Student Learning Outcomes

The following are the approved learning outcomes for our core curriculum courses:

English 110, 111, 112, 113

Throughout the semester in English 110, 111, 112, or 113, you will progress toward the following student learning outcomes:

Rhetorical Situation and Genre

A. analyze, compose, and reflect on arguments in a variety of genres, considering the strategies, claims, evidence, and various mediums and technologies that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation

Writing as a Social Act

B. describe the social nature of composing, particularly the role of discourse communities at the local, national, and international level

Writing as a Process

C. use multiple approaches for planning, researching, prewriting, composing, assessing, revising, editing, proofreading, collaborating, and incorporating feedback in order to make your compositions stronger in various mediums and using multiple technologies

Grammar and Usage

D. improve your fluency in the dialect of Standardized Written American English at the level of the sentence, paragraph, and document
E. analyze and describe the value of incorporating various languages, dialects, and registers in your own and others’ texts

Reflection

F. evaluate your development as a writer over the course of the semester and describe how composing in multiple genres and mediums using various technologies can be applied in other contexts to advance your goals

Research

G. use writing and research as a means of discovery to examine your personal beliefs in the context of multiple perspectives and to explore focused research questions through various mediums and technologies
H. integrate others’ positions and perspectives into your writing ethically, appropriately, and effectively in various mediums and technologies

English 120

In addition to the outcomes listed above, the following outcomes are added under Research:

Research

I. compose a research-based academic argument in one of various mediums and technologies by identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing sources, which must include secondary sources
J. analyze and describe the writing and research conventions of an academic field in order to understand the different ways of creating and communicating knowledge

English 150: The Study of Literature

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize and analyze basic themes in literature [NEM HED Area V Core Competency 1].
  • Recognize and describe literary conventions in the genres of poetry, fiction and drama [NEM HED Area V Core Competency 5].
  • Write brief essays in response to questions about literature [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 2 and 3; Area V Core Competencies 1 and 5].

English 219: Technical and Professional Writing

  • Analyze Rhetorical Situation: Students will analyze the subject, purpose, audience, and constraints that influence the documents they you write to ensure they achieve specific and useful results [NM HED Area I Core Competency 3].
  • Find and Evaluate Information: Students will gather information from professional, academic, and government sources, evaluating the information they find for quality, validity, and usefulness [NM HED Area I Core Competency 5].
  • Compose Information: Students will develop strategies for generating content and organizing it into a logical structure that is appropriate for their intended users; they will consider ethical influences for the documents they compose; they will work effectively with others to create documents [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 3 and 4].
  • Present Information: Students will edit and revise their writing to provide unambiguous meaning and coherent structure; they will incorporate visual elements to improve the reader’s understanding; they will create an overall design that enhances readability and shows professionalism [NM HED Area I Core Competency 4].

English 220: Expository Writing

  • Analyze Rhetorical Situation: Students will analyze the subject, purpose, audience, and constraints that influence and determine what kind of document (genre) they will write [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 2 and 3].
  • Find and Evaluate Information: Students will develop research strategies for their rhetorical situation, and then gather information from primary and secondary sources; they will evaluate the sources for quality, validity, and appropriateness for the rhetorical situation [NM HED Area I Core Competency 5].
  • Compose Documents: Students will develop strategies for generating content, organizing it into a logical structure, and otherwise shaping it to address the needs of their audience within particular disciplines [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 3 and 4].
  • Present Documents: Students will edit and revise their writing to provide clear meaning and coherent structure; they will use effective document and paragraph structure, documentation and genre conventions, and document design to create a rhetorically complete presentation [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 3, 4, and 5].
  • Reflection: In reflecting on major writing assignments, students will be able to explain course outcomes and how they have achieved them [NM HED Area I Core Competency 1].

English 292/293: World Literatures: Ancient World Through the 16th Century/World Literatures: 17th Century through the Present

Students will be able to:

  • situate key authors and literary works from the earliest literatures of Sumeria to about 1650 (Engl 292) and from about 1650 to the present (Engl 293) within their historical and cultural contexts (in short essays and examinations) [NM HED Area V Core Competencies 2 and 3].
  • compare and contrast works from different cultures and historical periods to those from other cultural traditions and other historical eras examining genre, style, and content or theme (in short essays and examinations) [NM HED Area V Core Competencies 2 and 3];
  • analyze and interpret works from different historical and cultural traditions using appropriate critical terms of literary analysis and responding to questions about genre, style, and content or theme (in short essays and examinations) [NM HED Area I Core Competency 1; Area V Core Competency 1];
  • recognize and evaluate how some literary works reflect historical, national, cultural, and ethnic differences, even as they invoke shared human experiences that may relate to readers and the world today (in short essays and examinations) [NM HED Area V Core Competencies 3 and 4];
  • write with increasing proficiency critical essays characterized by original and insightful theses, supported by logically integrated and sound subordinate ideas, appropriate and pertinent evidence, and good sentence structure, diction, grammar, punctuation, and spelling [NM HED Area I Core Competencies 2 and 3; Area V Core Competencies 1 and 5].