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Assessment: Examples from a range of disciplines

What does a course with aligned learning outcomes, assessment, and teaching and learning activities look like?

We are currently collecting Camosun examples from across the college (see below), within the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning. We will continue adding to this list. Meanwhile, for additional ideas, check out the discipline specific examples from the University of Waterloo

Examples from the psychomotor domain: Carpentry

Psychomotor Domain

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Safely operate a lathe.

Students practice in pairs until they are able to safely and skillfully operate lathe.

Instructor observes and provides corrective feedback as needed.

Instructor demonstrates setting up a lathe. Discuss safety considerations. Students practice in pairs.

Instructor demonstrates operating the lathe.

Each student practices under supervision of instructor.

Instructor provides handout with step-by-step diagrams.

Examples from the cognitive domain: Electrical

Cognitive Process

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Identify methods of producing electricity

Describe electrical quantities in circuits

True/False questions

  • Lecture on methods of producing electricity
  • Videos showing various methods of producing electricity
  • In-class exercises/quizzes on electrical quantities in circuits


Describe structure of matter in relation to electric charge and current flow

Describe features of resistors and electrical meters

Matching items questions

Restricted response essay question

  • Students write descriptions of resistors and electrical meters and peer assess using instructor-generated rubric


Effectively install cables, fixtures and fittings

Think-Pair-Share with a partner about how to organize the list

  • Re-order procedure list quiz (students put a disordered procedure list into the correct order)
  • Students assemble a complete electrical circuit


Differentiate when to use grounding and when bonding following the Canadian Electrical Code

Write a report: explain the objectives of grounding and bonding

  • Construct a graph illustrating the positioning of overcurrent devices and the current path in a fault condition
  • Discuss with a partner how this relates to their electrical circuit


Validate the application of the Canadian Electrical Code in your circuit design

Make a list of the CEC rules you had to follow in your design

  • In groups of three, students explain the purpose of each rule they had to follow


Develop a guide for a similar installation

Design a flow chart showing each step of your new circuit installation.

  • Class discussion on the application of CEC rules pertaining to the two installations
  • Students share personal work experiences relating to similar installations

Examples from the affective domain: English

Affective Domain

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Speak effectively in front of an audience and actively respond to others.

Students present their reading to small groups, and answer questions from peers.

Students participate in final report-out to the whole class of key themes.

Jigsaw: divide class into 4 groups and assign each group a different reading topic. Have each group summarize their topic. Mix the groups so that each student speaks to their reading and answers questions.

Groups determine common themes across readings, report back to class.

Examples from the cognitive domain: Marketing

Cognitive Process

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Recall marketing theories and models

Students write questions based on their notes and mind-maps to quiz each other and themselves

  • Instructor provides overview of marketing theories and models via case studies
  • Students take notes and create mind-maps


Explain the stages in the marketing process

Jigsaw activity: working in groups, students share information about each stage in the marketing process with each other in order to complete a graphic outlining the stages.

  • Instructor presents a broad overview of the stages in the marketing process. Students are given information on the different stages in the form of handouts.


Design holistic sustainability marketing programs.

Students complete reflections around their own sustainability concerns and the readings. Students are given a choice re type of reflection (e.g., written, video, audio, or image).

Students complete a case study.

  • Instructor reviews the concepts of sustainability as it impacts marketing
  • Instructor provides case studies  around sustainable decisions in business
  • Students and instructor discuss sustainable decisions and the impact on business
  • Students practice analyzing cases in small groups


Analyze marketplace trends and changes to determine how they may be impacting the current sales environment.

Students debate different predictions on the impact of social media on the retail industry.

  • Students analyze a series of case studies illustrating the potential effect of social media on different areas of the retail industry
  • Students discuss the case studies in small groups and form arguments for and against the predicted outcomes


Assess how media in Canada operates and specify the different requirements of electronic, internet and print media including focus, timelines and audiences

Student presentations on requirements of different media

  • Case studies, lectures, video interviews
  • Students work in small groups to research and compare buying behaviour of different businesses

  • Students work in small groups to research the specific requirements of electronic, internet, and print media
  • Student groups create a poster display comparing the requirements of different types of media
  • Instructor presents an overview of how the media in Canada operates


Participate actively in and contribute to a team project

Create an effective marketing plan

Student groups create a marketing plan including: a team charter, SWOT, target market and marketing mix.

  • Instructor provides Charter, SWOT, Target and Mix template and example before each deliverable due date
  • Instructor reviews the key terms and meaning behind the elements of each project item
  • Librarian presents key research terms
  • Students work in their small teams in labs
  • Instructor provides written feedback for each submission
  • Instructor meets with each team twice per term
  • Students complete peer and self-assessment

Examples from the cognitive domain: Psychology

Cognitive Process

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Evaluate, apply

Determine appropriate stress methodology to address a research question.

- Lab report: requires students to reflect on specific elements of their “experiment”, including a comparison to the methods used by other groups.

- Groups informally report on their experience to the class.

-Lecture: instructor outlines basic principles of stress methodology

-Group work: groups discuss pros and cons of experimental stressors

-Stress lab: instructor divides class into groups with a “participant” and “experimenters”.  Using methods discussed in class, experimenters expose participant to a stressor (e.g., scary video), and group monitors and records physiological and psychological responses.


Explain the opponent process theory of colour vision when asked.

-iClicker quiz questions: Every 3-5 slides, class must respond in real time to short multiple-choice questions posed by instructor.

-Video: introduces the topic, outlines the key issue, and outlines historical perspectives

-Lecture: Instructor highlights key details, contrasts with competing theories (e.g., trichromatic theory), and situates topic in larger context (Vision).

-Demonstration: Instructor demonstrates opponent process illusion effect using an image with opponent colours.

Examples from the cognitive domain: English language development

Cognitive Process

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Evaluate, apply

Present information and ideas orally using effective language in formal situations.

Student groups deliver presentations (including visuals) on topic of their choice.


- Instructor shares assessment criteria (rubric) with students and provides ongoing feedback

- Instructor and students review key terms, elements, and stages of formal presentations

- Instructor and students co-create peer feedback task

- Students work individually and in pairs to prepare presentations, including visuals

- Students work in small groups to practice presenting information on topic of their choice

- Students peer-assess presentations