Course Goals

Goals for all courses in the Department of English, including those that meet requirements for NCATE certification, are described at In accordance with the English Department content and skill goals for undergraduate students, students will

  • demonstrate knowledge of various forms of written texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, essay, and other literary genres (Department of English Goal 1.1);
  • demonstrate knowledge of standard reference tools, methods, and forms of documentation used in scholarly research (Department of English Goal 1.7);
  • understand that composing is a practice that covers a wide range of processes, functions, purposes, rhetorical situations and strategies, an categories of discourse (Department of English Goal 3.1);
  • display a broad view of what constitutes texts, including both print and non-print media, and demonstrate an understanding that technological advancements can change both what is considered text and how text is prepared (Department of English Goal 3.2);
  • recognize such characteristics of good writing as substantial and relevant content, organization, clarity, appropriateness of tone, and correctness in mechanics and usage (Department of English Goal 3.3);
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the processes appropriate to composing in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences and purposes (Department of English Goal 3.4);
  • construct persuasive arguments based on careful analysis and deliberation and using a voice and format suitable for the intended audience (Department of English Goal 3.5);
  • write research papers on appropriate topics, demonstrating correct use of standard reference tools, methods, and technology and of primary and secondary sources and providing proper documentation of sources (Department of English Goal 3.6);
  • demonstrate average mastery of these characteristics and processes as measured by the English Department’s Rubric for Writing/English Courses (Department of English Goal 3.7); and
  • demonstrate the ability to speak clearly, confidently, and in conformity with current standards of usage (Department of English Goal 3.8).

In accordance with the English Department core goals for technological skills (Goal 5), students will be able to

  • use technology to prepare documents (advanced word processing) (Department of English Goal 5.1);
  • use technology to learn content (researching online, critically evaluating materials found on the Internet and in other electronic media, documenting material correctly) (Department of English Goal 5.2);
  • use technology to collaborate with other writers (e.g., cooperative editing if appropriate) (Department of English Goal 5.3);
  • use technology to communicate effectively with audiences (using such vehicles as web pages, e-mail, and/or discussion lists) (Department of English Goal 5.4); and
  • use technology to deliver information (using such vehicles as presentations, page design, and/or desktop publishing) in a rhetorically effective manner (Department of English Goal 5.5).

At the 500- and 600-level, students should be able to meet the five basic undergraduate goals for technological skills and also be able to

  • exploit existing technologies for literary study (e.g. making best use of online reference works, online text collections and archival materials, etc.) (Department of English Goal 5.12);
  • incorporate technology into classroom presentations (Department of English Goal 5.13);
  • consider alternative electronic means of presenting critical and creative viewpoints (Department of English Goal 5.14); and
  • understand the technological implications for publishing and presenting scholarly paper (Department of English Goal 5.15).

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