Competencies Across the Curriculum & Measurable Outcomes

Oral Communication
is the creation of common understanding through the use of verbal and non-verbal messages in a variety of contexts.At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Organize ideas in a logical and purposeful way, using effective verbal and non-verbal skills to explain those ideas in a variety of oral communication interactions
  • Compose and deliver oral messages appropriate to an intended audience
  • Acknowledge diverse opinions, cultural and individual differences in communication interactions
  • Paraphrase information and opposing points of view in conversation
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of attentive, effective, and respectful listening behaviors in oral communication situations
  • Phrase questions in order to obtain information in a variety of interactions
  • Use communication skills to manage conflict

Written Communication
is the written expression of clear ideas in standard English and the ability to analyze and interpret college level material.
At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Apply the stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing) a document
  • Identify suitable topics and controlling ideas
  • Develop suitable topics and controlling ideas
  • Generate and select logical and sufficient evidence/support
  • Arrange ideas appropriately
  • Engage in purposeful revision and editing (self-assessment, provide feedback to others, respond to assessment, etc.)
  • Shape messages to appeal to multiple audiences and situations
  • Compose works that apply the correct structures of composition:
  • Coherent paragraphing
  • Intelligible sentence structure
  • Precise and varied word choice
  • Correct spelling, grammar, and mechanics

Integrate Sources

  • Select credible and relevant sources using the library, electronic resources, and/or field research
  • Synthesize multiple sources to support one central idea
  • Incorporate sources (using summary, paraphrase, and quotation)
  • Cite and document appropriately for specific discipline

Read and Respond Critically

  • Identify relationships between/among main points and supporting ideas
  • Identify explicit and implicit ideas
  • Evaluate effectiveness of written works
  • Develop responses to readings that reflect higher level thinking skills

Critical Thinking /Problem Solving
is the application of higher order analytical and creative cognitive processes.
At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Raise relevant questions
  • Articulate ideas or problems
  • Organize observable data into useful formats
  • Use appropriate problem solving methods
  • Exhibit openness to alternative ideas
  • Construct measures to evaluate appropriateness, truthfulness, usefulness or validity of an idea or argument
  • Demonstrate analysis of information to support a chosen position with attention to consequences
  • Recognize logical fallacies

is an awareness of personal obligations and responsibilities in one’s community of influence.
At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Examine personal values
  • Reflect on personal values
  • Demonstrate recognition of different value systems
  • Display behavior consistent with the ethical standards within a discipline or profession
  • Act as a responsible citizen in a variety of communities
  • Exhibit behavior congruent with policies contained in the Sinclair Student Handbook, including the Sinclair Honor Code
  • Take responsibility for actions
  • Demonstrate honesty in a variety of contexts
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Demonstrate respect for diverse cultures
  • Understand the expectations, obligations, and processes of local and global citizenship

Information Literacy
is the ability to effectively locate, evaluate, and use information.
At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Formulate a thesis and questions based on need
  • Identify appropriate investigative methods
  • Access information using library resources, electronic resources and/or field resources
  • Analyze information
  • Evaluate information
  • Organize information systematically and appropriately
  • Use information legally

Computer Literacy
The ability to apply concepts and terminology in the basic operation of computers.
At the completion of the associate degree at Sinclair, the student should be able to:

  • Utilize electronic mail applications
  • Create e-mail messages
  • Manage mailboxes
  • Use e-mail features (possible examples: open, reply, forward, open attachments, and scan for viruses) Utilize Internet applications
  • Navigate between and within Web sites
  • Select appropriate search engines for desired information
  • Construct and refine searches Utilize word processing applications
  • Create, format, and edit documents for readability and grammar
  • Incorporate word processing features as needed: (possible examples: creating tables, importing graphic objects, inserting headers/footers, and designing layout) Utilize operating system software and data management skills
  • Employ desktop operating skills (use mouse buttons or keyboard shortcuts)
  • Apply appropriate file and disk management techniques (rearrange files, copy, delete, rename, and backup data)