Composition I

During the Spring 2019 General Education Assemblies for Learning Outcomes, faculty groups began to develop learning outcomes for each general education category. The drafting of the Composition I Requirement took a slightly different approach, utilizing a separate process involving leaders from the University’s three Composition I programs, leading to the creation of the draft learning outcomes for Composition I listed below.

After taking a course in Composition I, students will be able to:

  1. Writing as a Process: After taking a Composition I course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the writing process, including topic identification, research, outlining, drafting, incorporating peer and instructor feedback, editing, and revising in and/or across multiple pieces of academic writing.
  2. Rhetorical Situation: After taking a Composition I course, students will be able to analyze and evaluate a rhetorical situation (author, audience, purpose, context) and compose cogent, persuasive arguments for a variety of audiences.
  3. Research Inquiry: After taking a Composition I course, students will be able to develop research questions, to locate and evaluate sources, and to produce research-based arguments.
  4. Writing with Sources: After taking a Composition I course, students will be able to integrate (through paraphrasing, quoting, and/or summarizing), synthesize, and cite sources in their writing using one or more academic style guides.
  5. TBD: A SLO focusing on writing products.*

*In Progress

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