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Principle 1


Foundations for Effective Learning and Communication

Fluency in reading, writing, and oral communication; mastery of the basic principles of logical, mathematical, and scientific reasoning; and literacy in information resources and learning technologies.

Requirements Adopted 10/20/2006

Principle 1 domain

Foundation course

Advanced coursework
(level 200 and above, in major whenever possible)  See individual Majors for further details

1. Reading/writing

W131 Elementary Composition I

At least two Intensive Writing courses

2. Oral Communication

S121  Public Speaking

At least one Advanced Oral Communication course

3. Logical Reasoning

W131 Elementary Composition I,
S121 Public Speaking,  
Natural Science Course with Lab,
Foundation Math Course

Advanced requirements in logical reasoning will be satisfied through completion of advanced course in domains 1,2,4 and 5

4. Mathematical Reasoning

One course among the following:
M100  Basic Mathematics,
T101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers,  M118  Finite Mathematics,
M119, M125, M215 etc. (see major for specific course)

At least one Advanced Mathematical Reasoning course (e.g. K200, E270, K300, M216 and higher math courses, etc.)

5. Scientific  Reasoning

Natural science course with lab

At least one Advanced Scientific Reasoning course
(either natural or social sciences)

6. Information Literacy

W131 Elementary Composition I
S121 Public Speaking,
Natural Science Course with Lab

At least one Information Literacy course

7. Learning Technologies Literacy

W131 Elementary Composition I ,
S121  Public Speaking,
Natural Science Course with Lab

At least one Learning Technologies course

Learning outcomes - Adopted 01/16/2009

1. Reading and Writing

IU Northwest students will:
  • Read actively and critically, analyzing and evaluating a writer’s ideas and assumptions, use of illustrations, examples and evidence, and the effectiveness of the structure and style of challenging written texts.
  • Analyze and evaluate the relationship between a writer’s central purpose in a text and the rhetorical means—ethical, emotional, and logical—used to advance that purpose.
  • Use the writing process as a tool of inquiry to discover, explore, test, and develop ideas.
  • Draft and revise written texts that provide readers with effectively organized and clearly integrated support—in the form of illustrations and examples, relevant and sufficient data, and other pertinent sources of information and ideas—of a well-formulated thesis.
  • Incorporate the words and ideas of others correctly and effectively, as support of the text’s thesis.
  • Edit written texts for clarity and appropriateness of style, precision of language, and correctness in grammar and punctuation, and adhere to the expectations of an appropriate documentation style.

2. Oral Communication

IU Northwest students will:
  • Demonstrate a clearly defined purpose through an effective delivery of oral presentations that manifest logical organization,  proper grammar, appropriate word choices, and coherent sentence structure.
  • Present a central idea, clearly reasoned arguments, and an audience-centered perspective that takes account of communicative differences across cultures.
  • Engage in ethical practices that include citation of credible sources.
  • Demonstrate effective use of media and technologies that enhance the presentation.

3. Logical Reasoning outcomes appear among outcomes in domains 1, 2, 4 and 5.

4. Mathematical Reasoning

IU Northwest students will:

  • Use mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables to draw inferences.
  • Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, logical and/or statistical methods to model and solve real world problems.

5. Scientific Reasoning

IU Northwest students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain how scientific theories are formulated, tested, and validated.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply scientific methods which include defining parameters of problem, seeking relevant information, subjecting proposed solutions to rigorous testing, and drawing conclusions based on the process.

6. Information Literacy

IU Northwest students will:

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information and the information sources needed.
  • Access the information efficiently from a diverse set of information sources
  • Evaluate the information sources critically and incorporate selected information into papers and projects.
  • Utilize information sources ethically and effectively document and communicate acquired information to accomplish a specific purpose.

7. Learning Technologies Literacy

IU Northwest students will:

  • Use appropriate technologies as a tool to solve problems and to accomplish given tasks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use and learn new technologies.
  • Use computer and other technologies effectively and appropriately to communicate information in a variety of formats.
  • Use appropriate technology resources to identify and evaluate information, create and transfer knowledge.