General Education Student Learning Outcomes

All SLOs are mandated by SUNY except for Brockport-specific (“local”) SLOs which appear in italics.

Main Page Content

I. Knowledge and Skill Areas

  1. Mathematics

    Students will demonstrate the ability to:

    • interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics;
    • represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally;
    • employ quantitative methods such as, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems;
    • estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness; and
    • recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

  2. Natural Sciences (N) and Natural Sciences with Laboratory (L)

    Students will:

    • demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
    • show competence in at least two of the mathematical skills identified in MTH 112.
    • demonstrate application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
    • acquire and analyze scientific data through laboratory experiences in one of the natural sciences.
    • identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they appear in their own and others’ work (from SUNY’s Critical Thinking competency area).
    • write a short paper or report reflecting the writing conventions of the disciplinary area, with at least one opportunity for feedback and revision or multiple opportunities for feedback.

  3. Social Sciences (S)

    Students will demonstrate:

    • understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis.
    • knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the Social Sciences.

  4. Humanities (H)

    Students will:

    • demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the Humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas in the General Education curriculum.
    • identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they appear in their own and others’ work (from SUNY’s Critical Thinking competency area).
    • understand and use basic research techniques (from SUNY's Information Management competency area).
    • write a short paper or report reflecting the writing conventions of the disciplinary area, with at least one opportunity for feedback and revision or multiple opportunities for feedback.

  5. Fine Arts (F) and Fine Arts with Performance (P)

    Students will:

    • demonstrate understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.
    • identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they appear in their own and others’ work. (SUNY’s Critical Thinking competency area)
    • write a short paper or report reflecting the writing conventions of the disciplinary area, with at least one opportunity for feedback and revision or multiple opportunities for feedback.

  6. Other World Civilizations (O)

    Students will:

    • demonstrate knowledge of either a broad outline of world history OR the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society and culture of one non-Western civilization.
    • compare the perspective of at least one non-Western society with their own.

  7. Foreign Language

    Students will demonstrate:

    • basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language.
    • knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying.

  8. Basic Communication

    Written

    Students will:

    • produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms.
    • demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts.
    • research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details.

    Oral (Y)

    Students will:

    • develop proficiency in oral discourse.
    • evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.

II. Competencies

SUNY SLOs that are infused throughout the GE program

  1. Critical Thinking

    Students will:

    • identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others’ work.
    • develop well-reasoned arguments.

  2. Information Management

    Students will:

    • perform the basic operations of personal computer use.
    • understand and use basic research techniques (Introduced in Basic Communication, Written Area; developed in Knowledge Area H courses; and mastered in Contemporary Issues I courses).
    • locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources (Introduced in First Year APS courses; developed in Basic Communication, Written Area; mastered in Contemporary Issues I courses).

Local Requirements/Perspectives Courses

  1. Contemporary Issues (I)

    This course builds on students’ learning in the lower division Knowledge Area courses. It gives students an opportunity to practice critical analysis, synthesizing knowledge, and applying skills in new contexts. The Knowledge Areas are: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

    Students will:

    • integrate knowledge from at least two Knowledge Areas to analyze a major issue of contemporary and enduring human significance.
    • recognize and articulate relationships between different Knowledge Areas.
    • understand and use basic research techniques (SUNY-wide SLO in the Information Management competency area).
    • locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources (SUNY-wide SLO in the Information Management competency area).
    • develop and defend well-reasoned arguments (SUNY-wide SLO in the Critical Thinking competency area).
    • write a major research paper with at least one opportunity for feedback and revision OR demonstrate mastery of the course issue(s) in some equivalent manner as determined by the instructor.

  2. Perspectives on Women and Gender (W)

    Students will:

    • demonstrate critical awareness of scholarship on women and gender as an aspect of patriarchal systems within a relevant knowledge area, with such scholarship constituting a central or major theme of the course as opposed to a peripheral or occasional consideration.

  3. Diversity (D)

    Students will:

    • analyze social conflicts, prejudices, and/or intolerance relevant to a contemporary setting, and arising from such issues as racism, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, class, etc. These concerns shall constitute a major or central theme of the course, as opposed to a peripheral or occasional consideration.

Last Updated 3/14/19

Close mobile navigation