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C. Information Competency

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C. Information Competency

Students will use printed materials, personal communications, observation, and electronic resources to find and evaluate information.
2. Technological Competency: Students will use technological applications to find, organize, and present information effectively.


  • Define and articulate the need for information that is appropriate to complete a specific college-level research project or paper.

  • Match the information requirement with the appropriate resources, such as: format type; primary and secondary information; current and historical information; information representing various points of view; and scholarly versus popular press.

  • Construct and implement search strategies appropriate for a variety of retrieval systems, including: online catalogs; periodical databases; statistical databases; online reference tools; and World Wide Web search tools.


  • Organize and evaluate information from multiple sources based on usefulness, reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.

  • Read the selected texts, recognize main ideas with supporting details, and will synthesize the information obtained to meet the needs of a college-level assignment.

  • Compile a discipline-appropriate bibliography of sources obtained through their research at the beginner level.


  • Successfully complete a college-level research paper utilizing a word processing program, and other necessary software, such as a spreadsheet, data base management program, or graphics program.

  • Successfully discuss, present and preserve the research findings using a variety of media, including presentation software and CD recorder.

  • Successfully publish the final product of a research project on the Internet with software that may include multimedia recording and presentation capabilities.

D. Social Interaction

Students will interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others' opinions, feelings and values.


1. Teamwork: Students will participate effectively in teams, committees, task forces, and in other group efforts to make decisions and seek consensus.


  • Joins a group cooperatively.

  • Acknowledge members of the group.

  • Listens attentively to members of the group.

  • Be prepared and reliable members of the group.

  • Contribute to the end product of the group. 


  • Give input and/or recommendations confidently.

  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely fashion.

  • Respect differing points of view.

  • Agree on group priorities, goals and procedures.

  • Help to build a consensus.


  • Take an active position in group by assigning tasks and/or speaking for the group.

  • Take responsibility for end product that reflects the minority as well as the majority conclusions of the group.

  • Encourage and acknowledge the work of other group members.

F. Personal Development and Responsibility

Students will develop individual responsibility, personal integrity, and respect for diverse people and cultures.

1. Self-management: Students will demonstrate habits of intellectual exploration, personal responsibility, and physical well being.


  • Demonstrates personal responsibility through generally good attendance, punctuality, and performance of required tasks.

  • Monitors the quality of his/her own acceptance of responsibility and responds to advice or counseling where appropriate.

  • Participates in the development of a personal educational plan by interacting with staff and others in shaping and refining his/her educational goals and strategies for achieving them.


  • Demonstrates an understanding of the role of physical well being in achieving educational and personal goals.

  • Participates in the development of a personal academic portfolio to document her/his educational growth and her/his habits of intellectual exploration.


  • Develops and maintains an on-line portfolio to document his/her educational growth and habits of intellectual exploration.

  • Selects institutions to which she/he wants to apply for admission, employment, or some other professional consideration.

  • Identifies appropriate contact within the institution to send portfolio to.

  • Sends electronic portfolio to institutions, including a cover letter addressed to a specific contact within the institution.


3. Respect for Diverse People and Cultures: Students will interact respectfully in groups whose membership includes such diverse human traits as language, culture, and physical ability.


  • Identifies and describes the aspects of a number of cultures, including their own.

  • Can work in diverse groups when given the opportunity.

  • Appreciates the variety of U.S. residents.

  • Is familiar with the historical struggle for equality and justice in the U.S.


  • Identifies many cultural and linguistic backgrounds and reflects upon cultural and linguistic prejudice.

  • Understands cultural, linguistic and physical differences.

  • Interacts respectfully with others in the classroom, including his/her instructor.


  • Strives to be understanding and respectful, when working in groups with people who have diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and different physical abilities.

  • Proactively and compassionately influences others to respect diverse people and cultures.

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