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Autumn 2017-2018

Catalog update: 

May 15, 2017

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​First Year Program

Chicago Quarter Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and integrate the academic content and their experiences across the city.
  • Articulate connections between the course content and at least two of these four concepts that reflect the mission of DePaul University:
      • Diversity.
      • Social responsibility.
      • Human dignity.
      • Urban sustainability.
  • Showcase self-development and personal growth as a university student.
  • Describe how their course prepares them to embark on the remainder of their liberal studies education.
  • Articulate educational, career, and financial goals.
  • Demonstrate awareness of strategies and resources needed to achieve academic success.

Focal Point Seminar Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze work from at least three different fields in their written work for the course.
  • Participate actively in advancing the collective intellectual understanding of the course topic through class discussions.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and assess varying degrees of mediation and interpretation in specific source materials.
  • Construct arguments based on evidence and the work and interpretations of other sources.
  • Revise papers in response to the instructor’s comments.
  • Produce a project with a central argument, in which all parts of the project support the central argument.

First Year Writing Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Define and focus on a purpose or purposes.
  • Interpret and respond to different audiences.
  • Respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations.
  • Apply conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
  • Apply appropriate tone, diction, and level of formality.
  • Demonstrate how genres shape reading and writing.
  • Write in several genres.
  • Employ writing and reading for inquiry, thinking, and communicating.
  • Respond and evaluate texts in multiple genres and media.
  • Demonstrate that a writing assignment is a series of tasks that includes finding, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  • Integrate their own ideas with those of others.
  • Interpret and explain the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. 
  • Recognize and articulate the value of using multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text.
  • Exhibit flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proof-reading.
  • Demonstrate understanding that writing is an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-thinking to revise their work.
  • Explain the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes.
  • Critique their own and others’ works.
  • Apply a variety of technologies to address a range of audiences.
  • Demonstrate competency in using common formats for different kinds of text.
  • Apply a variety of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics.
  • Correctly document their work.
  • Correctly apply in their writing such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and sharing texts including scholarly library databases, other official databases, and informal electronic networks and internet sources.
  • Understand and exploit the differences in the rhetorical strategies and in the affordances available for both print and electronic composing processes and texts.
  • Articulate, for multiple audiences, meaning-making capabilities of textual, graphic, auditory, and video modes.
  • Compose in multiple modes with intended rhetorical effects and articulate the steps taken to achieve those effects.
  • Contextualize meaning-making capabilities of multimodality for academic, professional, and community audiences.