General Education Goals, Objective, & Skills

DCB’s focus is Nature, Technology, and Beyond.  The institution’s general education goals, objectives, and skills reflect its commitment to this focus.



Competency/Goal 1: Identifies the interrelationships
between humans and their environment

Learning Outcome 1: Applies the scientific methods of inquiry.

  • Performance Indicator 1: Utilizes the scientific process to solve problems.
  • Performance Indicator 2: Interprets experimental data to draw logical conclusions. 
  • Performance Indicator 3: Applies technology in the scientific process.

Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrates an understanding of natural environment.

  • Performance Indicator 1: Predicts the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on the environment.
  • Performance Indicator 2: Explains the impact of human activity on the environment.
  • Performance Indicator 3: Chooses best management practices for sustainability of the natural environment.

Learning Outcome 3: Applies scientific information in everyday life.

  • Performance Indicator 1: Utilizes scientific information in daily decision-making.
  • Performance Indicator 2: Recognizes the role of science in nature and society.



Competency/Goal 2: Demonstrates technological literacy

Learning Outcome 1: Use appropriate application software to complete assignments

  • Performance Indicator 1: Applies technical terminology using an application suite.
  • Performance Indicator 2: Selects appropriate Internet research techniques
  • Performance Indicator 3: Demonstrates competencies in electronic communication

Learning Outcome 2: Uses electronic resources to solve problems

  • Performance Indicator 1: Selects appropriate electronic resources
  • Performance Indicator 2: Identify differences in Internet resources based on address extensions
  • Performance Indicator 3: Identifies academic library search engines
  • Performance Indicator 4: Distinguish valid web-based information

Learning Outcome 3: Uses appropriate application software

  • Performance Indicator 1: Selects the appropriate application software 
  • Performance Indicator 2: Identifies application-specific terminology

Competency/Goal 3: Demonstrates the ability to solve
a variety of mathematical problems

Learning Outcome 1: Utilizes mathematical skills to solve problems

  • Performance Indicator 1: Solves problems using an appropriate method
  • Performance Indicator 2: Produces graphs

Learning Outcome 2: Employs critical thinking skills to solve problems

  • Performance Indicator 1: Interprets research information
  • Performance Indicator 2: Write conclusions from information collected
  • Performance Indicator 3: Utilizes pertinent information to solve word problems



Competency/Goal 4: Communicates effectively

Learning Outcome 1: Write effectively

  • Performance Indicator 1: Uses the stages of the writing process to develop, organize, and present ideas in writing
  • Performance Indicator 2: Recognizes the demands and possible strategies of a writing task, based on topic, purpose, context, and audience.
  • Performance Indicator 3: Demonstrates competent writing that includes a clear, original thesis or claim, appropriate evidence and support, a logical structure, and a style of language that serves the writer’s purpose and audience.
  • Performance Indicator 4: Uses Edited Standard Written English in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax, and presents written work in a style and format consistent with the demands of an academic setting.

Learning Outcome 2: Reads at a level that allows participation in collegiate studies and chosen careers

  • Performance Indicator 1: Understands the structure and organization of written work
  • Performance Indicator 2: Recognizes an author’s thesis and forms of support 
  • Performance Indicator 3: Evaluates the effectiveness and validity of an author’s style, organization, support, evidence, and presentation.
  • Performance Indicator 4: Recognizes the connection style and language have to an author’s topic, audience, context, and purpose
  • Performance Indicator 5: Synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources

Learning Outcome 3: Integrates information sources effectively

  • Performance Indicator 1: Finds a variety of information resources
  • Performance Indicator 2: Evaluates the relevance and reliability of sources
  • Performance Indicator 3: Uses information resources ethically and honestly, preserving the meaning of the source and documenting the use of the source in the style appropriate for the student’s discipline or field
  • Performance Indicator 4: Synthesizes information effectively in the student’s own text

Learning Outcome 4: Collaborates with others

  • Performance Indicator 1: Participates in class discussions and in any group projects and activities 
  • Performance Indicator 2: Participates in class discussions, peer editing, and group activities or projects, responding productively and respectfully to the work and ideas of others and considering the ideas and suggestions of others.

Learning Outcome 5: Demonstrates effective oral communication skills

  • Performance Indicator 1: Produces original content
  • Performance Indicator 2: Adapts to a variety of speaking and listening situations
  • Performance Indicator 3: Uses volume, eye contact, rate of pronunciation, articulation, and gesticulation effectively
  • Performance Indicator 4: Uses listening skills to critique, evaluate, and/or assess oral communication

Competency/Goal 5: Employs the principles of wellness

Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrates physical wellness

  • Performance Indicator 1: Participates in varsity sports
  • Performance Indicator 2: Demonstrates fitness skills in activity class

Learning Outcome 2: Recognizes characteristics of a healthy lifestyle

  • Performance Indicator 1: Identifies the difference between healthy life choices and unhealthy behaviors.

Competency/Goal 6: Demonstrates knowledge of social structures

Learning Outcome 1: Examines the experience of the individual

  • Performance Indicator 1: Demonstrates knowledge of mental processes within humans
  • Performance Indicator 2: Explains the developmental stages through which the human mind evolves

Learning Outcome 2: Examines the world of human diversity

  • Performance Indicator 1: Examines a variety of cultures
  • Performance Indicator 2: Identifies the varieties of human social groupings

Learning Outcome 3: Recognizes human social structures

  • Performance Indicator 1: Shows knowledge of governmental systems
  • Performance Indicator 2: Explains the implication(s) of colliding social structures

Competency/Goal 7: Evaluates principles of Arts and Humanities

Learning Outcome 1: Creates art

  • Performance Indicator 1: Applies knowledge of fundamentals of genres
  • Performance Indicator 2: Creates original works of art

Learning Outcome 2: Analyzes art

  • Performance Indicator 1: Demonstrates knowledge of art forms
  • Performance Indicator 2: Applies base knowledge to critique art works

Learning Outcome 3: Evaluates aesthetics

  • Performance Indicator 1: Demonstrates knowledge of systems of aesthetics
  • Performance Indicator 2: Evaluates relationship of content and form in art works

Learning Outcome 4: Synthesizes interrelationships among arts, languages, the humanities, and societies 

  • Performance Indicator 1: Demonstrates knowledge of art forms in cultures 
  • Performance Indicator 2: Evaluates the impact of art on individuals and society

Learning Outcome 5: Communicates through listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a foreign language

  • Performance Indicator 1: Listens to and derives meaning from a variety of foreign language sources
  • Performance Indicator 2: Speaks in the foreign language for a variety of purposes and for diverse audiences 
  • Performance Indicator 3: Reads and derives meaning from a variety of materials written in a foreign language
  • Performance Indicator 4: Writes in a foreign language for a variety of purposes and for diverse audiences