STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Professional Science Masters – Biotechnology Department of Biology University of Northern Iowa Outcome I: Graduates from the PSM Biotechnology program will demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and practical skill sets necessary for a position in industry. Competency 1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and ideas appropriate for the field of biotechnology including: the broad spectrum of the field, an overview of wide ranging regulatory issues, a general understanding of quality analysis/quality control regulations as well as having a strong skill set in regards to relevant laboratory techniques. Competency 2: Students will have introductory-level familiarity with basic business organizational management principles. Outcome II: Graduates from the PSM programs will be able to effectively use both oral and written communication skills. Competency 1: Students will effectively communicate scientific observations, analyses, and arguments in a written format typically required by professionals in their fields Competency 2: Students will effectively communicate scientific observations, analyses, and arguments orally in group interactions and presentations Outcome III: PSM Biotechnology graduates will be effective problems-solvers and team workers. Competency 1: Individual problem-solving skills Students will be familiar with modern problem solving techniques and creative thinking methods. Lateral thinking, critical thinking, and innovative thinking methods (based on the ideas of the De Bono School and others) will be applied to develop solutions for typical real-world problems encountered in biotechnology companies such as market analysis, target identification, product development, process optimization, and strategic development. Competency 2: Teamwork development skills PSM students will learn to work in diverse teams consisting of students with different skill sets and backgrounds. They will gain experience in leading small teams in reaching a common goal and successfully integrate varied opinions into a final solution. While learning to elucidate, identify, and manage interpersonal problems that will occur during group work, students will strengthen their oral communication skills to become better team workers capable of reaching consensus solutions.