102 Learning Outcomes

Revised Learning Outcomes for ENG 102
College Writing Committee, 5/13

SUNY Required Outcomes:

1. Students will demonstrate the ability to produce coherent texts within common college level forms.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts.

Local Outcomes:

After completing ENG 102 students will be able to:
1. Employ effective writing processes
     -use critical reading and informal writing to generate ideas
     -edit and revise effectively, recognizing the two as distinct activities and developing strategies for generating critical distance when rereading
     -develop a reasonable and informed system of criteria for judging texts
2. Participate as writers in an academic discussion, understanding the conventions, features, and objectives of academic texts
     -develop a claim that matters in the context of a continuing discussion, writing with a sense of intellectual purpose and stake
     -make academic writing articulate a process of thinking, not just recite information
     -understand the differences between the kinds of writing academic writers are called upon to do
     -understand that readers in different disciplines approach text with different expectations and preferences
3. Make ideas cohere effectively in texts
     -imagine meaningful shapes for ideas, so that a text's form is a natural manifestation of what one wants to say
     -recognize identifiable genres and shape texts around different generic expectations where appropriate
     -sequence thoughts effectively, articulating connections between a text's individual discussions
     -marshal and present meaningful evidence
4. Write in a way that's responsive to the texts and voices around one
     -analyze and respond thoughtfully to competing claims
     -evaluate and choose appropriate texts for citation
     -cite effectively and properly, conforming to academic expectations concerning paraphrase, quotation, attribution, and bibliographical forms
     -make informed choices about voice and style, using one's reading as a resource for rhetorical models
5. Reflect thoughtfully on one's own written work
     -assess the effectiveness of individual pieces of writing
     -consider how one's writing skills and practices are related to one's broader intellectual predispositions and habits of mind
6. Adapt to emerging textual technologies and media
     -consider how different media lend themselves to the expression of different sorts of ideas
     -consider how texts acquire new meanings as they circulate through new media to different and sometimes unexpected audiences
7. Write fluently and effectively at the sentence level
     -demonstrate an evolving mastery of standard written American English
     -develop a facility with some range of complex sentence forms
     -understand the conventional, historical, and rhetorical nature of grammatical prescription
     -recognize the function of register, that what counts as appropriate language varies significantly in different contexts, even within the bounds of standard written American English