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General Education Goals, Objectives, & Skills

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



Goal 1:  Explains the interrelationships between humans and their environment and the role of science in their lives

Objective 1:  Demonstrates the application of the scientific method of inquiry

  • Skill 1:  Recognizes the principles of the scientific method of inquiry to solve problems
  • Skill 2:  Analyzes and interprets experimental data to draw logical conclusions

Objective 2:  Demonstrates appreciation of the natural environment

  • Skill 1:  Recognizes the interrelationships between living and non-living entities and their effects on the environment
  • Skill 2:  Assesses the impact of human activity on their environment
  • Skill 3:  Identifies and implements wise use management of our natural resources
  • Skill 4:  Promotes and applies an ethic of stewardship for our environment

Objective 3:  Demonstrates an awareness of the role of science in everyday life

  • Skill 1:  Applies scientific principles to life experiences
  • Skill 2:  Recognizes the role of science in understanding nature and society



Goal 2:  Demonstrates knowledge and application of technology

Objective 1:  Completes an assignment using an appropriate application software

  • Skill 1:  Creates, edits, and formats a word processing document
  • Skill 2:  Creates, edits, and formats a spreadsheet application
  • Skill 3:  Creates edits, and formats a slide show presentation
  • Skill 4:  Conducts Internet research
  • Skill 5:  Demonstrates the ability to send and receive e-mail

Objective 2:  Uses electronic resources for course related assignments and information 

  • Skill 1:  Selects appropriate electronic resources
  • Skill 2:  Recognizes differences in Internet resources based on address extensions
  • Skill 3:  Identifies proper academic library search engines
  • Skill 4:  Evaluates quality/value of web-based information

Objective 3:  Selects and uses appropriate instrumentation and understands principles

  • Skill 1:  Calibrates instruments
  • Skill 2:  Troubleshoots instruments
  • Skill 3:  Demonstrates appropriate handling and safety of equipment
  • Skill 4:  Follows proper protocol

Objective 4:  Employs problem solving and critical thinking skills in order to solve a variety of different problems

  • Skill 1:  Locates, evaluates, and applies research information
  • Skill 2:  Analyzes information to determine its validity
  • Skill 3:  Draws conclusions from information collected

Goal 3:  Demonstrates the ability to convert, calculate, and analyze a variety of mathematical problems

Objective 1:  Utilizes mathematical equations to solve problems

  • Skill 1:  Solves equations and problems using the appropriate method
  • Skill 2:  Employs appropriate measuring tools
  • Skill 3:  Converts standard units to metric units

Objective 2:  Applies practical application of mathematics to everyday life

  • Skill 1:  Constructs tables, charts, graphs based on data
  • Skill 2:  Defines and demonstrates the use of decimals, percentages, and fractions
  • Skill 3:  Solves word problems
  • Skill 4: Applies mathematical knowledge in personal life, such as keeping track of a checkbook, identifying rates of interest, etc. 

Objective 3  Employs problem solving and critical thinking skills in order to solve a variety of different problems

  • Skill 1:  Locates, evaluates, and applies research information
  • Skill 2:  Analyzes materials to determine their validity
  • Skill 3:  Draws conclusions from information collected

And Beyond


Goal  4:  Demonstrates effective communication

Objective 1:  Expresses ideas through effective writing

  • Skill 1:  Uses the stages of the writing process to develop, organize, and present ideas in writing
  • Skill 2:  Analyzes the demands and possible strategies of a writing task, based on topic, purpose, context, and audience, and then accomplish that task with clarity
  • Skill 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
  • Skill 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

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

  • Skill 1:  Anticipates and understands the structure and organization of written work
  • Skill 2:  Recognizes an author’s thesis and forms of support
  • Skill 3:  Evaluates the effectiveness and validity of an author’s style, organization, support, evidence, and presentation
  • Skill 4:  Demonstrates awareness of the connection that style and language have to an author’s topic, audience, context, and purpose
  • Skill 5:  Assimilates and connects information and ideas from multiple written sources

Objective 3:  Uses information resources effectively

  • Skill 1:  Finds, consults, and uses a variety of information resources
  • Skill 2:  Evaluates the relevance and reliability of sources
  • Skill 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
  • Skill 4:  Integrates source material smoothly and clearly into the student’s own text

Objective 4:  Works collaboratively with others

  • Skill 1:  Participates in class discussions and in any group projects or activities
  • Skill 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

Objective 5: Demonstrates effective oral communication skills

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

Goal 5:  Employs the principles of wellness

Objective 1:  Demonstrates healthy lifestyle and physical wellness

  • Skill 1:  Participates in team and/or individual sports
  • Skill 2:  Demonstrates precise fitness skills in activity classes
  • Skill 3:  Identifies the differences between healthy life choices and consequences of negative behaviors

Objective 2:  Demonstrates emotional and spiritual wellness

  • Skill 1:  Exhibits a positive self-concept
  • Skill 2:  Displays positive qualities of trust, self-confidence, determination, and dedication
  • Skill 3:  Develops a set of beliefs, principles, or values

Goal 6:  Demonstrates the knowledge of the human experience throughout history

Objective 1:  Analyzes the experience of the individual

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

Objective 2:  Recognizes the world of human diversity

  • Skill 1:  Uses the knowledge of varying cultures to improve campus climate
  • Skill 2:  Identifies the varieties of human social groupings

Objective 3: Recognizes human social and governmental structures

  • Skill 1:  Shows knowledge of the importance of local and global governmental systems
  • Skill 2:  Demonstrates, through historical examples, what happens when differing social structures collide

Goal 7: Demonstrates the ability to create and analyze art; evaluate aesthetics; and synthesize interrelationships among the arts, the humanities, and society       

Objective 1: Creates art

  • Skill 1:  Demonstrates knowledge of fundamentals of genres
  • Skill 2:   Uses technique to create original works of art

Objective 2: Analyzes art

  • Skill 1:  Possesses a base knowledge of art forms
  • Skill 2:  Uses base knowledge to critique art works

Objective 3: Evaluates aesthetics

  • Skill 1:  Demonstrates knowledge of systems of aesthetics as those vary through time and among cultures
  • Skill 2:  Evaluates relationship of content and form in art works

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

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

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

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