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Cornerstone Program Learning Outcomes: Writing in the Disciplines Learning Outcomes

This guide contains links to the current learning outcomes for each of the Cornerstone Program requirements.

Cornerstone Program Learning Outcomes: Writing in the Disciplines

Students in all WID courses will demonstrate:

  • a general awareness of the discipline or field and its genres and conventions of writing and inquiry, including research methods, analysis, argumentation, the nature of evidence, documentation, and style. (Disciplinary knowledge and inquiry.)

  • the ability to read critically within a discipline or field, to annotate texts, and to gather and interpret evidence. (Active reading).

  • the ability to thoroughly (systematically and methodically) analyze their own and others' assumptions when presenting a position within the larger context of a discipline or field. (Examining assumptions.)

  • the ability to critically state, describe, and clarify the issue or problem to be considered so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions. (Explanation of issues.)

  • the ability to understand context, audience, and purpose in response to an assigned writing task or assignment  (Context and purpose for writing.)

  • the ability to use appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to explore ideas through writing within the context of the course or discipline in order to shape the work as a whole. (Content development.)

  • the ability to formulate and clearly express a specific position (perspective, point of view, argument, thesis, or hypothesis) that takes into account the complexities of an issue while acknowledging other points of view and previous research or scholarship within a discipline or field. (Point of view.)

  • the ability to access information using effective, well-designed search strategies and information sources appropriate to a discipline or field; communicate, organize and synthesize information from sources to fully achieve a specific purpose, with clarity and depth. (Accessing and organizing information.)

  • the ability to use credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of the writing and document sources using appropriate citation formats.  (Sources and evidence.)

  • the ability to draw conclusions that are logically tied to a range of information, including opposing viewpoints; clearly identify related outcomes, consequences, and implications. (Conclusions and related outcomes.)

  • the ability to clearly convey meaning to readers in straightforward language that is generally free of grammatical and mechanical errors.  (Control of syntax and mechanics.) 


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