When writing your course objectives, please use the verbs listed below.  Remember, students need to be able to demonstrate these skills.  The lower level skills are acceptable for non-credit and basic skills courses, and the skills should progress upward with the degree level.  Transferable courses need critical thinking skills.

simple skills <<------------------------------->> complex skills

  Critical Thinking

Knowledge

define
repeat
record
list
recall
name
relate
underline








 

Comprehension

translate
restate
discuss
describe
recognize
explain
express
identify
locate
report
review
tell




 

Application

interpret
apply
employ
use
demonstrate
dramatize
practice
illustrate
operate
schedule
shop
sketch




 

Analysis

distinguish
analyze
differentiate
appraise
calculate
experiment
test
compare
contrast
criticize
diagram
inspect
debate
inventory
question
relate
solve
examine
categorize

Synthesis

compose
plan
propose
design
formulate
arrange
assemble
collect
construct
create
set up
organize
prepare

 

 

Evaluation

judge
appraise
evaluate
rate
compare
value
revise
score
select
choose
assess
estimate
measure