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English 112 (English Composition II)

Objectives for Researching

Below is a master list of the objectives regarding doing research for the various modules in the Litonline webs which support the major competencies from the list of competencies generated at the 2003 VCCS May Symposium on Commonwealth Courses. [The link gives instructions for logging onto Blackboard.]

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Competency 120 [Using Source Materials]: Use appropriate strategies to write expository essays that employ supporting evidence; use information from primary and secondary sources; incorporate graphics where appropriate; anticipate and address readers’ biases and expectations.

Competency 126 [Research Methods]: Understand and use research methodologies.  

Competency 127 [Research Process] : Formulate research questions, refine topics, develop a plan for research and organize what is known about the topic.

Competency 128 [Research to Form and Support Opinions]: Use research to support and develop their own opinions, as opposed to simply restating existing information or opinions.

Competency 129 [When to Use Research]: Identify claims in their writing that require outside support or verification.

Competency 130 [Variety in Research]:  

Competency 131 [Research for Support]: Collect information to develop a topic and support a thesis.

Competency 132 [Primary vs. Secondary]: Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

Competency 130 and 133 [Variety of Sources]: Find a variety of sources and use them properly (130).  Use a variety of print or electronic primary and secondary sources including books, magazines, newspapers, journals, periodicals and the Internet (133).

Competency 134 [Plagiarism vs. Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Quoting]: Understand the concept of plagiarism and how (or why) to avoid it and understand rules for paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting, as well as conventions for incorporating information from Internet-based sources in particular.

Competency 105 [Visual Images]:  Read and interpret visual images.

Competency 135 and 137 [Evaluating (Internet) Sources]: Evaluate sources of information located on the Internet in particular to ascertain their credibility, origin, potential bias, and overall quality( 135).  Evaluate sources critically, discerning the quality of the materials and qualifying the strength of the evidence and arguments, as well as determining credibility, identifying bias and perspective of the author and using prior knowledge of the source (137).

Competency 136 [Incorporating Source Material]: Select relevant sources when researching topics and appropriately include information from such sources; logically introduce and incorporate quotations; synthesize information in a logical sequence; identify different perspectives; identify complexities and discrepancies in information; and offer support for conclusions.

These objectives in Litonline are related to the competencies listed above.

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