Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives

For Composition Courses

English 1A

Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives

Students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate college-level proficiency in all of the following:

  • Clear and effective communication of meaning.
  • An identifiable focus, tailored to a particular audience and purpose (argumentative essays will state their thesis clearly and show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing point of view).
  • The ability to perform effectively the essential steps of the writing process (prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing).
  • The ability to explain, analyze, develop, and criticize ideas effectively.
  • Effective use within their own essays of supporting material drawn from reading or other sources.
  • Effective organization within the paragraph and the essay.
  • Accuracy, variety, and clarity of sentences.
  • Appropriate diction.
  • Control of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement).
Student Learning Objectives
  • SLO 1: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to perform effectively the essential steps in the writing process (prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing).
  • SLO 2: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to express (explain, analyze, develop, and criticize) ideas effectively.
  • SLO 3: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to use correct grammar (syntax, mechanics, and citation of sources) at a college level of sophistication.
  • SLO 4: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to write for different audiences.

English 1B

Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives

Building on the college-level proficiencies required in English 1A, students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate advanced proficiency in all of the following:

  • Clear and effective communication of meaning.
  • An identifiable focus (argumentative essays will state their thesis clearly and will show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing point of view).
  • An appropriate voice that demonstrates an awareness of audience and purpose.
  • Careful attention to review and revision.
  • Effective and correct use of supporting materials, including independent research (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing sources);
  • Effective analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of ideas encountered in multiple readings.
  • Effective organization and development of ideas at paragraph and essay levels.
  • Appropriate and effective sentence structure and diction.
  • Command of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference, agreement).
Student Learning Objectives
  • SLO 1: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to refine the competencies established in Written Communication 1A.
  • SLO 2: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to use (locate, analyze, and evaluate) supporting materials, including independent library research, and identify key concepts and terms that describe the information needed.
  • SLO 3: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to select efficient and effective approaches for accessing information utilizing an appropriate investigative method or information retrieval system.
  • SLO 4: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to synthesize ideas encountered in multiple readings.
  • SLO 5: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to incorporate principles of design and communication to construct effective arguments.
  • SLO 6: Students shall write complete essays that demonstrate the ability to identify and discuss issues related to censorship and freedom of speech.