Domains of Learning
After determining the purpose of your course in the context of its program and reflecting on how your course might prepare learners for professional life after completing the program, the next step in building a vision is to lay out the goals and outcomes. To think about outcomes, it is important to familiarize yourself with the three domains of learning: Cognitive Domain (Knowledge), Psychomotor Domain (Skills), and Affective Domain (Attitudes). These three domains are often referred to as KSA (knowledge, skills, and attitudes). Understanding the three domains will help you create or identify the competencies for your course, which is the first step in writing outcomes. Read more detailed descriptions of each domain of learning below.
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Knowledge (Cognitive Domain)
The cognitive domain has been the primary focus of most traditional education and is frequently used to structure curriculum competencies, outcomes, assessments, and activities. To construct competencies for knowledge or the cognitive domain, ask yourself “What do I want my graduates to know?”
Knowledge of contract price and cost analysis/cost accounting techniques so as to compile and evaluate price and/or cost data for a variety of pre-award and/or post-award procurement activities.
Knowledge of state-of the-art radio broadcast systems to be able to perform fault isolation,troubleshooting and repair of the digital and analog broadcast equipment and systems.
Knowledge of transportation regulations, methods, and practices to perform a wide variety of routine and specialized transportation support to include movement of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation
Skills (Psychomotor Domain)
To construct competencies that address the Skills or Psychomotor domain, ask yourself “What do I want my graduates to physically be able to do?”
Skill in typing at the rate of 40 words per minute with less than 3 errors per 100 words typed.
Skill in operating specialized medical equipment such as cardiac monitor, blood pressure cuff, and CAT scans to obtain accurate results.
Skill in driving a full size automobile,with standard transmission, obeying traffic rules, in urban and rural areas in all types of weather and traffic conditions to deliver courier documents to various locations in the city.
Attitudes (Affective Domain)
To constructor competencies that address the Attitudes or Affective Domain, ask yourself “What do I want my graduates to think or care about?”