First Year Students – Learning Outcomes

First Year Students will be familiar with the following at the end of their academic year:

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.

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.