Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) Assessment - Foundations of Written Communication

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Foundations of Written Communication description: Learning to communicate effectively is much more than the putting of thoughts and ideas into words.  Writing, in particular, allows us to develop and organize our thoughts and ideas in intelligible and meaningful ways. Effective communication involves the examination of evidence, the development of ideas, and the clear expression of those ideas.  Communication also involves the application of ethical standards when using words or ideas that are not one’s own.  Courses that fulfill this requirement are designed not only to develop students’ writing skills but their ability to think critically -- to question habitual ways of thinking, to move beyond obvious responses, and to develop new ways to see themselves and the world around t hem.

Learning objectives are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program. For each learning objective listed below, please describe how and where the course will meet each learning objective. In other words, provide the assessment committee a “road map” of where each objective can be found in the course. Some objectives might be readily seen in student papers or exams. Other objectives, however, might be far less “visible.” They might come through course lectures or class discussions, for example. Your responses below need not be lengthy, but you should be as explicit as possible.

 

Learning objective #1: Students will produce clear writing that performs specific rhetorical tasks.


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Learning objective #2:  Students will respond critically to a variety of written materials in order to position their own ideas and arguments relative to the arguments and strategies of others.

 

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Learning objective #3: Students will use writing not only to communicate but also to think critically -- examining assumptions that underlie the readings and their own writing.

 

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Learning objective #4:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards that apply to the use of external sources in one's writing.

 

How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

 


In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the Intellectual Foundations Program has specific overall objectives:

The FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view. It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world. The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
5. An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives.  We do hope, however, that in the future you will explore ways to better integrate the learning objectives into your course.

 

Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.


General Education objective #1: Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:

 

 

 

General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.  (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

 

How and where will the course meet this objective?

   

 

 

General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively.  (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

 

How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

           

 

General Education objective #4:  An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 

How and where will the course meet this objective?

 

 


General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior. (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

How and where will the course meet this objective?
 

 

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