Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Awareness

Learn strategies for analyzing texts’ audiences, purposes, and contexts as a means of developing facility in reading and writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • 1A. identify the purposes of, intended audiences for, and arguments in a text, as situated within particular cultural, economic, and political contexts.
  • 1C. analyze how genres shape reading and composing practices.
  • 1D. read in ways that contribute to their rhetorical knowledge as writers.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking and Composing

Use reading and writing for purposes of critical thinking, research, problem solving, action, and participation in conversations within and across different communities.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • 2C. incorporate evidence, such as through summaries, paraphrases, quotations, and visuals.
  • 2E. support ideas or positions with compelling discussion of evidence from multiple sources.

Goal 3: Reflection and Revision

Understand composing processes as flexible and collaborative, drawing upon multiple strategies and informed by reflection.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • 3B. produce multiple revisions on global and local levels.
  • 3C. suggest useful global and local revisions to other writers.
  • 3E. evaluate and act on peer and instructor feedback to revise their texts.
  • 3F. reflect on their progress as academic writers.

Goal 4: Conventions 

Understand conventions as related to purpose, audience, and genre, including such areas as mechanics, usage, citation practices, as well as structure, style, graphics, and design.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • 4A. follow appropriate conventions for grammar, punctuation, and spelling, through practice in composing and revising.
  • 4E. apply citation conventions systematically in their own work.

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