CLASS Department Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Technical Communication

1. Professionalism within the field of TC (e.g., skills in written communication, visual communication, technical writing, editing, critical thinking, and oral presentation).

2. Ability to conduct original research in TC and related fields intellectual breadth and depth in TC.

3. Ability to work collaboratively and understand the way TC projects are products of negotiated interaction.


Learning Outcomes for Area 1: Communication

1. Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and adverse points of view.

2. Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

3. Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

4. Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

5. Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of communication.

6. Engage in reasoned civil discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


Learning Outcomes for Area 4: Social Sciences

1. Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.

2. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

3. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

4. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.


Learning Outcomes for Area 5: Humanities

1. Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).

2. Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).

3. Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

4. Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


Learning Outcomes for Graduate Certificate in Scientific and Professional Writing

1. Students will demonstrate graduate-level writing and editing.

2. Students will demonstrate a graduate-level understanding of key scholarship and research, history, current issues, and cultural matters in scientific and professional writing.

3. Students will demonstrate a graduate-level ability to connect theory with practice in one or both of the following ways:
(a) creating effective documents in scientific and professional genres,
(b) performing proficiently in the use of software technology.

4. Students will demonstrate a graduate-level understanding of ethical issues for scientific and professional writers.