General Education Course Approval Request
Foundations of Written Communication
 

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Is this course WAC-certified?

Are multiple sections offered?    If yes, is there a common syllabus? 

If there is no common syllabus, how will the department/program maintain consistency of content and objectives?


Foundations of Written Communication description: Learning to communicate effectively is much more than the putting of thoughts and ideas into words.  Writing, in particular, allows us to develop and organize our thoughts and ideas in intelligible and meaningful ways. Effective communication involves the examination of evidence, the development of ideas, and the clear expression of those ideas.  Communication also involves the application of ethical standards when using words or ideas that are not one’s own.  Courses that fulfill this requirement are designed not only to develop students’ writing skills but their ability to think critically -- to question habitual ways of thinking, to move beyond obvious responses, and to develop new ways to see themselves and the world around t hem.

Learning objectives are associated with each category of the General Education Curriculum.  For each learning objective listed below, please:

 

1. Describe how the course will meet the learning objectives; and
2. State where each learning objective will be evidenced (e.g., examples of paper topics, questions on exams, syllabus).  Please be as concrete as possible.

 


Learning objective #1:  Students will produce clear writing that performs specific rhetorical tasks.


How will the course meet this objective?

 


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Learning objective #2:  Students will respond critically to a variety of written materials in order to position their own ideas and arguments relative to the arguments and strategies of others.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

  

Learning objective #3:  Students will use writing not only to communicate but also to think critically -- examining assumptions that underlie the readings and their own writing.

 


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Learning objective #4:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards that apply to the use of external sources in one's writing.

 


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In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the General Education Curriculum has specific overall objectives:

[The] FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view.  It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world.  The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
5. An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives, but we hope that you will consider ways to more fully address them when the new curriculum is introduced in fall 2009.

Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.


General Education objective #1: Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:

 

 

 


General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.  (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

 


How will the course meet this objective?

   

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

 


General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively.  (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

 


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General Education objective #4:  An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

 


General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior. (Please ignore if addressed above under learning objectives.)

How will the course meet this objective?
 

Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

After clicking the "Submit" button below, please send a copy of your course syllabus using the attach function to Diane Aragon at daragon@fau.edu.

 Last Modified 11/25/14