First Year Students – Learning Outcomes

First Year Students will be familiar with the following at the end of their academic year. When they graduate, they will be familiar with the Student Learning Outcomes.

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize that authority may be conferred or manifested in multiple ways.
  • Articulate where the authority of each source lies and why they have selected it for a particular purpose.

Information Creation as a Process

Students will be able to:

  • Assess the fit between an information product’s creation process and a particular information need.
  • Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination.

Information has Value

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of intellectual property including its legal and social constructs.
  • Integrate the original ideas of others through proper attribution in their academic paper or project.

Research as Inquiry

Students will be able to:

  • Generate a question based on the information they gathered during the research process.
  • Determine an appropriate scope of the question.
  • Continuously redefine the question by managing the gathered information and assessing for gaps and weaknesses.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Students will be able to:

  • Match research needs and search strategies to research tools.
  • Design and refine search strategies based on search results.
  • Seek guidance from librarians.

Scholarship as Conversation

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the contribution of particular articles, books and other scholarly pieces.
  • Recognize they are often entering into an ongoing scholarly conversation and not a finished conversation.
  • Recognize that each scholarly work has differing values and limitations.