Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning
Written and Oral Communication:
Of the six required learning outcomes for courses in this category, the learning outcome that requires students to “communicate quantitative analysis or mathematical solutions in written or oral form” can be met through poster sessions, analytic essays, class demonstrations, and letter writing (an example of which is given in John Bean’s Engaging Ideas, available upon request: contact Dennis Paoli at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learning outcomes and the assignments/activities that demonstrate how the class will attain those outcomes should be included in the course syllabus (link to syllabus template). The Writing Across the Curriculum Program and the Reading/Writing Center can provide consultation and sample assignments.
Critical Reading and Research:
The learning outcomes for this category do not specify research and information literacy.
The Common Core learning outcome for critical thinking, that students should be able to “evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically,” can be met through assignments and activities that also meet the Written and Oral Communication learning outcomes and the Research and Information Literacy outcomes.
Academic activities that require students to perform research also require that students “evaluate evidence” in evaluating the sources they find and that they assess “critically” the articles and data those sources provide. So do writing assignments and oral presentations, expository or argumentative.
The assignments and activities below meet more than one of the common learning outcomes:
(A course can meet several of the Common Core required learning outcomes by using these assignments/activities.)
Written and Oral Communication (WO),
Critical Thinking (CT),
Research and Information Literacy (RIL).
2 required outcomes:
- Annotated bibliography (CT/RIL)
- Analytic essay (WO/CT)
- Compare/contrast essay (WO/CT)
- Expository essay (WO/CT)
- Summary essay (WO/CT)
- Lab report (WO/CT)
- Debating (WO/CT)
The following assignments and activities can meet at least two learning outcomes if students are directed to “evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically” in the process:
- Personal essay (WO/CT)
- Letter writing (WO/CT)
- Online discussion (WO/CT)
- Panel discussion (WO/CT)
- Speeches (WO/CT)
- Role playing (WO/CT).
3 (all) required outcomes:
- Documented research paper, Bibliographic essay (literature review), Book report/review
- Any of the assignments and activities in “2 required outcomes,” except the Annotated bibliography, can meet all three required learning outcomes if they include academic research (RIL), i.e. “gathering, interpreting, and assessing information from a variety of sources and points of view.”