Education

Ph.D. Program

Student Learning Outcomes

Degree Program Mission/Purpose/Goals

The program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as bioscience researchers/trainers in a broad spectrum of positions.

The structure of the program provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of bioscience, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation/experimentation in bioscience.

The program relates the above framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address the questions identified.

In addition, the program will develop skills in the various means of communicating both the core of bioscience knowledge and the expression of experimental design, results and interpretation to a variety of potential audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Communication Skills
    • The candidate should demonstrate that an appropriate level of oral, written and visual communication skills have been acquired. Oral Communication should be demonstrated at an appropriate level with respect to the content, organization, logical flow, presentation and appropriate use of language incorporating the use of visual aids, as measured by rubric. Written communication must be demonstrated at an appropriate level with respect to grammar, syntax, spelling and use of vocabulary to effectively present information including the use of figures, tables and citations as measured by rubric.
    • The opportunity to attend discussions and present papers suggested by the department's guest seminar speakers occurs weekly (known as Pre-Seminar Highlights), each Monday at 5PM, prior to the seminar (each Wednesday at noon). Students also participate in informal luncheon discussions with the speaker after the seminar. This is an opportunity to learn more about their work, career path, and institutions.
    • A rotation graduate student is expected to present his or her rotation results at lab meetings and give a brief talk to the "Data Club". Students and PI will communicate frequently to monitor process and adjust lab schedules to meet the student's curriculum needs, while still satisfying research objectives.
  • Experimental Design
    • The candidate will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of competence in the ability to appraise, modify and / or create and implement experimental protocols and to design and develop experiments related to his or her research, as measured by rubric.
  • General Knowledge of Sciences
    • The candidate should demonstrate a general knowledge of the elements of the sciences as related to molecular / cellular bioscience and a detailed knowledge of his or her area of research, including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature and the ability to evaluate and critique publications as measured by rubric.
  • GPA Requirements
    • The program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as physiology/bioscience researchers/trainers in a broad spectrum of positions.
    • The structure of the program provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of physiology/bioscience, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation/experimentation in bioscience.
    • The program relates the above framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address the questions identified.
    • In addition, program will develop skills in the various means of communicating both the core of bioscience knowledge and the expression of experimental design, results and interpretation to a variety of potential audiences.
  • Problem Solving Skills
    • The candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the identification and selection of meaningful problems to be addressed in bioscience research, including the ability to defend said identifications and to design and develop appropriate methods to solve said problems as measured by rubric.
VCU Department of Physiology and BiophysicsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVCU Medical Center
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