Program Learning Outcomes: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Overview

The undergraduate Business Administration program provides an integrated interdisciplinary education. Students receive a solid foundation in the principal functional areas of a modern commercial enterprise, as well as concentrated advanced preparation in an area of their choice. Thus, the graduate is well prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of today’s business world. Of particular benefit to students and their future employers is the strong international focus of the program. This comes not only from the world-conscious course offerings, but also from interaction with fellow students. Students in the business program come from over 60 different countries, representing most regions of the world.

 

BA in Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes and Assessment

BA in Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are program wide objectives that are set by Lincoln University faculty. Each PLO contributes to the achievement of one or several ILOs.

 

BA Business Courses Learning Outcomes and Assessment

PLO BA1: Demonstrate knowledge in the principle areas of general business and specific areas of concentration, which include: international business, management, entrepreneurship, and management information systems.

 

Score of 4: Clearly identifies and summarizes the main principles of general business and specific areas of concentration, which include: international business, management, entrepreneurship, and management information systems.

Score of 3: Successfully identifies and summarizes the main principles of general business, but fails to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in one of the following areas: international business, management, entrepreneurship, and management information systems.

Score of 2: Successfully identifies the main principles, but fails to summarize or explain them clearly or sufficiently.

Score of 1: Fails to identify or summarize the main principles..

 

PLO BA2: Determine the information needed to evaluate a business problem. Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills to recognize credibility and accuracy.

 

Score of 4: Able to collect and analyze proper information needed to solve a business problem. Develops and defends an informed position integrating values, sciences and technology.

Score of 3: Able to collect and analyze proper information needed to solve a business problem, but fails to develop or defend an informed position integrating values, sciences and technology.

Score of 2: Collects proper information but struggles with the analysis.

Score of 1: Fails to collect and analyze proper information needed to solve a business problem.

 

PLO BA3: Demonstrate the ability to communicate with others using written and oral communication tools.

 

Score of 4: Consistently does all or almost all of the following: Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates major alternative points of view. Draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions. Justifies key results and procedures, explains assumptions and reasons. Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

Score of 3: Does most or many of the following: Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Identifies relevant arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Offers analyses and evaluations of obvious alternative points of view. Draws warranted, non-fallacious conclusions. Justifies some results or procedures, explains reasons. Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

Score of 2: Does most or many of the following: Misinterprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Fails to identify strong, relevant counter-arguments. Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view. Draws unwarranted or fallacious conclusions. Justifies few results or procedures, seldom explains reasons. Regardless of the evidence or reasons, maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.

Score of 1: Consistently does all or almost all of the following: Offers biased interpretations of evidence, statements, graphics, questions, information, or the points of view of others. Fails to identify or hastily dismisses strong, relevant counter-arguments. Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view. Argues using fallacious or irrelevant reasons, and unwarranted claims. Neither justifies results or procedures, nor explains reasons. Regardless of the evidence or reasons, maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.

 

PLO BA4: Demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills to understand business problems and make well-informed decisions.

 

Score of 4: Appropriately integrates and applies basic scientific and analytical concepts to understand a business problem and to make well-informed decisions. Demonstrates comprehension of scientific approach; illustrates with examples.

Score of 3: Appropriately integrates and applies basic scientific and analytical concepts to understand a business problem and to make well-informed decisions, but fails to demonstrate comprehension of scientific approach; illustrates with examples.

Score of 2: Successfully understands the problem, but fails to make well-informed decisions.

Score of 1: Unable to use analytical skills to understand the problem and to make well-informed decisions.

 

PLO BA5: Apply and comply with ethical and legal principles and evaluate different ethical perspectives.

 

Score of 4: Identifies and accurately describes complex ethical dilemmas from life situations and theoretical scenarios. Understands legal principles and able to collect and evaluate different ethical perspectives.

Score of 3: Able to identify and accurately describe ethical dilemmas, but is unable to recognize legal principles or evaluate different ethical perspectives.

Score of 2: Successfully understands the ethical problem, but fails to make well-informed decisions.

Score of 1: Unable to use analytical skills to understand the ethical and legal principles or to collect and evaluate different ethical perspectives.

 

BA General Education Courses Learning Outcomes and Assessment

PLO GEBA1: Demonstrate proficiency in college-level mathematics, English, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

 

Score of 4: Clearly identifies and summarizes the main principles of college-level mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. For mathematics, this included arithmetic, algebra, and statistics. For English, this includes writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking.

Score of 3: Successfully identifies and summarizes the main principles of college-level mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. However, for mathematics, lacks experience in application. For English, lacks critical thinking.

Score of 2: Successfully identifies the main principles, but fails to summarize or explain them clearly or sufficiently.

Score of 1: Fails to identify or summarize the main principles.

 

PLO GEBA2: Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally. Being able to interpret and apply arithmetical, algebraic, and geometric methods to solve problems.

 

Score of 4: Able to represent mathematical information symbolically, using formulas. Able to translate words into mathematical expressions. Demonstrates ability to use geometric methods to solve problems.

Score of 3: Able to represent mathematical information symbolically, using formulas. Able to translate words into mathematical expressions, but not able to use geometric methods to solve problems.

Score of 2: Able to represent mathematical information symbolically, using formulas, but unable to translate words into mathematical expressions.

Score of 1: Fails to represent mathematical information symbolically, using formulas.

 

PLO GEBA3: Communicate effectively in multiple creative and academic writing genres by applying Standard American English.

 

Score of 4: Consistently does all or almost all of the following: Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates major alternative points of view. Draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions. Justifies key results and procedures, explains assumptions and reasons. Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

Score of 3: Does most or many of the following: Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Identifies relevant arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Offers analyses and evaluations of obvious alternative points of view. Draws warranted, non-fallacious conclusions. Justifies some results or procedures, explains reasons. Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead.

Score of 2: Does most or many of the following: Misinterprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc. Fails to identify strong, relevant counter-arguments. Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view. Draws unwarranted or fallacious conclusions. Justifies few results or procedures, seldom explains reasons. Regardless of the evidence or reasons, maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.

Score of 1: Consistently does all or almost all of the following: Offers biased interpretations of evidence, statements, graphics, questions, information, or the points of view of others. Fails to identify or hastily dismisses strong, relevant counter-arguments. Ignores or superficially evaluates obvious alternative points of view. Argues using fallacious or irrelevant reasons, and unwarranted claims. Neither justifies results or procedures, nor explains reasons. Regardless of the evidence or reasons, maintains or defends views based on self-interest or preconceptions.

 

PLO GEBA4: Think critically and apply common sense in approaching and solving real-world problems.

 

Score of 4: Appropriately integrates and applies basic scientific and analytical concepts to make well-informed decisions. Demonstrates comprehension of an argument, and illustrates it with examples.

Score of 3: Appropriately integrates and applies basic analytical concepts to understand an argument and to make well-informed decisions, but fails to demonstrate comprehension of the argument or to illustrate it with examples.

Score of 2: Successfully understands the problem, but fails to make well-informed decisions.

Score of 1: Unable to use analytical skills to understand the problem and to make well-informed decisions.

 

PLO GEBA5: Demonstrate proficiency in skills that sustain lifelong learning, particularly to think critically and responsibly in assessing, evaluating, and integrating information.

 

Score of 4: Consistently accurately interprets evidence, and questions; identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates major alternative points of view. Demonstrates ability to apply these principles to everyday occurrences.

Score of 3: Consistently accurately interprets evidence, and questions; identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con. Thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates major alternative points of view, but fails to demonstrate ability to apply these principles to everyday occurrences.

Score of 2: Consistently accurately interprets evidence, and questions; identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con, but fails to identify and evaluate major alternative points of view.

Score of 1: Consistently fails to interpret evidence, and questions; identifies the salient arguments (reasons and claims) pro and con.

 

PLO GEBA6: Understand the responsibilities of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility.

 

Score of 4: Identifies and accurately describes complex ethical dilemmas from life situations and theoretical scenarios. Understands legal principles, and principles of good citizenship, and able to collect and evaluate different ethical perspectives.

Score of 3: Able to identify and accurately describe ethical dilemmas, and principles of good citizenship but is unable to recognize legal principles or evaluate different ethical perspectives.

Score of 2: Successfully understands the ethical problem, but fails to make well-informed decisions.

Score of 1: Unable to use analytical skills to understand the ethical and legal principles, and principles of good citizenship or to collect and evaluate different ethical perspectives.