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Essential Learning Outcome:

Written and Oral Communication (WOC)*


Definition: The development and expression of ideas in writing, drawing upon appropriate genres and styles. This designation indicates an emphasis on writing within the discipline, and includes the concomitant skill of presenting originally composed material in oral format




Students must demonstrate knowledge of and/or skill in four of the following criteria:

1.          The purpose, context and audience for writing.

2.         Demonstrate clarity in writing using style that is well-suited to the context of the discipline and assignment, including appropriate voice, tone, and levels of formality.

3.         Selecting compelling and appropriate content.

4.         Organizing and advancing a written argument and coherently supporting that argument with evidence.

5.          Citing source materials according to the appropriate disciplinary style, when necessary.

6.         Delivery of originally composed material in an oral presentation.


Sample Activities or Assignments

  • Prepare a review of relevant research literature that provides a cohesive argument for future research in a given area. [Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


  • Develop a thesis based on an examination of primary sources, in which the student includes an analysis of meaningful and significant sources. [Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


  • Complete a journal throughout the duration of a math course in which the student evaluates different solutions to problems and documents and critiques the development of his/her problem solving abilities.  This assignment would also provide evidence of problem solving skill development. [Criteria 1, 2 and 3]


  • Essay writing (depending on the subject area) that might be analytical, descriptive, creative or persuasive.


  • Develop and deliver an oral presentation for informational or persuasive purposes, applying essential communication skills noted above, and including relevant and necessary visual representations of information. [Criteria 3, 4, 5, 6]


* Cannot be met by College Writing I and II

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