1.2 FY Specific Learning Outcomes: First Semester

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By the end of the FY first semester, students will have the ability to:

  1. CRITICAL THINKING
    1. Engage in self-discovery and become aware of strengths and interests
    2. Ask pertinent questions
    3. Differentiate between facts and opinions
    4. Accurately summarize information
    5. Identify different elements or component parts in a variety of genres of texts and/or experiences
    6. Identify evidence-conclusion relationships (develop rational arguments)
    7. Analyze and evaluate arguments, explore options and draw conclusions
    8. Evaluate one’s own performance individually and on a team
    9. Present a scientific argument based on various sources
  2. WRITING
    1. Write analytically for a variety of contexts showing an awareness of audience and using appropriate persuasive strategies
    2. Formulate original and logical arguments with appropriate supporting evidence
    3. Write original responses to texts, a situation, or an idea
    4. Ability to integrate at least 5-8 sources into an essay
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by incorporating feedback from one draft to another
    6. Respond to short, college-level, analytical assignments using appropriate voice,structure and style
  3. CRITICAL READING
    1. Appreciate the value of reading in a variety of genres, including media literacy
    2. Articulate responses and personal interpretations of a text
    3. Summarize the main points/arguments/counterarguments of readings with major supports
    4. Identify inferred meanings and implications of an argument or work of fiction
    5. Recognize missing elements/limitations of a text or argument
    6. Identify distinctive elements of a writer’s style including use of words and language, as well as appeals to emotion, logic, and ethics
  4. ORAL SKILLS
    1. Contribute effectively to class discussions
    2. Ability to give short presentations about research done, texts read, or papers written
    3. Present cogent arguments and contribute to rebuttals in debates supported by substantive and reliable information
  5. INFORMATION LITERACY
    1. Determine the extent and nature of information needed
    2. Access information efficiently and effectively
    3. Integrate and use information to accomplish a specific purpose
    4. Understand cultural, ethical, social, legal and economic issues surrounding the use of information
    5. Explain the AUC academic integrity policy in order to recognize and value ethics in an academic environment
    6. Utilize techniques to avoid plagiarism
    7. Locate books and other materials in the library collection in order to understand the organization and availability of resources
    8. Navigate the library website in order to efficiently access library materials
    9. Identify keywords and synonyms in order to conduct efficient and flexible searches
    10. Analyze websites in order to identify the most relevant and credible online resources
  6. WORKING IN TEAMS
    1. Employ effective skills for effective group process, such as holding themselves and others accountable, employ problem solving strategies
    2. Give and receive feedback in planning and managing presentation tasks
    3. Create group cohesion by being open, trustful, supportive and respectful
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