Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 169

Program Level Learning Outcomes
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PROGRAM-LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES
H.
Listening Skills
1. Demonstrate a mastery of basic English
vocabulary.
2. Demonstrate an ability to recall an acceptable
propor tion of content from a verbal
presentation.
3. Recognize and take notes on important points
in lectures and discussions.
4. Identify and evaluate basic concepts at the
heart of a spoken presentation, including
purpose, assumptions, evidence, argument,
and inference.
I.
Logic & Critical Thinking
1. Demonstrate a mastery of the basic principles
of logical reasoning and critical thinking.
2. Logically and critically evaluate problem
situations by:
a. Identifying the assumptions, key issues, and
elements of the problem.
b. Creating hypotheses and predicting
outcomes.
c. Determining logical relationships.
d. Asking critical questions in order to discover
meaning.
e. Testing the validity of assumptions and
assertions by examining evidence.
f. Differentiating between opinion and fact.
g. Detecting fallacies in reasoning.
3. Construct a deductive or inductive line of
reasoning from premise (hypothesis) and
assumption to conclusion.
J .
Ma thema t i cs & Quant i t a t i ve
Reasoning
1. Use arithmetic, basic geometric, and algebraic
operations to solve typical ‘daily life’ problems.
2. Correctly interpret and present data - in
numerical, tabular, or graphic format - from
typical ‘daily life’ situations.
3. Use estimation to evaluate whether quantitative
data presented in ‘daily life’ situations is
reasonable and/or representative.
4. Evaluate the accuracy, validity, and reliability
of statistical information presented in ‘daily
life’ situations.
K. M
usic & Art
1. Identify and discuss the historical styles
and periods of music and art, and the
inter relationship with general histor y,
philosophies, culture, church history, and
other arts.
L.
Philosophy
1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of major
philosophers and their times, the issues they
sought to resolve, and their effect on the
development of philosophical thought.
2. Evaluate philosophical worldviews in light of
the Bible and biblical worldview assumptions.
3. Eva l ua t e how va r i ous ph i l osoph i ca l
perspectives will shape an individual’s response
to the great issues of life.
4. Eva l ua t e how va r i ous ph i l osoph i ca l
perspectives will affect individual and societal
responses to contemporary moral and ethical
issues.
M.
Political Studies
1. Understand the basic principles which form the
basis of the American governmental system
and the context in which it was established.
2. Understand in broad terms the American
political process.
3. Understand in broad terms the U.S.
Constitution, and the duties, responsibilities,
and rights therein.
N.
Reading & Literature
1. Evaluate literary texts, both fiction and
nonfiction, from a biblical perspective.
2. Read literary texts attentively to:
a. Identify the concept or theme(s) inherent in
the work.
b. Re c ogn i z e t h e a u t ho r ’s pu r po s e ,
presuppositions, implications, argument, and
use or lack of evidence.
c. Recognize how the author and work
may have been influenced by historical and
contemporary culture.
d. See a relationship between the work’s
content and its form.
3. Demonstrate a grasp of the broad outline
of English, American, or World literature,
together with an awareness of the historical
context in which an author or group of authors
wrote.
O.
Spoken Communication
1. Prepare and present a range of speeches that:
a. Present information, ideas, positions, or
opinions in a manner that reflects the virtues
of clarity, concision, accuracy, and persuasion.
b. Adapt words and rhetorical strategies
according to varying situations and audiences.
c. Make assumptions clear.
d.Use relevant logical arguments and
appropriate examples.
e. Incorporate various aspects of nonverbal
communication, including intonation, pause,
gesture, and body language.
f. Present creative and original thoughts
and ideas, extending beyond summarization
and repetition of readily available published
information.
2. Engage effectively in discussion as both
speaker and listener through interpreting,
analyzing, and summarizing.
P.
Written Communication
1. Prepare and present essays and other types
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