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MCWP Program Goals and Course Outcomes

Program Goals

  • Develop and refine critical thinking skills;
  • Develop an ability to read, understand, and critique texts in diverse genres;
  • Develop skills necessary for clear communication;
  • Acquire a vocabulary and techniques for analysis and critical thought;
  • Revise written work on a rhetorical level (in respect to thesis or claim, argument, evidence, and analysis) and on a sentence level (in respect to grammar, tone, syntax, and style);
  • Develop arguments in a logical and effective way;
  • Account for audience in their writing;
  • Learn and follow the MLA citation format;
  • In general, learn skills useful in their work for other classes or future careers; and
  • Adhere to the guidelines for academic integrity and conduct, including rules for avoiding plagiarism, as set forth by the University of California, San Diego.

Course Outcomes

MCWP 40 Outcomes

At the successful completion of MCWP 40, students should
  • Realize that writing is a process that includes revision, collaboration, and discussion
  • Recognize that writers are ultimately responsible for their own writing
  • Reflect on their critical and analytical processes for writing
  • Respond accurately to different writing assignments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of course concepts
  • Incorporate feedback from instructors and peers to improve writing
  • Provide constructive feedback to peers
  • Use key components and conventions of writing appropriately
  • Use an appropriate organization strategy

MCWP 50 Outcomes

At the successful completion of MCWP 50, students should, in addition to the outcomes in MCWP 40,
  • Learn to develop a claim supported by appropriate evidence
  • Develop questions to guide research
  • Acknowledge different perspectives on a given topic or issue
  • Distinguish among primary, secondary, and tertiary sources
  • Identify scholarly resources
  • Evaluate sources for credibility
  • Navigate library resources

MCWP 125 Outcomes

At the successful completion of MCWP 125, students should

  • Realize that writing is a process that includes revision, collaboration, and discussion
  • Recognize that writers are ultimately responsible for their own writing
  • Reflect on their critical and analytical processes for writing
  • Respond accurately to different writing assignments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of course concepts
  • Incorporate feedback from instructors and peers to improve writing
  • Provide constructive feedback to peers
  • Use key components and conventions of writing appropriately
  • Use an appropriate organization strategy
  • Learn to develop a claim supported by appropriate evidence 
  • Develop questions to guide research 
  • Acknowledge different perspectives on a given topic or issue 
  • Distinguish among primary, secondary, and tertiary sources 
  • Identify scholarly resources  
  • Evaluate sources for credibility 
  • Navigate library resources