ENGL 1101/13 learning outcomes
- Reading and rhetorical analysis. By the end of College Composition I, students should be able to comprehend, analyze and evaluate professional writing strategies in a variety of academic genres (expository, argumentative, analytical and/or narrative), demonstrating awareness of subject, purpose and audience.
- Critical thinking and writing. By the end of College Composition I, students should be able to produce successful essays with a formality appropriate to the subject, purpose and audience in various academic genres (expository, argumentative, analytical and/or narrative), demonstrating with logic, critical analysis and creativity the ability to summarize, analyze and evaluate lengthy articles relevant to contemporary society.
- Processes of invention and revision. By the end of College Composition I, students should be able to write successful multi-draft essays using process strategies (inventing, organizing, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading), demonstrating both awareness of writing as an open, recursive process and the ability to control style and syntax using the conventions of Standard English.
- Extemporaneous writing. By the end of College Composition I, students should be able to interpret, digest and synthesize complex ideas from assigned readings, and complete a response essay (inventing, drafting, revising and editing) within a fixed time.
- Knowledge of research conventions. By the end of College Composition I, students should be able to evaluate, analyze and synthesize a variety of appropriate sources, incorporating them effectively and ethically into coherent formal writing, using proper MLA documentation.
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Reading and rhetorical analysis. By the end of ENGL 1101/13, students should be able to do the following:
- Focus on a purpose for writing.
- Respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations and academic audiences.
- Use conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
- Support ideas with data and examples to interest and persuade readers.
- Demonstrate a sense of academic voice, tone and formality appropriate to the subject, the writer's purpose, the context and the reader's expectations.
- Write in several academic genres, such as expository, argumentative and/or narrative essays.
- Use a variety of technologies to address a range of audiences.
Critical thinking and writing. By the end of ENGL 1101/13, students should be able to do the following:
- Use reading and writing for inquiry, learning, thinking and communicating.
- Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing appropriate sources.
- Develop critical thinking skills through narrative, expository and/or argumentative essays.
- Understand a variety of modes on a variety of subjects.
- Incorporate and synthesize thoroughly developed and complex ideas in longer readings.
- Recognize, explain and incorporate evidence in support of main ideas.
- Analyze, evaluate and write about assigned readings.
- Recognize writing techniques and logical strategies in professional model essays.
- Identify and use logical appeals, vocabulary and concepts that published authors use to make their points.
Processes of invention and revision. By the end of ENGL 1101/13, students should be able to do the following:
- Create and complete successful final essays through multiple drafts.
- Write papers using process strategies that include discovering, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading.
- Understand writing as an open, recursive process that permits writers to use later invention and rethinking to revise work.
- Recognize the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes and demonstrate an ability to critique their own writing and the writing of others.
- Balance the advantages of collaboration with the responsibility of doing individual work.
Extemporaneous writing. By the end of ENGL 1101/13, students should be able to do the following:
- Understand and analyze essay questions, topics, prompts and/or assignments.
- Demonstrate creativity, fluency and style to invent, organize, develop and support ideas on common knowledge topics in extemporaneous compositions.
- Interpret, digest and synthesize complex ideas in extemporaneous compositions.
- Demonstrate the ability to go through the writing process—inventing, drafting, revising and editing—in the available time.
Knowledge of research conventions. By the end of ENGL 1101/13, students should be able to do the following:
- Utilize common formats for different kinds of texts.
- Develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from essay structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics.
- Demonstrate appropriate means of documenting their work.
- Control surface features, such as syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- Demonstrate proficiency in basic elements of MLA (Modern Language Association) documentation style.
- Follow the conventions of Standard American English.
- Conduct research online and evaluate its appropriateness.
- Locate, evaluate, interpret and synthesize various types of sources to cultivate an academic perspective in the information age.
- Demonstrate skills in word processing and computer-based research.
- Write essays with coherent, clear organization and controlling ideas.