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Written Communication Student Learning Outcomes

(6 credits)




1. Demonstrate effective use of technologies appropriate to the task and discipline.

Technological competencies

New media literacies

Inter-personal skills

Communication and presentation skills

Creative thinking

For those students who have worked in a group presentation:

Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Demonstrated presence as part of a virtual team

2. Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose.

Research and source evaluation skills

Knowledge of library, database, and information systems

Ability to assess source materials and their suitability for targeted application

Ability to locate, organize, and evaluate sources from a variety of sources

Critical thinking

3. Create persuasive and well-reasoned arguments that are appropriate to topic and purpose.

Critical thinking

Creative thinking

Written communication skills

Ability to formulate and support an argument

Ability to solve problems

Ability to develops strategies

Leadership skills

5. Communicate in writing with an awareness of audience, by using language conventions appropriate to the occasion and task.

Communication skills

Inter-personal skills

Cultural competencies

Leadership skills

6. Analyze texts, sources, and argumentation, identify cause and effect relationships and recognize fallacies of argument.

Analytical skills

Critical thinking

Qualitative reasoning


Problem solving

Creative thinking

7. Use and document sources and evidence in an ethical manner.

Demonstrated excellence in source documentation

Professional behavior*: knowledge of ethical practices for source documentation and regulation

Research and communication skills