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2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Competencies

General Education studies are central to the mission of Owens Community College.

All degree-seeking students entering or re-entering Owens must complete a series of core courses including Communication (oral and written), Mathematical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, Social Responsibility and Information Literacy.  These classes are intended to prepare students with the foundations needed for further General Education classes; achievement of these competencies will be measured throughout a student’s academic career.

Oral Communication

Students will listen actively and speak clearly using effective organizational strategies.

Students will:

  • Organize ideas logically and coherently.
  • Develop ideas sufficiently.
  • Use effective verbal and nonverbal techniques to communicate messages.
  • Respond to feedback.
  • Adapt to situational constraints.
  • Employ effective listening.

Core Courses: The oral communication core competency is met when a student successfully completes either 

 , SPE101 , SPE102  or SPE210 .

Written Communication

Written communication skills include analysis, logic, documentation and adherence to the conventions of standard English. Using critical thinking skills, learners evaluate written communications, complete research projects, synthesize information, develop ideas, and compose written documents.

In composing written documents, students will:

  • State ideas clearly.
  • Organize, develop, and support ideas.
  • Use appropriate argument techniques.
  • Adhere to the conventions of standard English.

In addition to the above skills, when composing written documents requiring research, students will

  • Select relevant and reliable resources.
  • Read critically.
  • Integrate sources and synthesize ideas and information.
  • Cite and document sources.

Core Courses: The written communication competency is met when a student successfully completes ENG112 .

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning involves the application of mathematical techniques to problem solving.  Students should be able to apply quantitative skills to problems encountered in class and in everyday life; these include numerical, graphical, symbolic and verbal skills.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of functions and functional notation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative problem solving.
  • Utilize appropriate technologies.
  • Exhibit estimating proficiency .
  • Apply algebraic skills to quantitative problem solving.
  • Analyze and interpret graphical data presentations.

Core Courses: The quantitative reasoning core competency is met when a student successfully completes MTH108 , MTH110 , MTH118 , MTH121 , MTH122 MTH125 , MTH151 , MTH152 , MTH155 , MTH170 , MTH173 , MTH175 , MTH180 , MTH211  or MTH213 .    

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking involves finding connections between concepts, asking relevant questions, and solving personal, professional and academic problems.

Students will be able to:

  • Generate and justify ideas and questions.
  • Identify, examine, and assess relationships between ideas and concepts.
  • Determine problems, hypothesize possible courses of action, apply appropriate solutions, and evaluate outcomes.

Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is represented by ethical engagement within academic, local, regional, state, and international communities. Students who are socially responsible exhibit ethical behavior in all endeavors and demonstrate understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures.

Students will:

  • Identify the Owens Community College code of conduct.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the principles contained within the code of conduct.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Owens policies and procedures.
  • Identify what constitutes an ethical question.
  • Understand how to answer questions of an ethical nature.
  • Behave ethically and consistently with college policies, state and federal laws, and professional codes of conduct.
  • Treat all people respectfully and fairly.
  • Analyze and interpret social, cultural and international perspectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social and historical trends and their effect on national and global issues.
  • Complete responsibilities associated with their membership in the Owens community.
  • Demonstrate involvement in a school, community, state, national or world club, organization, or project.

Core Courses and Co-curriculum Connections: Social responsibility is fostered and modeled throughout all curriculum and co-curricular activities in which students engage. The FYE121  College Foundations course systematically explores the importance of this core competency to entering students. The diversity outcomes (8, 9, and 10) can be met when student successfully completes one of the following courses: ENG215 , ENG225 , HUM275 , HIS170  , HIS270 , PSY270 , SPA100 , SOC220 , SOC270 , WST110  .  The citizenship engagement learning outcome (11) can be met when a student successfully completes one of the following courses: GOV100 , GOV205  or GOV207 .

Information Literacy

Students should be able to use computers and technology to retrieve information.

Students will:

  • Identify, select and apply appropriate technology tools and resources.
  • Model responsible use of technology systems, information and software.
  • Develop efficient electronic file management techniques.
  • Apply proper “netiquette”.
  • Create, publish and present information using appropriate formats.
  • Use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity and promote creativity.
  • Use the Internet for research and classroom assignments.
  • Conform to ethics regarding software licensing and proprietary information.
  • Evaluate the quality and authenticity of information.
  • Critique and evaluate the impact of electronic communications.
  • Understand the ethical, cultural and societal issues related to technology.
  • Abide by College computer usage policy.
  • Employ recommended techniques of data security.

Core Courses: Fundamentals of Computing Systems (IST100 ), Microcomputer Concepts and Applications (IST131 ) or Computer Diagnosis (EET130 ) and the ENG111  and ENG112  sequence.