1.3 FY Specific Learning Outcomes: Second Semester

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By the end of their second semester, students will have the ability to:

  1. CRITICAL THINKING
    1. Relate skills and knowledge between one course and another
    2. Brainstorm new ideas and transform ideas/work into something new (creative thinking)
    3. Draw conclusions based on research findings
    4. Explore academic and career options and assess relevance to their interests and strengths
    5. Apply the critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to their own research in a variety of contexts and courses
    6. Generate original or creative solutions to complex problems
  2. WRITING
    1. Formulate research questions or hypotheses
    2. Organize sources on research topics in the form of a literature review
    3. Conduct primary or secondary research to suggest answers to research questions
  3. CRITICAL READING
    1. Evaluate main ideas and supports from a variety of academic books, articles, and other texts such as non-print media
    2. Articulate relationships between and among texts and other knowledge
    3. Infer and identify the author’s purpose, audience, tone, and other stylistic elements;
    4. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an argument and of a research article
  4. ORAL SKILLS
    1. Contribute to and occasionally lead class discussions
    2. Organize presentations on research findings, inter-textual threads and themes
    3. Deliver well-organized, logical, and informative presentations that demonstrate the ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources
  5. INFORMATION LITERACY
    1. Demonstrate the ability to narrow or broaden a topic in order to choose appropriate and research topics and questions
    2. Critically read and evaluate information
    3. Determine which databases are most appropriate to use for stated purposes
    4. Describe the ways academic research is conducted in different fields and the methods and resources used in order to better understand the structure of academic disciplines
    5. Select information appropriate to needs
    6. Correctly cite sources, in order to create lists of references and avoid plagiarism
    7. Build search statements using keywords and search connectors in order to find the most relevant results within databases
    8. Distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals, as well as primary and secondary documents in order to select the most appropriate resources for research
  6. WORKING IN TEAMS
    1. Demonstrate willingness and ability to work cooperatively with others
    2. Understand and undertake specific roles on a team
    3. Take responsibility for contributing to presentations/performances and products
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