned and keep current with technology.
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    Emergency Medical Technician
    • Retention: 80% of Paramedic students will successfully complete their respective courses with 80% or greater overall scores.
    • National Certification Exam-NREMT: 80% of students shall pass the NREMT certification exam for their respected levels of training on the first attempt.
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    • Identify the major engineering fields and the corresponding academic and professional skills to succeed as student. Recognize the relationship between mathematics, science, and engineering.
    • Understand the role of engineering in our society and importance of ethics to the field of engineering.
    • Analyze and solve qualitative and quantitative fundamental engineering problems that clearly demonstrate reasoning and understanding.
    • Execute laboratory experiments using appropriate lab procedures, measurement and analysis techniques, and safety rules.
    • Apply the fundamental principles of science (chemistry and physics) and mathematics to develop models and methods to simulate and analyze engineering problems and design basic engineering systems.
    • Communicate analysis results and conclusions, engineering ideas and designs, and self-evaluations and observations in written and/or oral forms.
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    • Think, read, write critically.
    • Write unified, coherent, well supported grammatically correct document.
    • Discuss ideas; work collaboratively
    • Tolerance for ambiguity and appreciation of cultural diversity
    • Academic skills for college success.
    • Research Skills
    • Effective written analysis of issues
    • Understanding of several creative writing genres
    • Knowledge of literary elements and principles
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    English as a Second Language
    • Listen actively and speak English with clarity.
    • Exhibit critical thinking skills when reflecting on what others have written.
    • Express self clearly in written English.
    • Plan for further educational and employment pathways using college and community resources.
    • Locate and organize information using Internet and library resources.
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    Geology & Earth Science
    • Communicate scientific information clearly and effectively applying the scientific method.
    • Explain how the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere interact.
    • Describe plate tectonic theory and how it has affected landforms and biological diversity.
    • Explain how we know the age of the earth.
    • Describe the Rock Cycle and explain its role in landform development.
    • Describe the Water Cycle and explain its role in weather and climate.
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    Health Occupations
    • The student will demonstrate consistent commitment to professional and self-development.
    • The student will be able to effectively participate in an academic and/or professional environment and communicate in a professional and respectful manner.
    • The student will develop the skills to adequately and accurately perform basic skills and terminology within the various disciplines of health occupations.
    • The student will be able to evaluate theory and evidence-based knowledge necessary for decision making in a health occupations career.
    • The student will set priorities and make decisions based upon a systematic method utilizing theory and evidence-based knowledge.
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    • Demonstrate familiarity with the major themes of American, world or regional history
    • Describe the historical method and how evidence is evaluated
    • Articulate the significance of historical study in understanding the present and predicting the future
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    • Demonstrate the ability to prepare a business plan related to the hospitality and tourism industry.
    • Identify the area of liability associated with the hospitality and tourism industry.
    • Identify career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism management industry and the required skills, knowledge and abilities of a successful employee in the industry.
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    Human Services
    • Enhance the ability of the participant (or client of the social service agency) to lead a self determining life by providing the support and
    • information necessary to build self-esteem, personal efficacy, assertiveness, and decision making skills.
    • Employ a range of effective communication strategies to establish a collaborative relationship with the participant.
    • Apply informal assessment practices in order to understand the needs and interests of the participant and assist them.
    • Utilize knowledge about informal and formal supports available in the local community and assist the participant in identifying and gaining access to such supports.
    • Apply effective advocacy strategies to overcome the legal, administrative, and financial challenges facing participants.
    • Implement case management techniques to assist participants find a full range of care throughout their community.
    • Write and provide the necessary documentation within an organization and manage these requirements efficiently.
    • Identify areas for self-improvement, pursue necessary education/training resources, and participate in the life of the organization through an understanding of its mission and practices.
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    • Critically assess American political, cultural, and civic thought and the influence of diverse ethno-cultural groups on the development of American society up to the late 1800's.
    • Critically assess American political, cultural, and civic thought and the influence of diverse ethno-cultural groups on the development of American society from the mid-1800's to the present.
    • Identify and evaluate the various methodological approaches to understanding any given religious system.
    • Apply each methodological approach to any given religious system assessing the efficacy of beliefs and conduct found within the system given the cultural milieu of its provenance and ensuing history.
    • Critically assess the interplay between gender, class, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality when examining the experiences of women of various ethnic backgrounds.
    • Students will be able to compare and contrast the images of Filipina Americans presented in the media with the complex reality of Filipina American life, history, and culture.
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    Learning Services
    • Attain math skills necessary for success in Math 55
    • Use technology effectively to function in college.
    • Demonstrate academic skills necessary for success in English 85
    • Identify support systems/resources for college success.
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    LGBT Studies
    • Identify major issues and vocabulary in the field of LGBT Studies.
    • Discuss the issues faced by sexual orientation and gender identity minorities in the family, education, and community.
    • Explain the differences in how people identify their sexual orientation and their gender identity.
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    Machine & Tool Technology
    • Demonstrate good safety practices and a good work ethic.
    • Complete a portfolio of lab projects utilizing basic lathe and mill operations.
    • Use precision measuring tools to complete lab assignments.
    • Machine lab assignments from drawing documents.
    • Calculate require math problems to complete lab assignments.
    • Students will complete a portfolio of advanced lathe and mill projects.
    • Setup, program, and operate CNC lathe and mill to complete lab assignments.
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    • Demonstrate success in transfer-level mathematics courses.
    • Demonstrate successful completion of mathematics graduation requirements for Associate degrees.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
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    Modern Languages
    • Communicate orally and in writing in Spanish in real life situations.
    • Read and comprehend Spanish at levels commensurate with those of students seeking a degree in Spanish.
    • Recognize the Hispanic cultures, through the study of their history, literature, arts, contributions of prominent figures, and foreign travel.
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    • Comprehend and/or apply skills essential for performance in music
    • Collaborate with others through rehearsal & performance; critical peer evaluation of said performances via oral and written reports.
    • Acquire an aesthetic appreciation of music, cultural and technical literacy of the performing arts.
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    Office Administration
    • Apply current computer software applications using correct techniques for daily office use.
    • Interact professionally and effectively through oral and written communication.
    • Apply and integrate comprehensive office skills accurately.
    • Demonstrate professional behavior as dictated by corporate culture
    • Analyze and solve problems using a variety of methods.
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    • Diverse Ethno-Cultural Groups and American Society
    • Philosophical Systems in Western and Non-
    • Western traditions
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    • Critically evaluate and understand the aesthetic, cultural, and political development of Photography in historical and contemporary cultures
    • Create finished images for professional/fine art applications based on principles of effective design and communication
    • Translate concepts and experiences through images
    • Present finished design products for peer, professional or academic review
    • Evaluate and critique photographic work and receive criticism from others
    • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with others on photographic projects
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    Physical Education, Dance, Health & Athletics
    • Students will use basic principles of health and wellness to develop an informed, personal approach to mental and physical health.
    • Students will understand the principles of lifetime fitness and will incorporate fitness activities into a healthy and active lifestyle.
    • Students will demonstrate and value knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to physical activity and sport.
    • Students will acquire knowledge and demonstrate skills to safely engage in physical activity.
    • Students will understand basic principles of anatomy, physiology, and/or bio mechanics and apply the knowledge to movement activity.
    • Students will acquire the personal skills and attitudes to function as a competitor and member of an athletic team.
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    • Describe the principles of mechanical, thermodynamic, electrical, magnetic, optical, atomic and nuclear processes and how they relate to the macroscopic or microscopic realm.
    • Solve both qualitative and quantitative physics problems while demonstrating the reasoning clearly and completely.
    • Implement laboratory experiment techniques correctly during the investigation of mechanical, thermodynamic, electrical, magnetic, optical, atomic and nuclear processes and express the results clearly in written laboratory reports.
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    Police Academy
    Political Science
    • Identify the institutions, ideas and processes that govern political systems.
    • Understand theories and methods used to analyze political systems, behavior and phenomena.
    • Critically evaluate the patterns of interaction among political actors at both the domestic and global levels.
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    Psychiatric Technician
    • Student will accurately perform and document basic nursing skills, basic physical and mental assessments and interventions while prioritizing patient care.
    • Student will ethically advocate for patients with mental illness and developmental disabilities in all settings, assuring patients' rights, privacy, dignity, and confidentiality.
    • Student will develop leadership and supervision skills and identify need for crisis intervention using the least restrictive measures.
    • Student will be able to effectively participate in a therapeutic environment and communicate in a professional and respectful manner.
    • Student will pass the state board exam for licensure as a psychiatric technician.
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    • Understand the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and analyze the implications of these theories
    • Comprehend the findings of research in psychology and apply this understanding to everyday life
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    Respiratory Therapy
    • Student will comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists (cognitive domain).
    • Student will be technically proficient in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists (psychomotor domain).
    • Student will exhibit professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as advanced-level respiratory therapists (affective domain).
    • Student will attempt RRT exam within one year of graduation.
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    • Understand the major theoretical perspectives in sociology and use them in order to analyze social behavior across time and across cultures.
    • Understand and explain how power is used in the operations of social institutions.
    • Comprehend the sociological factors involved in the creation and maintenance of social stratification.
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    Speech Communication
    • Demonstrate self-awareness in various communication settings.
    • Utilize an understanding of interpersonal dynamics and the communication process to communicate effectively verbally and nonverbally.
    • Demonstrate intercultural competence.
    • Use critical thinking skills to evaluate and create messages.
    • Demonstrate critical and empathetic listening skills.
    • Demonstrate effective workplace skills.
    • Develop and present effective speeches for diverse audiences and occasions.
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    Theater Arts
    • Analyze dramatic literature
    • Show a cultural and artistic appreciation of dramatic art.
    • Demonstrate basic performance and production skills
    • Produce a piece of dramatic art for peer, professional or academic review
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    Viticulture & Winery Technology
    • Demonstrate and understanding of the basic principles of grape production.
    • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of common wine styles and the annual cycle of wine making.
    • Display knowledge of the elements of marketing and selling wines.
    • Display an understanding of world wine styles, major production regions and the fundamentals of wine sensory evaluation.
    • Demonstrate the ability to meet applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.
    • Display an understanding of the skills needed to research topics related to the wine industry.
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze research; develop, write and present a strategic plan for the individual elements of the wine industry, including viticulture, wine making, and marketing and sales.
    • Display an understanding of interpersonal relations in professional settings.
    • Display an understanding of professional skills that meet the accepted standards of the wine industry.
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    Vocational Nursing
    • The student will demonstrate the use of the nursing process when caring for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients with selected health alterations.
    • The student will assume responsibility to use legal and ethical practice in collaboration with patients, families and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team (i.e. Vocational Nurse Practice Act, ANA Code of Ethics, Vocational Nurse Practice Standards).
    • The student will demonstrate the use of goal-directed communication to effect change in patient behavior. Collaborates with individuals, families, groups, and the healthcare team using therapeutic communication.
    • The student will set priorities and make decisions based on a systematic method utilizing theory and evidence-based knowledge for decision making to guide nursing practice.
    • The student will provide care to pediatric, adult and geriatric patients with alterations in health, integrating leadership and management principles.
    • The student will demonstrate consistent commitment to professional growth and self- development, ultimately demonstrated by passing NCLEX exam and receiving Vocational Nursing licensure.
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    Welding Technology
    • Work efficiently and safely in a variety of welding environments.
    • Exhibit good work habits while working independently and/or art of a team.
    • Identify, understand and apply appropriate welding processes and technologies to a planned end result.
    • Develop a knowledge base to identify, understand and apply welding processes and technologies to a planned end result.
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    Work Experience
    • Demonstrate effective work place skills in an actual work place.
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