University Learning Outcome

English 120/122 satisfies the General Education Communication Outcome, which states: Students will use a variety of modes, particularly written, oral, artistic, and visual to: effectively communicate analysis, knowledge, understanding, expression and/or conclusions; skillfully use high-quality, credible, relevant sources; demonstrate appropriate conventions in a variety of communication situations; and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences in a variety of contexts.

English 120/122 Specific Learning Outcomes

To satisfy the General Education Communication Outcome, students in English 120/122 learn to communicate in a rhetorically effective manner, in a variety of genres for various audiences, purpose, and situations. English 120/122 emphasizes multimodal and academic genres, and extends reading and writing to include genres common in public communication situations. Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Situation (GAPS) outcomes include the following: 

  • Recognize how genre depends on situation, audience, and purpose through close reading and analysis of a variety of genres (particularly those used in public situations and academic settings).
  • Compose and organize rhetorical content, which may include personal observation, argument, analysis, and synthesis, appropriate for a range of genres, situations, purposes, and audiences.
  • Choose appropriate conventions, writing tone and style, and document design for a range of genres, situations, purposes, and audiences.
  • Demonstrate meta-awareness of rhetorical concepts (genre, audience, purpose, situation, tone/style, etc.) through written reflections.

Additionally, students in English 120/122 learn to integrate knowledge and ideas in a coherent and effective manner. English 120/122 instructs students in library and web research skills and introduces field research as an additional means of finding or generating ideas and knowledge. Integrating Knowledge and Information (IKI) outcomes include the following: 

  • Choose sources that are credible, relevant, and appropriate for a variety of genres, situations, purposes, and audiences. Sources may be popular or scholarly, and print- or web-based, and primary or secondary.
  • Use evidence, some of which may be derived from personal experience and field research, to demonstrate an awareness of a larger conversation and multiple viewpoints surrounding an issue.
  • Integrate evidence appropriately in writing through summary, paraphrase, or direct quotation.
  • Cite sources accurately and consistently in the text and on a Works Cited page, using an established style sheet (such as MLA or APA style). 

In English 120/122,  students will enhance their procedural knowledge in writing and research processes: making choices as writers and researchers that support the development of college reading, writing, and research skills. After taking the course, the writer uses and shows awareness of  recursive, strategic processes for composing and for using sources. Writing and Research Process Knowledge (WRPK) outcomes include the following: 

  • Use and explain their strategies throughout a recursive writing process 
  • Use and explain their strategies throughout a research process for academic inquiry
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