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Language 120 Course Description and Student Learning Outcomes

Language 120 Course Description

This four-hour Information Literacy Intensive course fulfills UNC Asheville’s Integrative Liberal Studies Program requirement for first year composition. Instructors may choose from among a variety of rhetoric textbooks, anthologies, handbooks, films, and other materials to accomplish the shared student learning outcomes of Language 120; they may, if they wish, build the class around a specific unifying theme. Various organizational strategies and types of assignments may be used, including the narrative and the research paper, as well as an annotated bibliography. In Language 120, students will develop their academic writing skills. The course emphasizes writing as a tool of discovery and analysis, practice in active, critical reading, and attention to audience, purpose and structure. It also introduces students to writing conventions of various discourse communities.

Language 120 Course Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Language 120, students must demonstrate competency as outlined in the following course student learning outcomes, ratified by a final course grade of at least a C-.

1. Students demonstrate through writing multiple drafts marked by increasing clarity and understanding that they can use writing as a tool of discovery, learning, and creative thinking.

2. Students demonstrate by repeated practice that they can apply the recursive writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

3. Students demonstrate in specific assignments that they can respond appropriately to various communication situations according to their purpose and audience.

4. Students demonstrate by revision of several assignments that they recognize their individual strengths and revise weaknesses in organization, coherence, style, and structure.

5. Students demonstrate in the annotated bibliography assignment that they have developed the ability to pose an authentic research question, and find, summarize, analyze, and evaluate relevant sources accurately.

6. Students demonstrate in a complete research essay that they can integrate material from primary and secondary sources according to appropriate documentation conventions, using source material honestly and appropriately.


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