Bakersfield College

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Student Learning Outcomes

English B1A: Expository Composition

1. Read and think critically, including a variety of primarily non-fiction texts for content, context, and rhetorical merit with consideration of tone, audience, and purpose.

2. Evaluate and establish the credibility of print and online sources.

3. Demonstrate the legitimate use of scholarly sources by • using library and online reference materials. • incorporating summary, paraphrase, and direct quotes. • synthesizing multiple primary and secondary sources. • avoiding plagiarism.

4. Write essays out of class that • demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing. • reflect an orderly research and writing process. • use correct MLA form and documentation. • show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic style and tone.

5. Write timed essays in class exhibiting acceptable college-level control of mechanics, organization, development, and coherence.

 

English B50: Introduction to College Composition

1. Read and think critically about at least 1 book-length work in addition to selected readings.

2. Evaluate and establish the credibility of an author's work.

3. Demonstrate the legitimate use of credible sources by - summarizing and paraphrasing sources - synthesizing multiple sources. - avoiding plagiarism.

4. Write papers that - demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing. - demonstrate MLA form and citation. - show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic style and tone. - use a variety of sentence patterns appropriately and correctly. - use standard conventions of written English--spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

 

English B53: Reading, Reasoning, and Writing

1. Write papers that *demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing *demonstrate MLA format and citation *show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic tone and style *use a variety of sentence patterns appropriately and correctly *use the standard conventions of written English--spelling, punctuation, and capitalization

2. Demonstrate the legitimate use of credible sources by * summarizing, paraphrasing sources * synthesizing multiple sources * avoiding plagiarism.

3. Evaluate and establish the credibility of an author's work

4. Read a complete work and other selected readings around a theme and demonstrate comprehension, critical thinking, analysis, and connection to other texts, situations, and cultures.

5. Demonstrate the use of strategies, such as note taking, time management, study skills, goal setting, and college navigation, that are needed to be a successful college student.

 

English B60: Basic Writing Skills

1. Read and demonstrate comprehension and analysis of class readings from at least one book-length work, such as novel or anthology by * identifying author's purpose and recognizing author's tone * distinguishing between fact and opinion * summarizing for the purposes of writing and discussion

2. Demonstrate the use of outside sources by * beginning to use quotes and attributing them to the proper source * understanding the differences between one's own ideas and those of others * creating a simple synthesis between two readings or ideas

3. Write essays in and out of class that * demonstrate the ability to organize ideas that support a central concept * demonstrate sentence variety and appropriate word choice * demonstrate an awareness of and emerging competence with vocabulary strategies * show evidence of drafting, time management, editing, and revising * proofread to correct some errors in English grammar, usage, or punctuation * attempt to use basic MLA format

 

English B1B: Introduction to Types of Literature

1. Read and think critically about works of literature;

2. Recognize and analyze the major genres of imaginative literature: poetry, drama, and prose fiction;

3. Identify and discuss both themes and technical matters in literature using appropriate critical terminology;

4. Evaluate the logical relationship between form and content;

5. Write critical essays that demonstrate knowledge of literary works in all three major genres;

6. Use MLA format in identification, pagination, lineation, quotation, citation, and bibliography.

 

English B10: Introduction to Shakespeare

1. Interpret and demonstrate comprehension of Elizabethan English.

2. Discuss meanings and consider relationships between selected plays and sonnets by Shakespeare.

3. Write essays that appraise themes and techniques in both Shakespeare’s dramatic and non-dramatic works.

4. Perform out-of-class research related to biographical, literary, and historical criticism of Shakespeare’s work and relevant historical issues.

 

English B2: Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

1. Critically read, analyze, compare, and evaluate complex texts.

2. Analyze and employ logical methods such as inductive and deductive reasoning, cause and effect, and logos, ethos, and pathos. Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought.

3. Identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts.

4. Compose thesis-driven arguments to suit a variety of rhetorical situations, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples. Essays, papers, and class presentations will: a. develop a thesis that governs the organization of the paper; b. present coherent and logical claims; c. provide clear links between claims and support; d. present sufficient and relevant evidence; e. evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, and authority; f. synthesize and integrate sources; g. credit sources appropriately and correctly; and h. gauge the needs of and address a specific audience.

5. Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources, incorporating them into written essays and class presentations using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism.

6. Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task; proofread and edit essays for presentation so they exhibit no disruptive errors in English grammar, usage, or punctuation. Essays, papers, and class presentations will: a. use standard American English correctly; b. make stylistic choices in persona, syntax, and diction; and c. gauge the needs of and address a specific audience.

 

English B20 A: Survey of World Literature

1. Demonstrate familiarity with important authors, works, genres, and themes of the period

2. Analyze and interpret themes found in the literatures and intellectual movements of the period

3. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of critical literary analysis

4. Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, political, religious, regional, and/or aesthetic contexts

5. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, written exams, and essays using appropriate citation form

6. Synthesize secondary sources with primary texts in essays with proper MLA format, in- text citations, and works cited pages

 

English B21: African American Literature

1. Demonstrate a familiarity with major authors, works, genres, and themes of African American literature.

2. Analyze, evaluate, and interpret themes found in the major genres of African-American imaginative literature: oral tradition, poetry, drama, and prose fiction.

3. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of critical literary analysis.

4. Relate African American literary works to their historical, cultural, philosophical,social, political, and aesthetic contexts.

5. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, presentations, written exams, and written essays that synthesize, analyze, and interpret African-American literary works.

6. Use MLA format in identification, pagination, lineation, quotation, citation, and bibliography.

 

English B24: Latino/a Literature

1. Critically examine works of Latino/a literature.

2. Distinguish literary works within a particular historical and political context.

3. Identify and discuss both themes and technical matters in Latino/a literature using appropriate critical terminology.

4. Evaluate the logical relationship between form and content.

5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze works of literature.

6. Use MLA format correctly.

 

English B25 B: Survey of World Literature

1. Demonstrate familiarity with important authors, works, genres, and themes of the period

2. Analyze and interpret themes found in the literatures and intellectual movements of the period

3. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate academic discourse and conventions of critical literary analysis

4. Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, political, religious, regional, and/or aesthetic contexts

5. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, written exams, and essays using appropriate citation form

6. Synthesize secondary sources with primary texts in essays with proper MLA format, in-text citations, and works cited pages

7. Course Objectives a. Students will be exposed to important authors, works, genres, and themes of the period b. Students will be taught how to analyze and interpret literary themes c. Students will be taught how to use critical analysis and academic discourse d. Students will be instructed how to synthesize secondary course material with primary texts in well-developed essays e. Students will be exposed to important multi-cultural themes and topics through the assigned literature

 

English B27: The Bible as Literature

1. Identify genres of the Bible: narrative, poetry, drama, epistle, didactics, wisdom, and prophecy.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the literary study of the Bible by using the standard techniques and terms of literary analysis to discuss and interpret Biblical texts.

3. Apply the usual tools of literary study--character analysis, identification of theme, major symbols, importance of setting, etc.--to show the influence of the Bible on other works of literature.

4. Synthesize secondary sources with primary texts in essays with proper MLA format, in-text citations, and works cited pages.

 

English B28: Classical Mythology

1. Read and think critically about individual myths, sagas, legends, and folk tales

2. Define terminology: myth, saga, legend, and folk tale

3. Explain and analyze theories about the meaning and interpretation of myth

4. Connect myths to their cultural and historical contexts

5. Relate myths to the modern era

 

English B3: Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature

1. Critically read, analyze, compare and evaluate complex literary texts.

2. Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought.

3. Identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts.

4. Analyze and employ logical and structural methods such as inductive and deductive reasoning, cause and effect, and logs, ethos, and pathos.

5. Compose a thesis-driven argument of interpretation or evaluation and support it with textual evidence, using a variety of appropiate examples and demonstrating appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of literary analysis.

6. Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources, incorporating them into written work using appropriate documentation format without plagiarism.

7. Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to the academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task; proofread and edit essays for presentation so they exhibit no disruptive errors in English grammar, usage, or punctuation.

8. Identify key elements of major genres in order to analyze and interpret texts.

9. Define common literary terms and apply these to analysis of specific texts.

 

English B30A: Survey of American Literature

1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major periods, authors, and works associated with American literature from the Colonial era to the American Civil War.

2. Analyze and interpret themes found in the literature and intellectual movements of the Colonial, Early National, and Romantic periods.

3. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate academic discourse and conventions of critical literary analysis.

4. Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, political, regional, and/or aesthetic contexts.

5. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, written exams, and essays using appropriate citation form.

 

English B30B: Survey of American Literature

1. Demonstrate familiarity with major periods, authors, and works associated with American literature from the American Civil War era to the present.

2. Analyze and interpret themes found in the literature and intellectual movements belonging to the Naturalist, Realist, Modernist, and Contemporary periods.

3. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of critical literary analysis.

4. Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, regional, and/or aesthetic contexts.

5. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, written exams, and essays using appropriate citation form.

 

English B33: Children’s Literature

1. Demonstrate familiarity with major authors, works, genres, and themes in children's literature;

2. Analyze and interpret themes and intellectual movements found in children's literature;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of literary genres, conventions of critical literary analysis, and appropriate academic discourse;

4. Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, political, aesthetic, and cultural contexts;

5. Demonstrate awareness of culturally diverse audiences;

6. Demonstrate comprehension of the above through class discussion, through written exams, and through essays that synthesize secondary sources with primary texts with proper MLA format.

 

English B41A: Introduction to Creative Writing

1. Demonstrate the use of literary techniques in the production of original works in different genres.

2. Use critical thinking to analyze and evaluate various published and original creative works in and out of a workshop setting.

3. Revise and copy-edit their own literary works.

4. Participate in a community of writers by providing feedback in workshops, by peer editing, and/or by participating in oral discussion of original student works.

 

English B5 A: Survey of English Literature

1. Develop a knowledge of representative works, genres, and themes of the periods covered;

2. Analyze and interpret the literature and intellectual movements of the periods, relating them to their historical, philosophical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of literary genres, critical techniques, and terminology;

4. Analyze themes and techniques in works of poetry, fiction, and drama;

5. Synthesize secondary sources with primary texts in essays with proper MLA format, in-text citations, and works cited pages.

 

English B5 B: Survey of English Literature

1. Develop a knowledge of representative works, genres, and themes of the periods covered;

2. Analyze and interpret the literature and intellectual movements of the periods, relating them to their historical, philosophical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of literary genres, critical techniques, and terminology;

4. Analyze themes and techniques in works of poetry, fiction, and drama;

5. Synthesize secondary sources with primary texts in essays with proper MLA format, in-text citations, and works cited pages

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