Bates Outcomes Builder

The Bates Outcomes Builder provides a step-by-step process for the creation of clear and measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Learning outcomes are created in the CABD format, which stands for Condition, Audience, Behavior, and Degree.

We use the following theoretical frameworks:


This is an example of an outcome created by Bates Outcome Builder.
Each part of the outcome is color coded.

  • Condition

    circumstance, specification, setting

  • Audience

    the student

  • Behavior

    intent or performance expected

  • Degree

    acceptable level of performance

"At successful completion of this course students will be able to describe mill setup procedures for work piece and fixture offsets."


Please state the conditions under which students will be expected to demonstrate this outcome.

Bates syllabi and Master Course Outlines (MCOs) usually say:
"At successful completion of this course..."


Typically, the generic term "students" is used, however be specific if writing your outcome for a narrow population.

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Select a Domain

  • The Cognitive domain consists of thinking and development of intellectual skills
  • The Affective domain consists of how people interact with emotions and feelings
  • The Psychomotor domain consists of a person's physical movement, coordination, and use of the motor-skill


Select a Level

Level Definition & Example



Each domain is broken into different levels. Each level represents an increase in difficulty of mastery. The levels are listed simple (top) to complex (bottom)


Select a Verb



Please give a brief description of the product your audience will interact with. Refer to the example for details.


State the level of accuracy that you deem "proficient".

Examples: in a clinic/shop environment, with 80% accuracy, to industry standards.

Finished Product

Your Student Learning Outcome (SLO) is now complete!

  • , will be able to.


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- , will be able to .

Adapted with permission from the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida