Student Learning Outcomes and Course Criteria

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PROFICIENCIES AND EXPERIENCES

 To prepare you both for career development and for ongoing learning, the UC requires all undergraduates to develop and refine writing, quantitative reasoning, oral communication, and information literacy skills beyond the introductory level provided through Foundations courses. The UC also encourages all undergraduates to apply curricular knowledge to the diverse, global communities in which they will live and work. The following UC Proficiencies and Experiences, required of all undergraduate students, may be met through credit-bearing course work or approved, non-credit activities that have been identified as meeting the SLOs associated with that proficiency requirement.

Community Engagement (CE)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the CE proficiency include graded coursework that requires you to engage in a community outside of SMU and apply your classroom learning to meet a community need. This can be done through coursework with a significant community service requirement, coursework that includes an internship, coursework in which students work with non-campus clients, etc. (NOTE: Coursework in which you leave class to observe and even reflect on places/occurrences beyond your classroom is not sufficient to meet this proficiency.)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate analytical and practical skills necessary for engaged, informed citizenship through addressing specific needs in a community.
  2. Students will be able to apply academic learning to a community engagement activity.

Global Engagement (GE)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the GE proficiency include graded coursework that reflects substantive intellectual engagement with concerns related to non-US cultures or to immigrant cultures within the United States.  This focus should be central to course content and not an isolated or peripheral unit.

Student Learning Outcome

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the material culture, underlying values, beliefs, or practices that are central to the culture(s) being visited or studied.

Human Diversity (HD)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the HD proficiency include graded coursework that requires you to explore in a reflective way basic issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, or societies in the developing world. This focus should be central to course content and not an isolated or peripheral unit.

Student Learning Outcome

  1. With respect to issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, or societies in the developing world, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical, cultural, social, or political conditions of identity formation and function in human society, including the ways in which these conditions influence individual or group status, treatment, or accomplishments.

Information Literacy (IL)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the Information Literacy proficiency include graded coursework that requires you to engage in independent research, identifying, evaluating, and using material beyond what is provided by the professor or covered in class. Courses with annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and multiple-staged research papers, reports or projects will typically satisfy this requirement. This proficiency cannot be met with coursework used to satisfy the Discernment and Discourse Foundation requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to select and use the appropriate research methods and search tools for needed information.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate sources for quality of information for a given information need.

Oral Communication (OC)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the Oral Communication proficiency include graded coursework that requires you to make at least one formal, public oral presentation.  This requirement cannot be met through class participation. This proficiency cannot be satisfied with DISC 1312.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to select and use appropriate forms of evidence in a public presentation.
  2. Students will be able to design verbal messages to suit particular audiences and purposes.
  3. Students will be able to use visual cues (such as presentation software, staging, props, costumes, makeup, and gesture) to enhance a public presentation.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning proficiency include graded coursework that provides mathematical or statistical problems, formula, graphs, or charts demonstrating how these items were applied in the course. Course syllabi, sample test problems, writing samples, or oral presentations in which mathematical or statistical problems, formula, graphs, or charts were used as support be considered. This proficiency cannot be met through coursework used to satisfy your Quantitative Foundation or MATH 1303/1304.

Student Learning Outcomes

(3 of the following seven)

  1. Students will be able to develop quantitative models as related to the course subject matter.
  2. Students will be able to assess the strengths and limitations of quantitative models and methods.
  3. Students will be able to apply symbolic systems of representation.
  4. Students will be able to collect, organize and analyze data from a variety of sources.
  5. Students will be able to formulate structured and logical arguments.
  6. Students will be able to test hypotheses and make recommendations or predictions based on results.
  7. Students will be able to communicate and represent quantitative information or results numerically, symbolically, aurally, visually, verbally, or in writing.

Second Language (SL)

Student Learning Outcomes

For ALL WLL languages except Latin

SECOND SEMESTER 
  1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple, sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, using familiar vocabulary and structures.
  2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information using familiar vocabulary and structures. 
  3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to express themselves in uncomplicated communi­cative situations related to familiar topics by responding to direct questions or requests for infor­mation, with responses typically consisting of short statements and discrete sentences. 
  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to write short, simple communications and requests for information in loosely connected texts framed in present time, with some references to other time frames.

THIRD SEMESTER
  1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple sentence-length speech on familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short non-complex narrative and descriptive speech using familiar vocabulary and structures.
  2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short narrative and descriptive texts using familiar vocabulary and structures. 
  3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to interact effectively in straightforward, concrete conversational situations, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for infor­mation. 
  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to communicate simple facts and ideas in a series of loosely connected sentences on familiar topics, primarily in present time, with some references to other time frames.

FOURTH SEMESTER
  1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive speech on familiar topics.
  2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive texts on familiar topics. 
  3. Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to converse effectively when dealing with familiar tasks and social situations. They can narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length. 
  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.

Latin ONLY

SECOND SEMESTER

Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted Latin text with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify basic noun usage and verb aspects in context of adapted Latin text.

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin forms and phrases as directed.

THIRD SEMESTER

Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted and authentic Latin text using familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of adapted and authentic Latin text.

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to simple Latin questions.

FOURTH SEMESTER

Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand passages of authentic Latin text, both prose and poetry, with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of authentic Latin text

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to Latin questions.

Writing (W)

Basic Course Criteria

Courses that satisfy the Writing proficiency include graded coursework that requires you to compose coherent, well-supported, and carefully edited essays and/or reports that analyze, evaluate or synthesize information and concepts presented in the course.

These writing assignments must constitute a substantial and clearly understood component of the final course grade. The courses must require at least two separate, formal writing assignments totaling at least 4000 words or 15 pages. In-class essays and journals cannot be used to satisfy the writing proficiency because the requirement stipulates that students employ the full range of the writing process, from rough draft to edited product. This proficiency cannot be met through coursework used to satisfy your Discernment and Discourse Foundation requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will state and defend a thesis with adequate attention to analysis and evidence.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of essay and paragraph development and organization.
  3. Students will craft sentences with attention to audience, purpose, and tone, as well as sentence variety and diction.
  4. Students will demonstrate proper use of grammatically and mechanically correct English (or the language in which the course is taught)