Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Composition I (125/126 or 150) Learning Outcomes

a) Outcomes Established by Fort Lewis College  for Composition I

After satisfactorily completing this course, students will have experience in the following four areas:

1. Rhetorical knowledge

  • Learn to identify rhetorical situation, including audience, purpose, exigencies, and constraints
  • Identify rhetorical appeals (pathos, logos, ethos)
  • Use voice, tone, format, and structure appropriately
  • Read and write academic texts

2. Experience in the writing and research process

  • Develop invention, revision, editing, and proofreading strategies through multiple drafts
  • Learn to critique others’ work and receive feedback from a variety of sources including peers, one-on-one conferencing, and/or campus support services
  • Use at least one research tool appropriate to library/campus resources
  • Utilize primary and secondary sources while maintaining official standards of academic integrity

3. Critical thinking and communication strategies

  • Establish rhetorical situation in own writing
  • Apply course concepts to appropriate situations
  • Utilize rhetorical appeals
  • Use content and style appropriate to academic audiences

4. Awareness of writing conventions

  • Develop effective organizational strategies
  • Use specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation
  • Develop and support a main claim through a cohesive and structured argument
  • Demonstrate competency in mechanical and stylistic features
  • Control features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
b) The state-level goals for Introductory (CO-1) courses are listed below:

Develop Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Focus on rhetorical situation, audience and purpose
  • Use voice, tone, format, and structure appropriately
  • Write and read texts written in at least one genre for an academic discourse community.

Develop Experience in Writing Processes

  • Use multiple drafts
  • Develop strategies for generating ideas, revising, editing, and proofreading
  • Learn to critique own and other’s work
  • Use at least one technology (writing and research tool).


Develop Understanding of Writing Conventions

  • Select appropriate format for different writing tasks
  • Apply genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics
  • Use specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation appropriately
  • Control features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Develop Effective Communication Strategies, including

  • Ability to compose a message for a specific audience and purpose
  • Ability to communicate to peers in academic audiences
  • Ability to adapt content and style to respond to the needs of peers in academic audiences and academic rhetorical situations.

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